Can I admit that I have a hard time staying consistent in my prayer life? My prayers are randomly tossed heavenward during various times of day. I suddenly remember a prayer request and utter a hasty plea and then forget to pray for that request for the rest of the week. Through the mundane and the chaos, I have lost the wonder of what it means to commune with the Creator of the universe and author of my life. I’ve been working to remedy this. Enter my new prayer journal.
I got a cute little journal with lined pages. Then I got colorful tabs. These little guys are sturdy! (They are the Post-It brand). I made a couple of little categories and have started writing away.
I didn’t want to write endless prayer request lists that would quickly overwhelm me. I’ve tried that route before. I learned that I get so stressed over the length of my list that I then feel guilty that I don’t pray over each request every day.
I also didn’t want to choose one day per week to pray over certain things because then if I miss a day the crazy guilt hits me.
I wanted to keep my plan simple so that I would actually stick with it. So far it’s working.
I divided my journal into 5 categories. The first 3 categories have about 6 pages each. The 4th section takes up the bulk of my journal. For the last section I reserved the last 20 pages of my journal.
Here is an inside look into my 5 categories:
Renew – Praise, Adore, Thank
This is where I write down any attribute of God that has been ministering to me. I write down praises and moments of being thankful. I also include references for verses that have stood out during my Bible reading time. This is my page to feel renewed by marveling and wondering at the God who is my Savior and Friend.
Reflect – Listen, Confess, Change
Here I write anything that I feel God has spoken to me during my prayer time. This is my place to write areas that I need to confess or something that God has directed me to change or act upon. The Still Small Voice speaks and I try to write down what I hear in my heart.
Request – Ask, Inquire, Intercede
Here I write down anything that has been impressed upon my heart to lift up to the Lord. This is where I write down requests both for myself and for others.
Write – Converse, Share, Relate
This is the big portion of my journal. Here I write out my prayers and my thoughts. Sometimes I pray through Scripture and write down my response as I pray over certain verses. Other times I simply start talking. I find that my mind doesn’t wander as I’m writing – this keeps my prayer time intimate and personal.
Read – Inspire, Encourage, Challenge
Here is where I’ve saved pages to record any quote or verse that ministered to me. Any verse that I want to remember to read often or to pray over is written here. I enjoy skimming back over the verses and quotes that spoke to me during my Bible study and prayer times.
I chose Romans 12:11-12 as my key verse for this journal:
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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