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Ways to Keep A Prayer Journal
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by: I’m always glad to share prayer info and today’s post on ways to keep a prayer journal is no different. There is no right or wrong way to keep a prayer journal; it’s all about documenting your ideas and thoughts to God personally or on behalf of others. There are various seasons of prayer and times when some methods worked for me, and others didn’t. Enjoy these prayer ideas and grab on to the one that works for you in this season of life. Prayer journaling is all about recording your prayers, prayer requests, and prayer answers. You can record any or all three, whatever works for you. I hope you find an idea that sparks a new passion in your prayer life!
Before you begin
Before you begin prayer journaling, gather your supplies. I like to keep a basket or small box with all my supplies in one place, including any Bible studies I’m working on or pens I like to use. Sometimes I designate a “prayer chair,” and other times, I have just kept the supplies together and sat wherever space was available, whether the dining room table, kitchen counter, bean bag chair, or couch. Using the same designated place each day can strengthen your prayer time because it helps you build a daily habit.
1. Write your thoughts to God in a blank journal or notebook.
All types of blank journals can be found in retail stores. The Dollar Store or drug store is a great place to find an inexpensive blank journal. When you use a blank journal, it is helpful to have a guide for your questions. At the [email protected] conference, I provided this prayer pattern that makes it easy to focus your thoughts in prayer.
Many people ask the questions: “What do you write in a prayer journal?” Many Christian find their daily scripture reading or Bible promises can be a great launching point for their prayer journal experience. You can also easily write down your blessings, maybe on a separate page. The act of writing can be a beautiful way to worship!
2. Print your own prayer journal.
Here are a few of the FREE downloads I found for prayer journaling if you want to print and organize your own binder or notebook. These four types of prayer journals are each a little different, and some provide prompts.
Daily Dwelling created some lovely prayer lists and encourages you to divide your binder into prayer journal sections with headings, using tabs to keep them separated.
Mother’s Niche has a wonderful printable sheet to use as a prayer guide for journaling. It’s a great way to track daily prayers.
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 in prayer.
[email protected] prayer journal pages provide an excellent easy guide to use daily. Choose from bookmarks to use with your own journal or print and use the journal pages!
3. Use your phone reminders.
If you want to pray for someone at a particular 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. This is a great way to integrate prayer into everyday life and provide guidance to accompany your prayer intentions.
4. Echo Prayer App
This app is the best digital prayer journaling app I could find. For me, prayer journaling means tracking prayer requests and answers, as well as writing prayers. The Echo Prayer App provides a way to record prayer requests and also offers a way to share your prayers with others. Available here.
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. You could also track praise or answered prayers and easily create various categories for your prayer requests or praises. You could add a column for a focus verse from God’s word.
No matter the method you choose, give yourself grace and I know you’ll find prayer journaling to add focus in a powerful way! 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 [email protected] printable bookmark mentioned above was made available as a free download.
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Savannah on Dec 07, 2021
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