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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!

    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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      • 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.

    1. 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?

      • 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.

    2. 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.

      • 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. 🙂

    3. 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!

    4. 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!

    5. 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. 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

    7. 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

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