Hey there! For some time I’ve been thinking about ways to track prayer requests so that I feel empowered and organized. Not only for organizing prayer requests, but for becoming intentional in prayer with God. For three months, I’ve been using several different ways to keep a prayer journal. While I’ve settled on a method that seems to work well for me, today I’m passing on ways to keep a prayer journal that will help you be more purposeful in your prayer life. I hope that one of these methods will assist you in keeping a daily prayer time!
1. Write your thoughts to God in a blank journal.
All types of blank journals can be find in retail stores. I found this one for only $6.49 that can be personally monogrammed and wanted you to see it as an example. When you use a blank journal, it is helpful to have a guide for your questions. At the ch@t conference, I provided this prayer pattern that makes it easy to focus your thoughts in prayer.
2. Print your own prayer journal.
Here are a few of the FREE printables I found for prayer journaling if you want to print and organize your own binder.
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.
3. Use your phone reminders.
If you want to pray for someone at a certain time each day, then using phone reminders is a great way to do that. Also, if you want to remember to pray for someone who has surgery on Thursday at 1 pm, phone reminders are a brilliant way to remember that request.
4. Pocket Prayer Pro app
This app not only holds prayers by category to guide your thoughts, but also an enhanced prayer request section that allows tracking for answer and unanswered requests. Pocket Prayer is available on Itunes. There are many other prayer apps available, but honestly I tried several and found the free lite version of Pocket Prayer to perform well.
5. Use a spreadsheet on your computer.
This is a great option for office executives if used as part of a morning quiet time routine.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on keeping a prayer journal!
Would you mind sharing what methods you’ve found to work well in maintaining a prayer journal?
ADDENDUM: This post sparked quite the virtual conversations and in order to continue to promote personal quiet time, the ch@t printable bookmark mentioned above was made available as a free download. See post here or goodies here.