"You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows." Job 22:27
These days, people say “I’ll be praying for you” a lot. Yet, they never actually lift up a single word of prayer to the Lord. It has just become call and response. “I'm sick.” I’ll be praying for you. “I have a new job interview.” I’ll be praying for you.“I teach preschool.” I’ll be praying for you. Let me be honest, I have done this a lot in the past. I think we know what we should do as Christians, but don’t always follow through with it. We have become so complacent that we no longer “inconvenience” ourselves for others. 2 years ago, I felt strong conviction over my inaction in praying for others, so I became intentional about making sure my good intentions did not become a lie. More recently, I took that a step further and began making prayer journals. If you are having a hard time praying, then a prayer journal maybe really helpful for you. A prayer journal is just a diary of your prayers. Just look through Pinterest and you’ll find enough versions to set you up for life!
Reasons Why You Should Start Journaling
1.You can’t fall asleep!
Okay so maybe you can still doze off, but not as easily! Don’t you hate the sleepiness that comes when you pray and study the bible? By writing in a journal, it requires you to keep your eyes open! You have to be active which helps your body stay more alert. So get all your colorful pens and journal your little heart away.
2.You can keep track of answered prayers!
Prayer Journals are a great way to keep track of your prayers. You know what you have asked God for, and when he answered your prayers. Each entry is dated so you know how long it took for your prayer to be answered. The other great thing is that it helps you to see more of his will. 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” So if you see that your prayers to become a millionaire aren’t being answered, then maybe just maybe that is not God’s will for your life. We should always pray for God's will and not with our wants in mind.
3.You can encourage someone!
If you are praying for a specific person, you can give them your prayer journal when you feel you are finished with it. Imagine how encouraged the other person will feel by reading your prayers for them. It helps them to know that you care for, and prayed specifically for them!. They can go through the same process as #2 and match their request with your prayers. It's even cooler when the Lord has led you to pray for a request that they never told you!
4.It gives you accountability!
Writing down your prayers can make you more accountable to pray consistently. It's is more work than simply praying in your head or out loud because it requires you to actually write. I often make it a part of my night time routine. You know that weird feeling you get if you can't brush your teeth before bed? If you begin to journal consistently enough it will feel just as weird to skip that step.
Have I convinced you? Do you think you should give it a try? It may not be for everyone, but its definitely for someone. If that is you, I made a whole post on practical ways to begin journaling your prayers. If you you find that journaling may not be for you, I still encourage you to increase you prayer life. Maybe that means praying more for the persecuted church, or your enemies. Evaluate your prayer life and find and area where you can grow. We can all go a little bit further.
"Loving father, help us to pray to you with an earnest heart. Lifting you up above all others. Show us your will so that we will pray your desires back to you. Help us to be consistent in not only journaling, but in our prayers in general. Thank you my king. In Jesus' Name, Amen."