As a Christian and a woman in ministry, you pray and study your Bible. Have you ever considered how to start a prayer journal? Or, have you have started one but didn’t continue for long? Let’s look at how to start a prayer journal and keep it going.
Starting a prayer journal can sound complicated. After all, your time for prayer and study is limited and a prayer journal may seem too time-consuming. Hopefully, through this blog, you can see that it doesn’t have to take a lot of your time and, the time it does take is valuable to you. The practice of prayer journaling can cause your prayer life to explode with faith and encouragement.
What is A Prayer Journal?
A prayer journal is a special place or notebook where you write out, type, or place prayers. They can be your prayers, prayers you find in books or other places, and prayers from the Bible. The prayer journal can be written, typed and printed, or kept as an online journal. How you do it is completely up to you.
However, there are times when it’s nice to have some guidelines to help get you started and after you are more comfortable, you can branch out and make your prayer journal fit you and your life. It isn’t hard to start a prayer journal.
Why Start a Prayer Journal?
Writing Helps Us Remember
First, writing something out helps us remember. It also helps us to think about what we are writing. A great example is Bible journaling. I can read a section of Scripture, say a prayer, then go into my day and, by the end of the day, have no idea what I read. While it is always beneficial to read the Word, we also need to make it a part of us through focus and application.
It needs to be in our heart, part of our daily life and set in our minds. Bible journaling – writing scripture out – is an excellent tool to cause us to focus, remember, and meditate. The same is true of prayer. Writing a prayer out memorializes your life at that moment and helps you to chart your walk with God.
Prayer Journals Are Spiritual and Life Journals
Second, writing out your prayers creates a spiritual journal. You can look back and see changes in yourself, your faith, circumstances, and spiritual maturity. You can also see answered prayer. My late husband kept prayer journals. They were just wire-bound notebooks where he wrote out his prayer each day. They are now a treasure for me as I look back and see his faith and love for Christ and others.
I have my own prayer journals I go back to. It is so interesting to see the changes in myself – good and bad – along with the immense faithfulness of God in my life. I can see years and years of God’s movement within me and those around me.
Prayer journals bring encouragement, revelation, and instruction.
The action of writing causes our mind to focus in on the subject. I’ve written out prayers and watched them change as I was writing. The content at the beginning was not the same as what was at the end. Why? Because at first, I was just pouring out words and feelings. As I progressed, working through emotions and calming my heart and mind, I began to have more of a conversation with God.
By having a conversation, I could begin to hear God, receive His encouragement, know the revelation of the Holy Spirit, and obtain instruction to be more like Jesus.
Rock Solid Faith also has a wonderful blog about starting a Prayer Notebook and why you should!
How to Start A Prayer Journal
If you have paper and a pen or pencil, you can start right now. Or, if you want to, just go to Word, Google Docs or any other writing app on your computer, phone, or tablet, and start writing, Create a folder called “Prayer Journal.” One free online resource is Online Prayer Journal.
You can also purchase a journal, a notebook, or use an app that is specifically designed to be a journal. I have included some links below to some DIY prayer journals just to give you some examples.
The point is, use whatever tool that helps you focus, pour out your heart, and enjoy the process. If you dislike the way your journal looks, you probably won’t keep doing it. Also, if you pick out a journal, start using it, and then realize that the format doesn’t fit you at all, you will probably stop. Instead of stopping, find a new journal. They are inexpensive and you need to enjoy the process.
Start with whatever you have and then do a little experimenting. I will also provide some links to resources to create your own journal.
Types of Journals
I have a bullet journal. When I first heard about bullet journals, I went online and saw examples of these gorgeous journals where people who can paint and draw creating their daily masterpieces! I can’t paint or draw so, I almost didn’t do it. I knew mine would never look like those.
I then found a site with a simple format and some easy suggestions. I bought a journal and found that the paper was not heavy enough. When I wrote on one page, the ink bled through to the next. I finally found one I liked and got started. Lots of people recommend a Moleskin Journal. I personally did not care for it because the paper was not heavy enough. I love colored gel pens, so I had to find a journal that didn’t bleed through. The one I use is below.
I bought some Washi tape, some colored gel pens, and created a journal with a format that works for me. I can make it pretty without having to be an artist. I’m not painting watercolor pictures in it but I like it because it fits me.
Why am I telling you about my bullet journal? Because, when you go online looking at other people’s prayer journals, you are going to run into the fabulous, intricate, beautiful journals that might make you give up before you start.
Rest assured that your journal can look the way you want it to by using stickers, colored pens, washi tape, and lots of other little things. You don’t have to be an artist. In fact, all you really need to do is write! It’s truly simple.
Here are the Bullet Journal, Pens and Washi Tape I love!
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There are hundreds of journals online. But, you can go to Walmart, Walgreens, the Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby and find a journal.
You can also find journals made for specific topics. For instance, a Gratitude Journal. It contains daily scripture prompts to help you pray and focus on gratitude. Just search for Prayer Journals and you will find a great variety.
If you want to create your own, there are many examples available. Again, the process can be as simple as you want to make it or you can have some fun and exercise your creativity without breaking the bank.
3 Ring Binders
Three-ring binders are easy to find and give you room to expand, change, and customize. Use lined paper, dividers, plain paper, and have some fun. You can paste beautiful photos or things you find online to a page, divider, or the outside cover. A page in a magazine works well.
This is an inexpensive way to start a fully customizable prayer journal.
Here is a link to Intentional By Grace to make a Prayer Notebook.
Formats for Prayer Journals
The formats for most prayer journals are quite simple. You can do things like this:
- Write the names of God and their definitions at the front of the journal.
- Write your favorite scriptures out at the front.
- Make sections for specific prayers – Healing, Faith, Gratitude, Discouragement, Fruit of the Spirit, Family, Church, Personal Needs, and then create an index at the front of the journal.
- Put the date at the top of each prayer.
- Write your own Scripture for the day at the top of each prayer page.
- Keep a space after each prayer to go back and write out answers to that prayer.
Tips for Writing
Be flexible. Sometimes you might just write headlines – My son got an A on his math test – hallelujah! At other times, write out your entire prayer, word-for-word.
Record what God says. As you talk to Him, He will respond, He will give you answers or reassurance.
Be honest. This is your private prayer journal. It’s between you and God. No one else needs to see it unless you want them to. It’s important that we are honest with God. If you are concerned about someone snooping, then don’t write everything. Instead, use some words that will remind you of what you were truly praying about at that moment. However you can do it, be honest with God.
Have fun! I don’t know about you, but I can tend to get way too serious about spiritual matters because I’m often too hard on myself. The point of a prayer journal is to enhance your prayer life and relationship with God. Have some fun doing it. Relax and enjoy the process.
Be yourself. You don’t have to write like anyone else. God will speak to you in a way you will understand. Speak to Him like yourself because He loves who you are and who you are becoming,
9 Ways A Prayer Journal Can Explode Your Prayer Life
I think I’ve covered how it can help you, but I want you to understand that a prayer journal is not a place to berate, criticize, and condemn yourself. It’s not just a record of wrong. It is a record of your sincere desire to grow in the likeness of Christ. Yes, you will write out the failures you have along the way, but be sure not to focus on them alone. Celebrate your victories!
- Bringing focus to your prayer life.
- Moving you away from the negative.
- Celebrating your victories.
- Remembering and applying the Word.
- Seeing your own spiritual growth.
- Combining the power of the Word with prayer.
- Entering into regular conversation with God.
- Increasing encouragement, revelation, instruction as you build godly patterns into your life.
- Combining written prayer with writing the Word, to tap into the power of God as His word becomes a part of you.
Those nine things cannot help but cause your faith and confidence in God’s power within you to explode! None of it is based on circumstances. All of it revolves around an ever-deepening relationship with and knowledge of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the blessed Holy Spirit.
Open your heart to God’s love. Realize that He is crazy about you and sees you through the Blood of Jesus. God is a fun God. He isn’t just constantly looking to find what’s wrong with you. His focus is always on what’s right with you. Yours should be too!
By writing your prayers, journaling your life, and the Word, keeping a record of God’s voice in your life, you will find your prayer life exploding like a flower blooming when the sun shines. This is what God wants – conversation with you so He can share His love and delight in you.
If you have sinned, just say so, ask for forgiveness, and move forward toward Jesus. Let your prayer journal be a map of your journey toward the upward call of God in Christ. It’s an amazing and wonderful journey.
The Joy of Journaling
Journaling is a relaxing and beneficial practice. As a woman ministering – serving the world by sharing God’s love – you can build your spiritual strength, fight the good fight of faith, and prosper in your body, soul, and spirit. Journaling is one of the tools to get you there.
I am including some Bible Journaling Bibles for you as well. They are beautiful and Bible Journaling will also build your faith, confidence, and power to overcome. In order to flourish in every area of your life – be inspired through Prayer and Bible Journaling,
Scripture on Prayer Journaling
While there is no specific scripture about writing out your prayers, the Bible does address the need to pray and to write. There is certainly no prohibition against it. And, because we know the benefits of writing things down, we can be assured that God wants us to use the tools and knowledge which cause us to grow in Him!
- “Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.” Habakkuk 2:2 HCSB
- “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “Write down on a scroll all the words that I have spoken to you,” Jeremiah 30:2 HCSB
- “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:” Psalm 102:18 ESV
- “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.” Malachi 3:16 NIV
- “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NIV
Wonderful women of God – if you have questions about prayer journaling, I truly want you to let me know. You can email me at any time – firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.
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