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After I wrote this post about keeping a prayer journal (and provided an adorable free printable for your first 30 days of prayer journaling,) I got a few emails from people who wanted to know what it actually looked like to keep a prayer journal.
Is it literally just writing out prayers or is there more to it than that?Well the answer is yes and yes.
Yes–you can write out whole entire prayers, but there are also many other things to track as well. We’ll get to those in a second, but first let’s talk about the purpose of a prayer journal.
What is the purpose of tracking your prayers in a prayer journal?
For me personally, it’s a way to stay organized and to hold myself accountable. When I see “Sally” at the library and she asks me to pray for her father who is having heart surgery–well I want to be sure I actually remember to do it!
I always admire people who can remember every name and prayer request that comes their way–but my memory stinks!
Once you spend some time praying for another person, they become hard to forget; you just have to remember to actually pray for them! That’s where a prayer journal comes in.
I also believe that writing is another form of worship–so when I’m putting pen to paper, I’m doing it for the glory of God. He is in my heart and mind the whole time I’m writing and nobody except Him and me are ever going to see what’s in that journal (most likely) so it truly is all about Him.
So what are some other things to track in your prayer journal? I’ll list a few of my favorites–
10 things you need to start tracking in your prayer journal TODAY!
People and ministries you pray for daily or almost daily–family, friends, church, missionaries…
Answered Prayers–keeping track when prayers that you’ve been praying are answered
Dreams and visions–sometimes passing thoughts and dreams hold a lot of truth, but they are so easy to forget.
Meaningful scripture verses that come to mind during prayer–or when a verse catches your eye when you’re reading the Bible. Maybe there is something there that God wants you to see.
Praises–capture all of those “Yay, God!” moments
Scripture verses for specific situations–for example:prayers for a friend in the military, or scripture to remind you of God’s faithfulness.
Confessions–sometimes you just gotta put it all out there. Was my heart pure? Was I wasteful of my time or money? Did I depend on myself or God?
Personal needs or the needs of others that only God can fulfill–in other words–miracles!
Thanksgiving/gratitude–in my journal, this one always ends up as a “thank you” note to God.
List of people who haven’t yet received the Lord as their Savior–not as a way to separate or shame them. To me,this is the most important page in my journal–our pastor says, “these are the people God misses most”
Think about Luke 15:4
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”
I can’t wait to hear how the prayer journaling is going for you–leave a comment below and let me know
If you are still looking for more information on prayer journaling, check out my friend, Mary from HealthyChristianHome.com–she has a post called, The Ultimate Guide to Prayer Journaling–don’t miss it!!