I’ve been keeping a prayer journal for several years now. This daily ritual helps me remain focused so my mind does not wander. It’s also a record of my requests. I can go back and look at how God has worked in my life. This is part of what I wrote this morning:
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is the dawn of a New Year and I look forward to all the possibilities it holds. But I will need Your perfect guidance in my life. Please be there to silence the lies of the enemy and remind me of whom I am in You. Help me rest in Your truth. Grant me clarity of purpose and the courage to carry out Your will in every aspect of my life.
As I was praying this morning, I was prompted to turn to the prayer I wrote January 1, 2015. Reading that prayer almost brought me to tears. Throughout the year God’s faithfulness was evident as I remembered how he answered my prayers and prepared me for the big change coming to my life.
Keeping a record of your prayers is also a record of the faithfulness of our Lord. Turn back to any date, read your prayer and remember how God has helped you face your struggles by being by your side. It reminds me of how much our Lord has blessed me and helps me feel a renewed sense of gratitude.
If you would like to start a prayer journal today would be a great day to start. You can write your prayers in Bibles created for journaling, in the margins of devotionals, decorative journals, spiral notebooks, or even electronically. (Electronic versions are easier to search, but I prefer to write to God in longhand.) After a few months, go back and review your prayers. Thank God for answering your prayers. This is a great exercise to remind you of our Lord’s faithfulness. If you don’t know what to say, listed below are a few ideas to get you started.
|Copy the Lord’s prayer, and then expand on it.||Pray a prayer of confession.|
|Rewrite the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, and then add to it.||Pray for safety.|
|Pray for someone you don’t like.||Pray for the nation’s leaders.|
|Pray the Psalms.||Pray for your health.|
|Pray for your family.||Ask God for the ability to make wise, godly choices.|
|Pray for your friends.||Pray for the world, one country at a time.|
|Pray for your co-workers, and your boss.||Pray for an end to terrorism.|
|Pray for the military and first responders.||Pray for Christians where Christians are in the minority.|
|Pray for your schools.||Thank God for the people in your life.|
|Pray for every family on your block.||Thank God for your job.|
|Pray for your physicians.||Thank God for your possessions.|
|Pray for your community leaders.||(Try to) List your blessings.|
|Pray for peace and goodness to fill your home.||Thank God for pure water and plenty of food.|
|Pray for your pastors and church elders.||Pray for missionaries.|
|Pray for those who write books that explain God’s Word in more detail.||Pray over your daily calendar.|
|Pray about your goals.||Pray for our nation’s leaders.|
|Ask God to guide you through His Word.||Pray for healing to broken relationships.|
|Pray for Wisdom.||Pray for your future.|
|Pray a prayer of confession.||Ask for guidance on how to serve the Lord.|
|Pray for safety.||(Try to) List your blessings.|
|Pray for the nation’s leaders.||Thank God for pure water and plenty of food.|
|Pray for your health.||Pray for missionaries.|
|Ask God for the ability to make wise, godly choices.||Pray over your daily calendar.|
|Pray for the world, one country at a time.||Pray for our nation’s leaders.|
|Pray for an end to terrorism.||Pray for healing to broken relationships.|
|Pray for Christians where Christians are in the minority.||Pray for your future.|
|Thank God for the people in your life.||Ask for guidance on how to serve the Lord.|
|Thank God for your job.||Thank God for your possessions.|
May you be richly blessed as you discover God’s faithfulness to you as you turn to Him in prayer.
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”