“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long”
Am excited, I have just started my prayer journal. Keeping a prayer journal is same like a diary, a place who can talk to God and praise Him for all his goodness in your life. There’s so much that happens in a lifetime and sometimes we forget about the goodness and faithfulness of God. The prayer journal serves not only as a reminder,but also as a way of strengthening your faith when you face more trials in this lifetime.
I picked a simple notebook from WHS Smith, and I write in:
- My daily prayer requests. They can be list form or I write out entire prayers. Search for a scripture(s) that correspond with your prayer request and write it out at the top of the page, for example.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
The Holy Spirit will direct you to the scriptures that speak closest to your request. This isn’t forcing a scripture to bring out the outcome you desire. Rather it’s humbly submitting your will to God’s will. Many times the Holy Spirit will quicken your heart to pray in a different direction. You will rejoice in the answered prayer that flows with the word of God.
- Confessions. If needed. And always remember that, we are forgiven and we receive the grace of God. God knows us too well. It’s just a way to speak to God freely.
- Praises. Praise, worship and thanksgiving.
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
It’s our nature to write out a laundry list of requests to God without giving the first thought to what we can thank Him for in our situation. There is always grace in every crisis because the Lord tempers our trials with the power to sustain us. Think carefully and deeply over your prayer request before you write it out. Find those bursts of grace moments that you can give thanks to God.
“I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!” (Deuteronomy 32:3)
Because you know that God will answer your prayer request…praise Him in advance! Proclaim God for who He is—awesome, wonderful, faithful, generous, mighty, and holy. Use the book of Psalms as a starting guideline for praising God. Find the names of God that correlate with your prayer requests. For example, if you are praying about a sickness—praise God for being the true Healer.
- Verses. I use the SOAK method. The S – stands for Scripture. The O – stands for Observations. The A – stands for Applications. The K – stands for Kneeling in Prayer.
- Prayer requests for others. For our mates, family, church and even the world.
- Book Notes.
- Answered Prayers. Remember to go back and write in your journal how God answered in His perfect timing
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9).
The most important step,but the one many of us forget is to go back and write how God answered our prayers. By doing so, we give our families something to look back on and continue the legacy of faith. David’s faith was strengthened against Goliath when he shared about killing the lion and bear. So it is with us—our faith is renewed when we read back over our journals and reflect on God’s deliverance.
I have FREE printable resources for your use:
Daily Dwelling created some lovely prayer lists and encourages you to divide your binder into sections with headings.
Mother’s Niche has a wonderful printable sheet to use as a prayer guide for journaling.
WomensMinistry.net offers an entire booklet guide to prayer journaling. I truly enjoyed all the information they packed into one small booklet and found it helpful as a guide to begin thinking more intentionally on prayer.
Ch@t prayer journal pages provide a wonderful, easy guide to use daily. Choose from bookmarks to use with your own journal or print and use the journal pages!