Not long ago I was rummaging through the basement, attempting to organize our storage area. One of the things I ran across was a box that held some old prayer journals from the 90’s. I opened up one of the journals and began to read through old prayer requests and praises. I didn’t accomplish too much more organizing after that, because I was intrigued by the journals. That day in the basement crawl space reading prayer journals inspired me to write this post about the benefits of keeping a prayer journal.
1. No matter the form, prayer always draws us closer to God.
Prayer alone will always bring us closer to God. So whether we speak or write our prayers, an important benefit of prayer is that we grow our spiritual relationship with our heavenly Father.
2. Tracking prayer requests by writing them down serves as a reminder to actually pray.
Has Susie ever had asked you to pray for her medical testing scheduled for Thursday? If you’re like me, it would be a miracle for you to remember to pray on Thursday without some kind of reminder. The best way to remember to pray for someone and follow through by praying is to write it down.
3. Writing down prayer needs serves as a reinforcement to remember the individual needs.
Why do we copy our spelling words 10 times each? Because writing them down reinforces remembering the proper spelling of the word. When we take an extra minute to record a request, it enables us to not only remember the request at the appropriate time, but also to remember it in general. Then we can pray more often than a designated time.
4. Keeping a prayer journal encourages us to have a place to record praises!
When I was looking through my old prayer journals that day in the crawl space, I noticed that the entries I enjoyed reading the most were the ones with answers to prayer scribbled in beside the original prayer request entry or entries that stood alone as praises. Reading over the journals made me realize that I want to be just as intentional about praising God in prayer as I am about tracking prayer requests.
5. Writing out prayers encourages our minds to purposely choose our words and allows our hearts to engage in meaningful conversations.
When I slow down long enough to write and force my mind to focus, I find that my words begin to take on a pattern and rhythm. The praise flows more fluently. When I am still enough to listen to the voice of God, then I can more easily explain my heart to him.
Have you ever tried to write out your prayers to God? Which point of the above interests you the most to begin keeping a prayer journal?
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