Improving Your Prayer Life With Journaling
Written by Christi Given | March 29, 2018
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This week, a PI Girl wanted to find out how to journal or to increase her prayer life. I know it’s not easy with homework, studying, managing relationships and balancing work, but we must prioritize our alone time with God. I will give you some suggestions on how to keep the discipline of prayer and journaling.
What is really powerful about writing down your prayer requests is that you can go back and see how God came through for you and answered your petitions. Sometimes you see how God has changed your heart or turned around specific situations. There is so much power and effectiveness in praying, especially when we operate in faith. Believe God will move on your behalf and He will!
Make sure to seek God first in your life and the Bible says that ALL shall be added unto you. I pray that you carve out time for Jesus like you do for your family and best friends. Do not ever think that it’s time wasted when you pray or intercede for someone. We must realize that Jesus is our High Priest and the veil was torn into the holy of Holies so that we could have access to the Father. The Son (Yeshua) is the way to the eternal Father.
We just come to God in reverence and in humility. We cannot barge into God’s presence or rush out of it, so I suggest you set a special time aside for devotions and journaling (Ecclesiastes 8:3). For prayer you can really pray anywhere, but in some cases, people who are really devoted to the Lord have what some call a prayer room or a “war room,” similar to what you see in the film War Room. I recommend you see the film if you want some inspiration on prayer. A prayer room or war room is a like a prayer closet where you can worship, pray and really focus on the Lord in a secret place (Psalm 91).
Remember, at first when you pray, you may not feel like anything is happening, but trust me, prayer shifts circumstances! I have been an eyewitness to God’s glory and know that God the Father hears our cries and groanings.
PI Girls, I want you to think of some things about prayer. Do you pray every day? Do you only pray over your food and before bed, or do you pray throughout the day? How often do you write down your prayer requests? Do you ever go back and reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness?
I personally reread my prayer journals and sometimes I circle the praise report in a different-color pen and date it, so I can compare when I made the prayer request and when God answered it. It’s so powerful to review and to remember the Lord’s goodness. Joshua in the Bible did something similar, but instead it was a monument called “memorial stones” (Joshua 4).
I want you girls to realize as well that prayer is not a one-way conversation. Prayer is a two-way conversation. First, we praise God and enter His courts with worship (Psalm 100:1), then we submit our petitions to him. Remember a prayer request is a REQUEST, not a demand. Many people think just because they prayed for an hour or they prayed a lot that God has to answer. We must honor God’s perfect will and remember Jesus taught us how to pray in the Bible in Matthew chapter 6 (Verse 10, “Thy will be done…”).
Make sure during your prayer time that you are also listening, as God may give you specific instructions for the next season or chapter of your life. Make sure to heed the Holy Spirit and also the still, small voice of God. The Lord doesn’t shout to His people; He speaks softly but firmly. Go to God in reverence and humility, and make sure to always have a heart of thankfulness and gratitude no matter the outcome.
Remember that prayer is healthy communication between you and God. Prayer is just like talking to a close friend or family member. Do not assume that you are only to pray on Sundays in church, when you need something, when there’s an emergency or on holidays. No, we need to speak to God daily, if not hourly, or even minute to minute and moment by moment.
I pray that you will draw close to Christ and see the heart of the Father—He wants to lavish good on you. The Lord desires to give you peace and joy and to grant you those desires you have, but only when you don’t worship the gift over the gift giver. Make sure to not idolize the promise over the promise keeper, or the creature over the creator. Amen, PI Girls?
Comment below and let me know if you have any questions or prayer requests!