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Keeping a Prayer Journal

Most people who enjoy successful devotional lives have a plan that assist them in their personal prayer and study time. Most of these plans involve a Bible, pen or pencil, paper, notebook, and an outline. If you want some ideas for starting a prayer journal, or would like to try something different, consider the following ideas.

ACTS

Write on four separate pages in a notebook these headings:

Adoration

Confession

Thanksgiving

Supplication

As you pray, list items on the pages under each heading. Note the dates of significant responses in your prayer requests or concerns. Under each heading, pray, sing songs, and quote verses of Scripture.

Model the Lord’s Prayer

Write a prayer that follows the model of the Lord’s Prayer:

Again Scripture, song, and prayer can be listed under each section.

Read the Bible on your knees

Lay the Bible before you on your chair or bed. Read the passage on your knees. Apply the verse to your life in prayer as you talk to God. Have a pen or pencil and paper nearby to write down thoughts that come to you as you pray. Some enjoy using the Psalms in this manner.

Categorise your prayers

Purchase a pocket-sized notebook to which pages can be added. Divide it into the following sections:

Under each section, list the items that come to your mind. Again, praying, singing songs and quoting Scripture are helpful.

Write your thoughts and feelings

Purchase a spiral notebook and write your thoughts and feelings to God. This helps you to focus on your feelings. Also, writing down your joys and disappointments assists in bringing healing as you empty yourself before God. An excellent book on prayer journaling is A New Way to Pray, by Dwight K. Nelson.

My Part, God’s Part

Several notebooks available at Christian bookstores are designed to assist Christians in daily prayer life. One such notebook, by Becky Tirabassi, is divided into two sections: “My Part” and “God’s Part”. Under “My Part” are the following divisions:

“God’s Part” is divided as follows:

The last section — “To Do” — is for making notes, lists and schedules to help organise life as God suggests during daily devotions.

As you can see, many ideas are available for structuring and getting the most out of our daily prayer time.

By Kurt Johnson