How’s your prayer life going? I’ve been paying extra attention to my conversations with God this week, and due to some public speaking I had to do last night, I found myself on my knees a lot last week. It was great!
In my continued attempts to work on my prayer life, I’ve created a new prayer journal. I’ve used prayer journals to organize my prayer life in the past, and I liked using them a lot. I don’t know why I stopped, but it’s time to begin again.
Why Use a Prayer Journal?
I like to use a prayer journal because it helps me organize my prayer life and make it a priority. I like to pray for other people, but if I don’t write down their prayer requests in a specific place, sometimes the prayer request slips my mind. I mean to pray, but I don’t follow through. Using a prayer journal helps me follow through.
A prayer journal also reminds me to pray for people the Bible commands me to pray for: government officials, my church, and the unsaved. It also helps me organize my prayer lists for various ministries in which I’m involved.
The Sections in my Prayer Journal
My journal has thirteen tabs, but I don’t use all of them every day.
The first four sections are labeled with the words from the ACTS acronym we discussed last week: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. In each of those sections, I have a page of scripture verses that address each topic.
When I begin my prayer time, I look over the verses for inspiration. Because let’s face it, early in the morning, sometimes my brain has a hard time starting without a little help from the Word.
The next seven sections are labeled with the day of the week and a topic.
Sunday/Government. In this section I keep a list of government officials that I want to pray for. The President, my federal and state representatives…you get the picture. If there are specific issues that I want to pray for, I write those down.
Monday/Husband & Marriage. This is the day I focus on praying for my husband and my marriage. I keep a running list of things I would like to pray for.
Tuesday/Others. On Tuesdays, I pray for people who are not in my immediate family: friends, extended family, neighbors, unsaved people I know. I keep a list of people I need to pray for regularly and pray my way through the list.
Wednesdays/Kids. I picked Wednesday to focus on my kids because they don’t have early classes on Wednesday. That way if I need a little extra time, I can use it. I have a page for each child, and I list ongoing and short-term issues that I want to cover in prayer for each of them.
Thursday/Ministries. I’m involved in a couple of ministries at church, and I keep all of my prayer requests from those ministries in this tab.
Friday/Me. On Fridays, I pray for things I need to work on in my own life. I also pray for the direction of this blog and any issues I’m facing balancing work and home life.
Saturday/Church. I realize that most people pray for their church on Sundays, but I picked Saturday for two specific reasons. First, I don’t always have a chance to pray before church on Sundays. Second, our church’s first weekend service is actually on Saturday night. So on Saturdays, I pray for our pastors, church leadership, and the ministries in our church.
My last important tab is labeled Listen. I keep some blank paper in this tab, and as I’m praying, if I sense God is trying to tell me something, I write it down. It’s a place for me to journal my response to my time with God.
I have one more tab, and that is my Blank Paper tab. There is nothing worse than needing to write something in my prayer journal and realizing I’m out of paper. Having a section for blank paper solves the problem.A prayer journal is a great way to improve your prayer life! Click To Tweet
Grab Your Free Prayer Journal Printables!
To help you get started with your prayer journal, I’m offering you a copy of my Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication scripture pages!
I’ve also included a blank page for each section, so you can add your own favorite scriptures to your journal.
Am I Rigid About Prayer Journal Use?
The answer is no. My prayer journal is just a tool to make sure I’m covering what I need to in prayer. I generally pray for my kids every day, but I expand my prayer time for them on Wednesdays. If a friend calls on Thursday and needs prayer, I don’t wait until Tuesday to pray. I pray right then. But I also write the request in my Tuesday tab, so I can remember to follow up in prayer.
I also usually only look at my prayer journal in the morning. As I go about the day, I pray as the Spirit leads me.
Using a prayer journal really helps me in my morning prayer time. Even if I pray before drinking my coffee, I can stay focused on the things I need to pray for!