Do you ever find yourself wanting to pray but not really knowing what to say? You know what you feel in your heart but for some reason, the words always to escape you. If you were on stage people would try to convince you that you had stage fright. If you were taking a test in school they would say it’s test or performance anxiety. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Makes you wish you had a cheat sheet or something to that could help you say what is really on your mind. Don’t be embarrassed. If you’ve experienced this before, rest assured that you are not alone. There are plenty of God-believing, church-going people who run into this. In fact, you’re even talking to one. This is why I believe every woman needs a prayer journal.
Why Every Woman Needs A Prayer Journal
Journaling has helped me express my heart more than any other method of communication. When I put pen to paper the things that have been stuck in my heart that I have been trying to communicate finally find a way out. I can share what’s on my mind without judgment, interruption, or any sort of lash back. And often times, that’s just what I need to do. Especially if I am dealing with hurt.
Taking the time to sit down, write what’s on my mind and share my heart with God BEFORE opening up to other people helps me appropriately process what is in front of me. It keeps me seeing things through a lens of hope and faith, helps me determine who (or what spirit or emotion) is at the root of what I am feeling, and it shows me exactly how I need to pray.
What I really love about having a prayer journal is that it also acts as a living record of what God is working in my life. Any time I doubt that God is at work in my life I can go back through my journal and see for myself all that God has done for me. Sometimes that’s just the kick my faith needs.
9 Thing To Keep Track Of In Your Prayer Journal
There are 9 things that I always recommend keeping track of in your prayer journal:
1. Your heart (which we chatted about just moments ago).
2.Your Prayer Request (and the date you made them).
3. The Answer to any prayer requests (and the date they were answered). I like to highlight these so they stand out.
4. Dreams that God has given you (whether those be goals God has planted in your heart or literal dreams and visions he shares with you).
5. Scripture verses that speak to a situation you (or a loved one) are in.
6. “Yay God!” Moments. Moments that remind just how great and loving the God you serve is.
7. Things you are grateful/thankful for.
8. Specific needs of others that you are committing to pray for.
9. People that you want to see come to know Jesus.
Where Can I Get A Prayer Journal?
I’ll be honest, most of the prayer journals I’ve had I’ve made on my own using an $0.89 composition notebooks from Walmart or Fred Meyer (What can I say, I’m a little bit of a penny cruncher).
BUT if you were to ask me where you can find a beautifully designed great quality prayer journal, I’d point you to DaySpring. DaySpring is a great option for inexpensive journals and journaling accessories. They offer so many options for making your journal your own. Like this Praise Journal:
This praise book has space to record most all of the topics we talked about earlier (the 9 things to keep track of in your prayer journal) and can stand on its own. But it also comes with the option to jazz it up a bit and make it your own! The kit comes with decorative praise prompts, “Names of God” sticker set, decorative numbers, letters, hearts, and other fun stickers, plus 2 new precision pens. Not only can you personalize this praise journal, you can have a lot of fun doing it.
The Heart of Prayer Journaling
Obviously, you can tell I’m a big time prayer journaling advocate. I’ve found for me that it does help. And If you’re a new believer especially, having a prayer journal can help you navigate situations that you wouldn’t be prepared to navigate otherwise. Especially when used in partnership with a mentor or someone who can help you solidify and grow in your faith.
Next time you sit down to have a conversation and you find yourself drawing a blank, pull out your prayer journal and share with God what is in your heart.