Prayer Journaling

The first time I read about prayer journaling was when I read Prayer: the Great Adventure by Dr. David Jeremiah. Much of his book was excerpts from his personal prayer journal as he was going through cancer and treatments. I thought the idea was great but never followed through. A year ago, I had a notebook where I kept sermon notes for when I preached and from services I attended. One of those pages was a list of requests. They were more like miracles I wanted to see God do. I was amazed how many of these prayers were answered within the last year. We often miss the fact that God answers our prayers because we keep no record of it. We even take for granted that prayer-answering is what God is supposed to do. The things I had on my list were things I honestly did not foresee being answered within a year. I looked at them as impossible, yet God worked despite my lack of faith.

I want to challenge you to write down the things you are praying about currently. There will come a time when those “impossible” things will be made possible by our miracle-working God. I still have a portion of the list that has yet to be answered. This list gave me a faith boost to believe that God will bring these things to pass. Write your requests down. I can assure you that if God doesn’t change the circumstances, He will change the way you pray. The time invested in prayer journaling is worth it.


7 thoughts on “Prayer Journaling

  1. When I read your post, you reminded me of this scripture:

    Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

    It is a good idea to write down what we request to God and keep track of what He answered so that we know what prayers hit the target and what prayers weren’t answered if we prayed amiss when we don’t get exactly what we thought we would get.

    I think I’m going to keep a journal of my answered prayers so that I remember the goodness of God and remind myself of How He answers prayers.

    Thanks for reminding me of this with this post.

    Sherline. 😀

  2. very encouraging! Although sometimes, I need to stop myself from writing every prayer down, because I forget that I don’t have to write a prayer down for God to hear me. Love this though!

    1. I have written few prayers down. I just happened to find that it is good for me to write down the “big requests” and look back to see how God answered them or changed me in the process. I wanted the main takeaway to be encouragement to do something where people will most clearly see God’s hand at work.

  3. I love prayer journaling! The first time I began to write my payers down was when I was a freshman in high school, and when I began to see how those prayers were being answered, I continued to keep writing them down! It’s a great way to see how God is working in our lives, and I wish many more would write down their prayers, for it’s amazing to see how God has answered each prayer we prayed for! God bless you!

  4. G’day man, great post. I like it cause again you have a great call to action. I journal a bit but have been thinking about writing my prayers down and answered prayers. I will be doing this in the new year for sure

  5. Thank you, Matthew! I like how you wrote that we often miss answered prayers because we keep no record of them. That is just the inspiration I needed to start!

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