Prayer Journal. Who needs one? Jesus didn’t have one. What WOULD Jesus do? How do I get my prayer life in order with life swirling around?
Why It’s Absolutely Ok to Have a Simple Prayer Journal
A problem I have always had is swirling brain syndrome. I have great intentions, get stuff started, then get interrupted, forget where and what I was doing, then move on to something else.
Unfortunately, swirling brains don’t work very well with prayer. I know God is with me, but when I don’t have him “on the phone” or able to send an instant message/email marked urgent, it seems my swirling brain will start to pray, then lose the thought, find myself in Hawaii, or fall asleep. Fall asleep? Yes. I was taught like many others to pray before I went to sleep. I need a simple prayer journal so I could keep my thoughts in order.
Pinterest and a Prayer Journal
I found all sorts of GREAT prayer journals on Pinterest, but they seemed complicated and intense. They had tabs, they had design, they had art and stickers, they had each day of the week assigned a particular topic, the list goes on and on.
I was intrigued with the prayer journals I had found on Pinterest; however, nothing I found hit home. Many of the Pinterest ideas were how to be creative with your prayer journal. While I love artsy things, I don’t always have the time to create. One Sunday, while taking sermon notes, it hit me- Jesus was simple so he wouldn’t have a tabbed notebook with perfect handwriting, stickers, etc. Jesus would go straight to where the need for prayer was located the pray. It was a freeing thought because then I didn’t need to have a fancy prayer journal. Now, what WOULD I do?
The Birth of My Simple Prayer Journal
I tried using a notebook with lines and just listed people and at first it worked, but not really. People and requests got lost because requests were not organized. I found Gina Duke with Churchtown ministries. While I really liked her book, I really LOVED her idea of structured prayer journals. After church, I ran to Target and found a journal lined and in my favorite color.
I decided to fold in my pages long ways to create 4 columns. I then took the opposite page, did the same and created a 2 page, 8 column spread.
- Praise and Thanksgiving
- Family and self
- Open for whatever God says to me or a Bible verse of the week
How I Use My Simple Prayer Journal
Each morning, I start my day by going to each column and pray. Since my journal is portable, I take it wherever I go, add more prayers, open and touch a category and pray. Easy. Simple. More specific prayer and more prayer in my day. I am praying all the time, not just at night before I go to bed. My prayer is specific and when time is tight, I can squeeze in a few moments with the Lord without swirling about.
I am excited to share my prayer journey on the blog because the thought “What WOULD Jesus do if he made a prayer journal?” has helped me to create, be more intentional, and specific in prayer. Since Jesus was simple, a fancy prayer journal is not necessary. While spending time in prayer, I have found it beneficial to highlight answered prayer. It really helps me to see God at work in my life.
As I work through my simple journal, I hope you will join me in prayer with your own journal and prayers.
Did you like this post? You might also enjoy “A New, Unsurpassed Way to Scrapbook” as this post talks about a simple way you can scrapbook, but you could also document your daily blessings.
F.R.O.G (Fully Rely On God)