Journaling In Our Prayer Life

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This prayer exercise is a great tool to use to remember to see how God is working in our lives, answering prayer, or guiding us through situations. This is not like a diary; but how God has been communicating to us.
INTENTION: To keep a record of communication with God.
THE EXERCISE:
  • Decide how you want to keep this journal. You may purchase a blank book or use loose-leaf paper held in a ringed notebook.
  • Decide how often you will make notations in your journal. You may want to record insights from other prayer practices or write your prayers in the journal or both. Some people even keep notes from their dreams in their journal. It’s a book that belongs to you and God. Do with it what feels best.
  • Begin by asking God to be present and alive in this journal-keeping experience.
  • To explore spiritual growth based on events in your life, write about a significant event or happening in your daily life.
    • How do you feel about that event?
    • Where was God at work in the event?
    • Where is God leading me now as a result of this event?
    • How do my feelings change as I view the event in the light of God’s love?
  • To notice how God is active in your life, review your journal at regular intervals.
    • What patterns or common themes do you notice?
    • How does God get your attention?
    • How has God answered your prayers?
    • Assess how your relationship with God is emerging.
  • Make notations about any common themes or patterns.
  • Close each journal session with a prayer of gratitude.

TIP: Even if you feel you are not a writer, give this exercise a try. This is a prayer exercise, not a writing exercise. No one but you has to see what you’ve written. Even if you share journal findings with a group, it matters little how you wrote what you discovered. Share it in your own words instead of reading it from the page.

~Taken from the book 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times by Teresa A. Blythe

Lord, I

How many of us have started our prayers with, “Lord, I…” and precede to tell God everything we want God to do for us? Last week, as I was praying, I noticed the prayer started with, “Lord, I…” Yes there were legitimate things I was praying about; but I asked myself, “how does this phrase really place God in my life?”

This was a hard question to think about because I realized that whether I knew it or not, there were times when I doubted God’s faithfulness, or sometimes it seemed that my faithfulness to God depended on how much God gave me.” The truth of it is, people’s faithfulness sometimes depends on circumstances and how much they get. God’s faithfulness depends on his devotion to you.

I’m not sure where you are today, or what you are going through. I can promise you that God’s faithfulness to you and to me goes way beyond understanding. In fact, God proved his love and faithfulness to us on the cross when Jesus Christ hung there for our sins. With this in mind, we can look at this verse from Luke, “If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:13 CEB)

How is your personal prayer life? What kinds of things do you pray for? The disciples only questions they asked Jesus to teach them about was, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1)

Because we have a high priest in heaven right now (Jesus Christ), we have a constant intercessor for us. Jesus prays for each one of you and for me. (Hebrews 7)

So, as I continued to pray, I felt in my heart the prayer begin to change. No longer was it, “Lord, I want…” or “Lord, I want you to…” or “Lord, please help or be with…”. The prayer focus became more about the relationship I have with God through Jesus Christ. The prayer became, “Lord, You…”

Lord, You are the giver of all good gifts.
You are the source of life.
You provide my needs.
You are with those who need you.
You are my rock and my strength, a very present help in times of trouble.
Lord, You are faithful to me, even when my faithfulness to you runs dry and disbelief and unbelief seep into my thoughts.
Thank You!
Thank You, Lord!
It is amazing what is done in the power You have provided.

May our prayers and prayer life give God the glory and keep him in the right place in our hearts.

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