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My whole life I have been a lover of writing. (This blog should explain that.) I have also been a lover of praying to God through a prayer journal. Whether it is in the toughest moments, or in the best moments of our lives, the word tells us:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6
We all have different challenges that we might face everyday and overcoming them is not always easy. But the Lord is there to strengthen us and help us overcome them. He makes big, humongous mountains seem like little tiny hills for us. He fights our battles for us. He gives us strength. And most importantly, he hears our hearts, and our voice and he knows what is best for us.
But sometimes, praying can be difficult. I know, I know. Isn’t that weird? It’s just that, there are days where I struggle with knowing what to say when I’m praying in my head, or even out loud with my voice. I can’t seem to get all of my thoughts organized and a lot of the time I forget about what I want to talk to God about and I get frustrated because I feel like I’m just all over the place.
So one day, as a teenager, I decided to write it down instead. Writing it down seemed to help me overcome this big mess called my brain. It helped me figure out what I wanted to say to God, and how I wanted to say it. And ever since then, I’ve had prayer journals.
I’ve had over 30 prayer journals over the last 7 years and I know I will continue to use this system because it’s what works for me. Not only do I feel like my relationship with God has been strengthened. But I feel like I’m getting better at my snippets of conversations I have with him throughout the day. It’s so relieving because I feel like because I understand what I’m trying to say to Him, I am able to talk to Him more and I am more comfortable doing so.
Do you want to have your own prayer journal? Trust me it’s super easy, and super fun to begin the process of having one! Are you wondering what you are going to write in it? No worries, I can help you figure that one out too.
Remember, everything you do with your prayer journal is solely what you feel God is leading you to do and what feels comfortable for you. It doesn’t have to be like anyone else’s prayer journal. It’s all about what you feel works for you.
Find a notebook that you love. Maybe one with inspirational words on it kind of like my most current one:
Or maybe you like something more vintage looking, artsy, or cute:
Whatever it is you might like, remember to buy something really sturdy if you know you will be using it very often (which I know I definitely do!).
Here are a few options you might enjoy:
After finding a notebook you love, get some sticky notes. I like colorful ones like these ones here: Sticky notes.
With the sticky notes, I use them for multiple things:
-Important prayers I would like to re-pray
-Unfinished prayers that I would like to go back to
-A prayer waiting for an answer
-Topics for the week that I would like to remember
The last things you will need are some pens. I would make a good investment in these because I tend to run out quickly when it comes to ink due to all the writing! Also, I enjoy using different colors because… well just because!
The absolute last thing you will need is your mind. This is a SIMPLE prayer notebook. I say simple because usually people tend to have specific tabs, and binders, and dividers for their prayers. But I like to take it one day at a time and think about what comes to my heart.
So a simple journal, a few sticky notes, and a pen are all you need for your prayer.
I always have my Bible with me when I pray because you never know when God wants to speak to you through His word. There are also prayers in the Bible that I love to write down and remember. (I also use the sticky notes on these pages). He gives us what we need right there. The resources have always been in front of us! It’s how we implement them that help us.
Don’t be afraid to put everything in your journal. I really like the fact that I can record my memories and tell God about them. Praying is not just about asking God for things. It’s also about talking to Him and telling Him what you are going through. That’s what I feel has formed the real bond between us.
The fact that I feel like I can tell God anything, and I can give Him every single one of the moments in my life that have been important or even the tiny moments that might seem insignificant to anyone else.
This is a flower (obviously) from 2013. After going through a really tough time a few days before our anniversary, my husband (fiancé at the time!) sent me this flower. He was 3,000 miles away from me though and the flower got delivered to my door. (Flowers mind you). And I remember feeling like this was something that had healed my heart. The story goes on, but I put the flower in my prayer journal and told God about the way it made me feel. I thanked Him for sending me something that helped my healing process. And this flower was my prayer that day.
And it’s the little things like that which I love about having a prayer journal. You can do whatever you want with it and add whatever you’d like to it. There are no limitations when you are talking to God!
I have pages that are ripped out and missing, and I tend to go back and remember that these are the pages that God gave me strength in. He knows our hearts, and maybe a ripped out and crumbled page that is no longer there is what he might be listening to.
Grabbing a journal and writing is simple. You don’t have to make it a complicated process. Just write and organize your thoughts onto your paper. If there is a bunch of people you would like to pray for, write down their names and make a list of what you would like to pray for them about. Or maybe write down detail for detail what you would like to say.
It’s what works for you! It doesn’t have to be complicated, our God is not a complicated God. He knows our hearts! Don’t be afraid to talk to him through a simple prayer journal.
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