Several weeks ago, after receiving a reader question, I wrote about how to begin keeping a prayer journal. Like anything else, we can have great intentions, but knowing where to start and breaking down a goal to step by step directions propels our intentions into motion. Sometimes you need a little prompt to help your prayer life get going.
Today I wanted to share 20 prayer journal prompts to follow up on how to begin keeping a prayer journal. As a Christian, once I started writing out my prayers to God in a journal, I discovered all the benefits and I wanted to write more. But what do you write? Check out these prayer journaling ideas or Christian journal prompts.
20 Prayer Journal Prompts
1. Rewrite a favorite Scripture in prayer. Highlight the sentences or words of a passage that stand out in your mind and rewrite it back to God. You can see an example of this style in A Prayer to Remember God is Bigger.
2. Write a thank you note for something for which you feel especially blessed. Use words or phrases as if you are talking to your best friend. Gratitude is a wonderful prayer prompt!
3. Write a love letter to God; praise him for his patience and love.
4. Tell God how much you love him and praise him for who He is. Hold the prayer as a “praise only” prayer. You can always be thankful for salvation, amen? Many people find that an entire prayer journal can be devoted as a gratitude journal.
5. Write out a list of thanks for everyday things and pray the list to God. When I’m struggling with circumstances outside of my control, this type of prayer works wonders. Praise him for guidance!
6. Copy a meaningful prayer that someone else has written into your prayer journal. The exercise of writing it in your handwriting provides your brain a way to remember the meaning.
7. Write out a prayer of praise for all God has accomplished in your life. Just make a list of the times you’ve seen him work and thank him for it. Specifically think of the miracles he has worked on your behalf.
8. Write a prayer on behalf of a loved one or a loved one’s prayer requests. Thank God for them and describe your thoughts about this person to God.
9. Surrender all your thoughts to the Lord by writing out a prayer of giving yourself to him. You may want to list things you hold the most dear and hold them up to him with open hands in full trust.
10. Pray a prayer of blessing over someone you love.
11. Pray for your enemies. (Whew, easier said than done, right?)
12. Take a prayer walk outside and for everything you see, give thanks. Nature gives us much to praise God for. After taking your walk, grab your journal and plop down in a field or on a park bench. Write out words of praise to God for his creation.
13. Use a list of the names of God to write a prayer of thanks for who he is.
15. Write out a prayer for the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40) and ask God to show you your part in ministering to the homeless, disabled, or the elderly. Ask God to specifically show you the special needs you can meet right where you are.
16. Write out a prayer of confession. If you’re uncomfortable writing down specifics in your journal, write them on a piece of paper and then destroy it, knowing that Jesus has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
17. List out your priorities or decisions you must make in the next week. Give them to God and ask him to lead you every step of the way.
18. Rewrite your church prayer list needs and pray over them, asking God to meet those needs.
19. Use a journal entry to pray for your local leaders, community, church and business. Write out any specific needs of which you are aware and give them to God.
20. Copy the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Then rewrite the prayer using your own words.
Pray for your spouse, future spouse, family members. or mentor. Start with a Bible verse and pray biblical truth in relation to the request.
I think we’ve all said before “I’m not sure what to write.” No matter for what reason. My hope is that you’ll enjoy this list of prayer journal prompts and find yourself with plenty of ideas to write out your prayers to God. There is no “wrong way” to present your requests before God as long as your heart is in alignment with His. Use these prompts as strengthening tools for spiritual growth.
Which idea resonates the most with you? Or do you have a prayer journal prompt you’d like to share?
By his grace,
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