Prayer is the communication between you and God. It is both your petitions and praises, and God’s responses. But it is also how God’s word speaks to your heart.
Reasons to Keep a Prayer Journal
There are many reasons for keeping a record of our communication with the Lord.
- We can go back and remind ourselves what God has done for us in the past. This is especially helpful during times when we feel despair, or are going through a particularly difficult time.
- Writing things down involves a different thinking process. We often get insights when we write that we wouldn’t have gotten just thinking about the same topics.
- It can serve as a witnessing tool. When others say they don’t believe God exists and that you can’t prove He does; you can explain that God has worked in your life in powerful ways. Because you have written many of these experiences in your journal and reviewed them to encourage yourself, it will be easy to recall some wonderful examples.
- If you are a writer or speaker, your prayer journal can serve as a source of inspiration and ideas.
- Your journal may be a source of inspiration to your children and grandchildren after you die.
Creating a Prayer Journal
There are many ways to create a prayer journal. You can be crafty and create a beautiful book; or create a password protected website; or keep it on a jump drive. A three ring binder, or spiral bound notebook can serve just as well. I prefer a non-electronic version because I can access it while camping. You can also purchase a prayer journal.
Important Details for Your Journal
A prayer journal is very personal, and yours should be unique. The most important detail is that you leave space after each entry for thoughts/reflections, insights and answers. I like a three ring notebook because I can add pages.
Organize it in a way that works for you. Some people keep a running journal by date, but others create category sections with tabs or sticky note labels to help find categories quickly.
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