Prayer Journal

What's a Prayer Journal?

? Keeping a journal is a meaningful prayer practice.  In essence, you put your thoughts on paper as you pray to help you be more reflective about what you feel and think.


Create a personal Prayer Journal

? Journaling can open your mind and heart so you're better able to hear what God really wants of you.


? Journal writing has been an honored practice throughout Judeo-Christian history.  Writing about life challenges and re-visiting that writing later helps us to gain clarity in our relationships with God, ourselves, and others. Over a period of time, patterns of acting, relating, and thinking all emerge as tools for self-understanding.  We begin to see evidence of God’s work in our lives, reminding us of our inner beauty and gently confronting our limitations.

Improve Your Faith by Journaling Daily

? Keeping a prayer journal is an effective way to focus your prayers and keep track of your prayer requests and answers.


? The process is tailored to each individual.  For example, some read Scriptures then write in their journal what that passage means to them.  Others use a journal to help them keep track of prayers and answers to prayers.


? A prayer journal helps you pray more often and to realize how God hears and answers your prayers.

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The Tools

? Choose something that feels comfortable to write in.  Experiment with side-bound and top-bound books, as well as lined and unlined paper. Some people do not feel comfortable writing on a thick pad of paper, so a slimmer notebook would be a better choice if this describes your preference.  You can use anything from a spiral-bound notebook to a fancy logbook with a tooled-leather binding.


? Choose a writing implement that is comfortable to write with.  Regardless of whether you prefer pencil or pen, blue, black, or colored ink, ballpoint or fountain pen, find something that is easy to hold and use.


? Keep a Bible on hand, if you like, so that you can add verses to your entries.

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Writing in Your Journal

?  Try to schedule time to pray and write in your journal.  Many write in their journals in the early morning when it is quiet and their mind is clear.  Whatever time you choose, it’s best if you’re alone and it’s quiet.


? Pick a comfortable spot to write in your journal.


? Date your entry. It may be helpful to divide the entry into two sections: "Petitions" or "Requests" and "Praises."  Take a few moments to reflect.  Under the "Petitions" heading, record your prayer requests.  This would include personal requests and requests on behalf of others.


? Under the "Praises" heading, record items you are thankful for and prayers that have been answered.  You can pray for each item as you list it and each section as you finish it, or you can wait until you are finished recording the entire entry and use it as an outline as you pray.


? Leave some space at the bottom or on the reverse side of every entry page.  This is where you will record answers to prayers, observations, and scripture quotes that seem relevant to situations you are praying for, notes from daily devotions.  Review the journal pages every few days or weeks and record any answers or observations.


? Make your prayer journal part of your routine.  Commit to writing in it on a set schedule.  Stick with it and you will be rewarded with a tangible record of your prayer life as it unfolds.

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Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 

Colossians 4:2



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