I mentioned in a recent Daybook Online Journal post, Daybook Online Journal: Lent Begins, that I need to amp up my prayer life. I need to become more focused and intentional. I decided to create a prayer journal because in addition to focus and intention, I also need accountability. And, because I’m a visual person and figured some of you may be as well, I made a video showing you how I set up my new prayer journal. It was hard finding a pocket of quiet in my home on a snowy, inside day to make the video. Thanks be to God I have healthy, sometimes noisy children. Using this prayer journal alongside my Bible journaling has already been a much-needed help in my devotional time.
Prayer Journal: Video and Resources
To get my prayer journal started, I composed a set of prayers inspired by the Scriptures, by other prayers I’ve prayed, devotionals I’ve read, and from prompts from the Holy Spirit. These prayers form the spine of my daily prayer. When I can’t find the words or think of the intentions I have for myself, my husband or my children, these prayers will be a great starting point and a firm foundation of the desires of my heart.
The prayers I composed for myself address the various and intricate parts of my life as a child of God, wife, mother, friend, and writer. My prayers contain an underlying thread repeating some daily affirmations that I need to help keep my mind healthy and strong. These prayers needed verses specifically about joy, gratitude, and hope.
While pondering the prayers for my husband Chris, I wanted to acknowledge the fact that the world is difficult. I respect and am so appreciative of the time he spends each day in such a difficult place so he can provide for his family. I wanted my prayers to include the intention that he would recognize the need to take up his cross and seek his comfort and consolation in Christ with all meekness and humility.
As I was composing the prayers for my children, I was literally moved to tears. It hit me in a powerful way the necessity of my prayers for them and especially for my prayers for each one of them individually and specifically. And not just specifically for each one of them individually, but also for the specifics of their lives: the things they view as forms of entertainment, their friendships, vocation, and future spouses.
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Oh goodness, look how pretty these colored papers are. Target does not carry these or I would have bought them! Colored Filler Paper, 100 sheets And here’s some pretty Martha Stewart 5-Tab Small-Format Plastic Dividers. I’m ordering online next time.
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If you use a prayer journal or prayer binder, leave a comment giving me the ins and out of your prayer journal.
*Here’s a link to a post with my more formal, rote prayers that I’ve included in my prayer binder, Prayer Journal: Formal Prayers