A Prayer Journal, what is that you ask?
Let me explain…
Recently, I was visiting with moms from our homeschool co-op and we were discussing prayer and one of the moms told us that she had “switched up” the way she prayed. She told us that she writes down her prayers every day. In a journal of sorts. What she has noticed over time, is that she had the ability to be more specific about her needs and that by being more specific she was able to see specific answers.
The idea completely intrigued me so I set out to try it myself. Here’s what I did:
I start my morning by opening my prayer and then I pull out my phone and use the notes app OR grab some paper and begin writing.
I always start with I am thankful for…
I then go through my previous day and think about everything that happened and I start writing down all the things I have to be grateful for. It is absolutely enlightening to see how many things happen in a day that I never really took notice of before. God is good.
After I write my thankful for, I then start with Help me with…
I ask God for help with the things I am struggling with or needs I have or my family has. By being so specific with my needs, I find I am more in tune to feel the answers. It has truly been fascinating. I also ask for someone I can be of service for that day. Sometimes a friend or family member will come to mind or maybe a particular child or even my husband. As you are writing your thoughts, you will find answers come to you.
Lastly, I end with Forgive me for…
I ask God’s forgiveness for the mistakes I have made or the places I fell short. As I write theses words I am given thoughts and feelings of ways to help me not repeat past mistakes or just comfort in knowing God loves me.
I love this quote by Elder Juan A. Uceda, “At the very moment we say, “Father in Heaven,” He hears our prayers and is sensitive to us and our needs. And so His eyes and His ears are now connected to you. He reads our minds, and He feels our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him. Now, the wonderful thing is that He will see you with eyes of love and mercy -love and mercy that we cannot fully understand. But love and mercy are with Him at the very moment you say “Father in Heaven”. So a moment of prayer is a very, very sacred moment. He is not one to say “No, I will not listen to you now because you only come to me when you are in trouble.” Only men do that. he is not one to say, “Oh, you cannot imagine how busy I am now.” Only men say that. “
I cannot express the joy that has come to my heart from changing the way I pray. It is a journal of my life in a very real sense and something my kids can read back on and know who I am and what I struggled with and know of my testimony of God and Jesus Christ. The days that I forget to write in my prayer journal seem to be harder and I feel incomplete somehow. I noticed that was SO incredibly happy on the days that I journaled. I encourage all to try it! It is incredible.
Here are some other ideas for prayer journaling for you to enjoy and pick one that best suits you.
Prayer Journal Free Printables
From Sparkles of Sunshine
Spring Clean your Prayer Life
By Lynnae McCoy