Do You Keep a Prayer Journal?
Written by Christi Given | August 19, 2013
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!