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Do You Keep a Prayer Journal?

Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions. 

A PI Girl recently wrote in the Girl Talk forums asking about prayer journals: “I started to write in a journal for a whole year, I wrote down what chapters in the Bible I read and then what verse(s) stood out. I also [said] what I’m thankful for…my struggles I’m going through, and other peoples’ prayer requests…my question is if anyone does something similar or what do you [do] to spend time with God?” I also mentioned keeping a journal in my first live chat!

Personally, I love keeping a prayer journal that records not only what God has done in my life, but also what I pray for. Do you PI Girls do this? In the Bible we are reminded how important it is to praise God for who He is, for what He has done and to remember His faithfulness.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2).

4 benefits to keeping a journal or prayer diary:

1. It helps record God’s faithfuless:

This reminds me of the memorial stones Joshua had to remember miracles and what God did. It is a helpful resource for reflection in your journey of faith.

“‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight’” (Joshua 4:3).

2. It helps us write the vision: God tells us to write out our visions, hopes, dreams and what we’re believing for. He says to write it on a tablet and make it plain. Also, any revelations we may receive from the Lord should be recorded and remembered (Habakkuk 2:2).

3. It helps you in your devotion and to be consistent:

Having a journal reminds me to keep that time set aside for God and to take time to write, reflect and pray. If you start a journal, it hopefully will become a habit.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

4. It helps you think of others:

A notebook or a journal is a great place to record a prayer list, and can help you remember to pray for people in your world.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

PI girls, do you have any other reasons why you like journaling? Do you find writing in a notebook or diary is  helpful in your faith walk? Is it a challenge to keep a journal consistently?  Comment below!

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  1. XxninjanatixX94

    Posted by XxninjanatixX94 on December 30, 2014 at 10:41

    I enjoying writing and I do keep a prayer journal and I love taking notes during a sermon. I can express myself more to God and focus on what I’m trying to speak to God about. I pray for others and I just love to write and never stop

  2. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on January 3, 2014 at 16:15

    Thats on my bucket list for this year. 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by AKcowgirl on October 24, 2013 at 11:45

    I keep a prayer journal and love it! If I am joyful or sad, it is easier for me to write out what I am feeling and it keeps me on track

  4. love dolphins

    Posted by love dolphins on October 21, 2013 at 18:51

    talk to GOD and he will see you through
    not Writing a journal my fave I think I will give it a try and you Who do want to do a journal just start its not like you going to haft to share what you Wrought

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by on September 15, 2013 at 19:30

    I am a stresser so writing about things that worry me and are stressing me out really help me to realize how silly some of the things are. Just recently I started college, so naturally I was a little scared. Writing out how I felt in my prayer journal really helped me to overcome some of that fear and now a few weeks later I am able to look back and see how faithful God was and how he got me through that time. I go through phases where I journal every night and sometimes it will be weeks until I write in it. I would encourage everyone to try it 🙂

  6. godsgal17

    Posted by godsgal17 on September 13, 2013 at 09:01

    I journal almost every night. Helps so much with my faith. Just write advice to yourself and read it when you are depressed.

  7. Maddiemow

    Posted by Maddiemow on September 7, 2013 at 21:12

    Starting out with taking notes in church is a nice way to start, also if you have any struggles or problems it feels great to just pour your heart out to God!

  8. wildwolf1300

    Posted by wildwolf1300 on August 29, 2013 at 18:04

    i do and a prayer wall! lol

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by MaddieLynn on August 27, 2013 at 14:56

    Yes! My best friends and I do one together! We write in our “special” notebook for a week or so and then trade so the other person can read your prayers and little side notes and then can pray for you and it also helps you grow closer together and closer to God! It really helps keep you consistent and make sure you spend some time with God every day!

  10. Bailee

    Posted by Bailee on August 24, 2013 at 15:19

    Nope, but I’m going to!!!!(:

  11. PumpkinGirl

    Posted by PumpkinGirl on August 22, 2013 at 16:40

    I just started one! It’s really helping me with reading my Bible more often!

  12. MarineJane

    Posted by MarineJane on August 22, 2013 at 12:59

    I didn’t know anything like a “prayer journal” existed. I take my Bible and a little pocket notebook to church to write notes in. I’m definitely getting one.

    Some people might write in a journal every night to record their day. I can barely remember I OWN a private journal!

  13. ChristianGirlForever

    Posted by ChristianGirlForever on August 21, 2013 at 15:13

    I have a question, if you write your prayers in a journal do you still need to sit down and pray them (like saying it out loud etc..)? Or when you write it, God just knows. I mean I know He “knows” but ya know haha I have just been confused on this part.

    • jbac2641

      Posted by jbac2641 on August 22, 2013 at 14:57

      I know what you mean. I’ve been confused on that part for a long time. What I do is as I’m writing in my prayer journal, I’ll say it out loud. It’s better that way, IMO. But you’re absolutely right, God knows what’s in our hearts. Just do whatever makes you feel comfortable. 🙂

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by NHope on August 20, 2013 at 12:25

    I journal every single day! It’s not always a prayer, sometimes it’s just thoughts on bible verses, but I normally end with an actual written prayer. It has been so helpful to keep me consistent in having a quiet time with God, and it helps me keep track of Bible verses I’ve read and thoughts I’ve had on them. I love to write, and it can be especially helpful when I have a problem, to write it down and try to solve it. In the same way it helps me when I read a verse that I don’t completely understand. I can write about it and then look back and figure out what it was the verse meant.

  15. vonsta

    Posted by vonsta on August 20, 2013 at 12:17

    I like keeping on art prayer journal. I draw things out, stuff I did that day, to kind of let it all out. then I pray and draw what God tells me.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by daughteroftheking3 on August 19, 2013 at 18:50

    I have one but it’s such a challenge to keep up with it. Not necessarily because I don’t want to do it, but because I always forget about it. Do yall have any advice to remind me of it?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NHope on August 20, 2013 at 12:27

      I keep my journal right next to my bed, along with my Bible, so that either in the morning or at night I remember to grab it and have a little quiet time with God. As long as it’s in plain sight, it should be pretty easy to remember. I think it’s okay if you don’t journal everyday, there are some days when I really don’t have that many thoughts in my head.

    • Marissarulz

      Posted by Marissarulz on August 20, 2013 at 09:23

      Me too. And when I DO remember to write, it takes me an hour to write a page because I keep getting distracted.

  17. MiSSFloYd

    Posted by MiSSFloYd on August 19, 2013 at 18:17

    i used to write my prayers in my journal. i need to start that again

  18. nicki9q

    Posted by nicki9q on August 19, 2013 at 16:58

    I have one. My brother’s girlfriend got me one for my birthday because she works at Family Christian Bookstore, but I don’t write in it much because I don’t have much going on in my life.

  19. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on August 19, 2013 at 10:46

    I`m writing in my journal a couple times a week. Sometimes it can be really hard to spend time with God, because of all my homework, but I do my best!! Because God is most important!!

  20. boergoatgirl

    Posted by boergoatgirl on August 19, 2013 at 09:24

    I do! I try to write in it at least every night, and sometimes I write in it all throughout the day.

  21. RositaBonitaChicita

    Posted by RositaBonitaChicita on August 19, 2013 at 09:08

    I have tried to keep a journal so many times. I never follow through with it. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep it going?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NHope on August 20, 2013 at 12:30

      I’ve found that the easiest way for me to journal is to read my Bible, sometimes just a few verses, sometimes a whole chapter, and then write down my thoughts on it as I’m reading it. I keep my journal next to my bed, and if it’s in plain sight it might be easier to remember. It’s also okay if you don’t write in it every single day.