I gave you the why’s for praying journaling in my last blog Prayer Journaling 101. Now, let’s get to the how.
Let’s start with what I think of as the “traditional” prayer journal. I put it in quotes because there is no formula that must be followed for this, but in this type of journal, you just write your prayers.
Although I pray all throughout the day, I find that it also helps me to set aside some time for focused prayer. That’s where my prayer journal comes in handy. I find that my written prayers tend to feel more sincere and focused, because my attention does not become as easily distracted.
I also like the language I use when I write a little more than the informal language I use when I speak, so when I really want to give God my personal best, I write.
This type of journal is also where you might want to write how you are feeling and then pray about it. Perhaps you are feeling joyful and full of praise. Write out your praises and leave that proof of His faithfulness for the next time you need to be reminded that He still answers prayers.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, He already knows it. Talk to Him about it. When He created Adam and Eve, He came down in the cool of the day to talk with them. He wants fellowship with us. He has also invited us to come boldly to His throne of grace in our time of need. It’s ok to tell Him things. Write it out in your prayer journal and watch Him come to your rescue! He will.
Sometimes, even as I’m writing, I can feel God’s Holy Spirit…the Comforter…come upon me, bringing me peace, and speaking comfort to me. If you have your prayer journal, you can write down the things you feel God speak to your heart as He speaks them. What beautiful records to have for later reference, as well. 🙂
To the left, is a record of a night when I was feeling down, but had gone to the altar at church and the Lord spoke to me through a Pastor and lifted me up. I remember that service and I’m so glad I have it recorded as a reminder that my God is faithful! I wrote it down and praised the Lord through prayer in my journal. He deserved honor for what He had done for me. I wanted it to be known! When my kids read through that one day, they will see His faithfulness at work and know that I was grateful!
Prayer journals are also an excellent place to record prayer requests. How many people have you told that you will be praying for them? Have you been? You can write their names down and come back to them daily or weekly and pray for them. You can also leave a record and remind others as you watch God answer those prayers.
I hope that you are feeling encouraged to begin a prayer journal. They aren’t anything fancy. Just a way to keep our ever-distracted minds focused as we pray, and a beautiful record of God’s faithfulness, love, and provision.
Next time, I will share a few of my less traditional journal pages. They’re different, but have been helpful during different seasons of my soul.
Grab your journal and pen. It’s time to start writing!
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