Meditation/prayer malas are tools to help ground and center your mind as you concentrate on a prayer, meditation or thought with each bead.
They are often made with 108 beads or some division of 9 thereof. This is a 'pocket mala,' made of 27 beads; four turns of the mala creates a full count of 108.
pocket malas (27 bead): various
Speak or meditate on an intention, prayer or thought as you touch and pass each bead. Slip into a pocket, purse or drawer---use any time you need centering, calm, thoughtfulness, or a remedy for boredom. Being caught in traffic was never so productive.