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Simple is the Key: How to Keep a Prayer Journal
As with every daily practice, there are many ways to make keeping a prayer journal more detailed or in-depth. I’m going to share with you how to keep a prayer journal that you will actually be able to stick with.
These first 3 steps are a basic outline of what I do each and every day—no matter what.
This is my quiet time with the Lord. And what I never realized before was that every single person has equal access to this open line of communication with God. You don’t need to attend seminary school or be baptized.
Anyone can talk to the Lord and He will talk back–you just have to be willing to listen.
A Wandering Mind
Some people can simply pray in their mind and talk to God that way, but I get way too distracted and start thinking about my grocery list or how I need to shave my legs. My mind always wanders.
Writing out my prayers has brought about a freedom in my relationship with Christ that I longed for but never knew if it was really possible.
Having a pen in my hand, determined to create sentences—that is what keeps my brain focused on the prayer—on writing the very next word.
Basic/Daily Prayer Journal Format:
Open with prayer. Ask the Lord to guide your mind to a piece of scripture, a memory, a sermon, a song, or a friend.
Begin writing—“Father, what do you want me to know about _________?” or “I am sensing that I am supposed to pray about ___________.” I try to stay in the Spirit at this point—allowing Him to guide my thoughts and I write whatever comes to mind. I keep writing until I’m done.
At this point, I usually have a good idea where God wants me to go and I’ve written my initial thoughts out. Sometimes it’s a couple pages and sometimes it’s a brief paragraph.
There have been many times where it’s just a word or a name and I’m stuck. When that happens I talk to God about why I might be stuck there. What is He trying to teach me? Why is He keeping me here?
(It’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to keep a prayer journal.)
I almost always like to find one or more verses that correspond with my prayer. I do this to make sure that there is Biblical truth in what I wrote—kind of like a way to check myself.
You Can’t be Stopped
Do not let fear or doubt stop you from this awesome form of worship. Fear that you’ll do it all wrong or doubt that it will even work.
That is the enemy talking–he doesn’t want to see you magnify the Father and marvel at God’s glory through your writing.
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
If you’re just starting out or you’re feeling stuck or uninspired–check out my list of prompts for your first 30 days of prayer journaling. Oh and I also have a list of 10 things you can track in your prayer journal. If you’re wondering what some of my favorite prayer journal tools are–check out this post!