Have You Considered Making A Prayer Journal?

What Is A Prayer Journal?

A prayer journal is simply a notebook – collection of those things that we wish to include in prayer and arranged in a fashion to make them readily available for prayer.  Many individuals keep prayer journals of different sorts.  Some include written prayers.  George Washington kept such a prayer journal.

 Why Would I Want A Prayer Journal?

Do you ever feel frustrated about praying?  Do you feel you could pray more?  Do you find that sometimes you need help to know what to pray?  Does your mind ever drift or body drift off to sleep when you mean to pray in the evening?  Have you found that you forget to pray about somethings and people?  Do you believe prayer is powerful, often pressing and that you want to avail it more?  All of these concerns might be a reason for you to consider beginning a prayer journal.

A Simple Plan To Begin A Journal.

The journal proposed in this article is simple and adaptable.  It has three parts – an index, a daily prayer schedule/program, and topics sections.  In time one would perhaps like to add more sections than those suggested.  If used it will be populated with items that will help one stay spiritually steadfast and prayerful.  If it doesn’t suit one’s fancy, one might consult a bookstore, library or the internet for other forms and ideas.

This writer wills to begin his journalizing in an uncomplicated way, lest he falls behind and is discouraged.  A simple journal can still lend to his objective – help in prayer.  The exercise of daily use will surely be a source of delight and spiritual growth.

 How Is The Journal Organized And Used?

It begins with a small notebook (a spiral or even single sheets fastened together).  One might customize the cover for aesthetics.  It should be kept safe and private, lest some delicate matter become a subject of another’s gossip.

The first two pages become an index, so as to make the information readily accessible at prayer time. The remaining pages in the notebook will be numbered in order (3,4,5…).

Now one line is allowed in the index per topic (such as God’s Praise, Thanksgiving, friends, et.al.). The first seven lines are reserved for the days of the week.  The first seven index entries would be Sunday, p.3, Monday, p.4 and so on. New topics will begin with line 10 of the index and that first topic would be like this: Praise Our Father Deserves, p.10.  Remaining topic entries might include as follows:

Things for which I give thanks to God, p.11
Things that I ask God to supply, p.12
My needs, confessions, and forgiveness, p.13
My immediate family and their needs, p.14
My extended family and their needs, p15
My brethren, their families and their needs, p.16
Church meeting throughout the world, p.17
Local preacher, teachers, deacons, elders, p.18
Lost friends and family, p.19
Missionaries, other churches & brethren, p.20
Our nation, those in power (president, governor…), her needs, p.21
Servants (service people, teachers, fireman, policemen….), p.22
Other nations, people, and governmental leaders, p.23
Our world’s needs, troubles and sins (homeless, runaways….), p.24
Passages, examples, truths & thoughts on prayer, p.25, Back cover.

Under each of these sections, one writes appropriate notes.  For example, for page 16, “Brother John Smith’s uncle, Sam Smith – taking cancer treatments”.  When a numbered topic page becomes full and more space is needed (for example for those sick), simply place after the index entry the additional new page number where that topic continues. Inside the back cover of the journal/notebook one saves article clippings, and notes encountered on prayer.

Pages 3-9 (Sunday-Saturday) are divided into “Morning Prayers” and “Evening Prayers”.  Under those headings for each day, these three topics are listed each time: God’s Praise, p.10; Thanksgiving, p.11, and Supplication, p.12. Then the remaining topics from the index are parceled out under the various days and day parts.

One might choose to carry one’s journal to services so as to record prayer requests or take notes and update the journal as needed.  First the index is consulted for the page number where that particular information is being recorded.

Now one sets times when to say the morning and evening prayers using the journal.  The day pages (pp.3-9) provide the topics for each prayer and corresponding page numbers for the topic lists. The other times when one prays each day, one will likely find these thoughts coming to remembrance also.

Soon one will have a collection to ponder of passages, examples, lessons, articles, and brief thoughts on prayer.  If one thinks on these things (in prayer also), it will help one be who one should be. Ph.4:8 If one would be a student of prayer, one is sure to be a lover of prayer and perhaps one’s prayer would please God.

I am looking forward to beginning my prayer journal and the abundant blessings of prayer.  May God bless you.          HJS