Do you keep a prayer journal?
Perhaps the term journal is too intimidating. We can call it a notebook, or even a list if you like.
However it is referred to, keeping a record of prayers can benefit you now and in the future.
But what is a prayer journal and how do we use it?
Each person is different in their style of recording. Some who journal every day mix prayers into our daily written visits with God. Some keep a spiritual journal that is separate from a prayer journal. Others keep a notebook that is a list of needs, wants, names and dates.
Since this is your prayer notebook YOU decide what it looks like. Make it as simple or complex as you like only be sure it has two key components.
A prayer request with a date and a space to record the date the prayer was answered.
You can write more if you want but these two pieces are important.
Those who have kept prayer journals can share with you many benefits. Here are four to consider:
A prayer journal:
Just as scrapbooks of photos and clippings of our lives preserve memories and remind us of our history, a prayer notebook preserves a history of our spiritual lives and a pattern of growth through the years. When we go back to our older journals we see where we used to be and how far God has brought us. We may see a change in focus as praying for ourselves and our wants matures into prayers for others and God’s guidance.
As we record our hopes, dreams, plans and concerns for ourselves and others in our journal we are reminded that we are not alone in our walk with the Lord. Recording the needs of others as we pray for them reminds us both that we walk with other believers who share similar struggles and that our lives intertwine with unbelievers who need our prayers as well.
Keeping this record also reminds us to follow-up on requests and record how God has answered. We are reminded to never give up praying for others just as Jesus demonstrated when He was here on earth.
A prayer journal assures us that there is nothing too big or too small for God to care about. Reflecting on our prayers and answers over time reinforces God’s faithfulness to us. He hears the prayers of those who are faithful to Him and loves to pour blessings out on His people. At times when we doubt we can look back and assure us of His goodness.
Recording our prayers and their answers yields growth and takes us deeper in our relationship with the Lord. As we watch God answer prayer after prayer we doubt less, believe more and walk closer to Him.
So I ask you again: Do you keep a prayer journal/notebook?
If so, would you share ways it has impacted your spiritual life?
If not, would you consider giving it a try for a few weeks?
Don’t be intimidated, just start writing down what’s in your heart and the needs around you.
Blessings & Peace to you as you seek the Lord in prayer.