Prayer Journalism -Entire series in one long post

PRayer answered

I split this series up into smaller post but this is all those post in one.

Here are the shorter post:

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journalism -How To

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

They are in no particular order. They can be read individually or used in a series.

The individual post may have variations from this larger post (different pictures, videos and some wording may vary).

I start with Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journal:
Catch a glimpse of God’s heart.
Spend time with The Lord.
Have intimate Communion with Him.

Record: people, places and things.
Keep some type of log or record of
how things are working out.

God always answers our prayers.
3 main ways; No, Slow or Go.
Sometimes God says, “No.” because He
Knows what is best and what we are asking for
is not part of His plan. (see note on – And God Said “NO”)

https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/and-god-said-no/
Sometimes God Says, “Slow” because He
is working on the timing of things.
Sometimes God says, “Go!” because He
knows when it is time to move forward.
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Remember, God does not do evil. He may allow what we consider to be ‘bad things’ to happen, even toward good people but God is able to use even those bad things for good. Study in your Bible what He did for the man named “Job” (book of Job) and what He did for “Joseph” in spite of the awful things his own brothers did to him (Genesis 45 Also Genesis 50:19-21).
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of all those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Whatever you’re praying about God already knows and has the bigger picture in mind. You have just a few pieces of the puzzle. He will put it all together but in HIS timing not ours.
As you pray, remember to let God do His job. ONLY HE CAN DO THE SUPERNATURAL. Also, there are some things God wants us to do for Him and others. Ask Him what He wants you to do and ask Him to help you do it. He will call you to action. Ask Him to help you see what He wants you to physically do. We are His hands and feet. There may be times when we intercede spiritually only but other times God wants and needs us to intervene physically. God can use you.
As you consider the situation you’re praying about think of what you or others can do for and with Christ’s help to be part of the answer to these prayers. For example only God can physically heal someone but we can be there to hold their hand while they are sick, we can lift them up before the Lord and we can help their loved ones as they are going through this too.
You may find the opportunity to do what I call “prayer in action”. You may visit, send a card or call. You may even ask another person to help out. You may even offer to baby sit or drive someone where they need to go. Don’t just pray for the man who has a wife in the hospital see if you can help him by picking up some things from the store for him. That kind of action done in an attitude of prayer goes a long way and is honored by God.
Remember we are not alone. We have God on our side and a body of other believers to help. Just as we ask God for help we can also ask brothers and sisters in Christ to help us or help others God wants to reach.
Remember what the “stretcher bearers” did in Mark 2:1-12. Four friends could not heal the paralyzed man but they knew they could carry him to Jesus. They even took the effort to get the man up on the roof, dig a hole in the roof and lowered him down before the savior.
We have to do our part. As you write God may show you exactly what He wants you to do. Keith Green had a song, “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest”, in which he sang, “Do your best, pray that it’s blessed and He’ll take care of the rest.”

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As you Journal don’t forget to
LISTEN TO GOD
and always leave room for His answers
and His directions.
Fill your prayer Journal with Scripture. The Bible is God’s voice.
You may want to write some of the Psalms and Proverbs or some of your favorite and most helpful verses from “God’s Word” in your Journal. (see note on “Emergency Phone Numbers” – a list of Scripture references).


This section is a post called Prayer Journalism -How To

How to start:
Make sure your name is on the front as well as the month and year you’re starting this journal. Leave room on the front to write the month and year in which you finished or filled this journal. You may even put Journal #1 is this is your first one. Inside the front cover write information on how to get this journal back to you if it is ever lost.
Number the pages (may do just the even or odd pages).
Page one should describe what this journal is. Write a little bit on what your intentions are, for example you may write, ‘this is a journal I am keeping to help my prayer life. In this journal I am writing prayers for people, places and things God lays on my heart. An index is in the back to help me find things.’ You may also tape or glue in a program cover, typed notes, pictures, ticket stubs or a flyer. Remember this is YOUR journal and you can add whatever YOU want. Insert anything that is helpful in reflecting back on moments of YOUR LIFE WITH GOD.

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Indexing:
After making sure all the pages are numbered go to the very back of your journal and list vertically, straight down; people, places, and things. This is not a wish list. You should also writing down things your thankful for (count your blessings). Do not write a sentence, just one word and name on each line.
After recording a few subjects go back up to the top of that list and to the right of the names or subjects you’ve listed put a page number that leads you toward the front of the journal. The things at the top of the list will obviously be in the early pages of the journal (page 1,2,3 and such).
On one of those pages in the front of your journal
Write the same name or subject matter that your index list refers to.
Then, be sure to write the date.
Now you’re ready to write some details.
Make that into your prayer for that particular subject matter.
At the end write Continue on page ______ and leave this blank.
As time goes by and you continue to pray for that subject you’ll be looking to your index, going to the page where the prayer started and continuing on.
Key to Oragniziation:
TO HELP KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED WHEN YOU WRITE A PAGE NUMBER IN THAT “CONTINUED ON PAGE ____” ALSO WRITE IT IN YOUR INDEX (LOCATED IN THE BACK OF YOUR JOURNAL). This makes it much easier to find the last page where you left off with that subject. Your index should indicate where you started and where you left off last.

Continuing:
When you’re ready to continue to another page on that same subject go to a page that has room and record just as you did when you started but be sure to write “Continued from page ___” and here write the page number you just left regarding that subject. Remember to also write the new page number in your index next to the initial page number.
Make sure the starting page number and the, ‘continued on’, page number are both listed next to that subjects in your index. For some subjects, before long you’ll have several page numbers listed to the right of that subject.
When continuing
Fill in the “continued on page ____” with the page number you’re going to. ALSO WRITE THAT PAGE # IN INDEX
On the new page write the subject matter you’re praying for or about.
Then, be sure to write the date.
Now, before you write details be sure to write,
“Continued from page ____.”
Then you’re ready to write some more details.
Make that into your prayer for that particular subject matter.
At the end, once again, write Continue on page ______ and leave this blank.

Index              Subjects                 Page                    Number

(Cut out the words above to paste in back of journal)


The Next section is a post called Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer can become a way of life. We are told to pray without ceasing.
1st Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually.”
Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions will all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints”.
James 5:13-18
When? For who?
Colossians 4:2-6 “Devote yourselves to prayer, be watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Philippians 4:6-8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable –if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Romans 8:26-27 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
Here is a prayer David uttered when he gathered his people together: 1st Chronicles 29:10-13 “Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
Enjoy watching what God does and be sure to thank Him and give Him all the glory.

Prayer Journal Note/prayer:
Father as I “prayer journal” over time to actually “see” results help me to keep a good index, especially as I transfer from one journal to the next.
As I transfer names/events/situations help me to categorize them so I can find them easier for follow-up and do what ‘follow through’ you want me to personally do.
Examples of categorize to help me relocated and follow God’s work: Family, neighbors, work place, Church (Corps-Body of Christ), our social services, other agencies, other Salvation Armys, “others”
Lord I lift all these people/situations/events/circumstances up to You I am watching/following/logging/tracking/recording what You’re doing, as well as considering what I can do to be part of accomplishing Your will. Use me Lord. What a blessing, what an amazing opportunity to see long term effects. I praise You that I’m able to be part and take an active part in what You have done, what you’re doing and what you’re going to do.
Lord, let me in on Your plan of action. Help me continue to develop a way to have an active, schematic, strategic, prayer life.
I realize you are The Chief Musician (as mentioned in the Psalms). You orchestrate beautiful music from some instruments that are old and beat up, You even make music from things that are not seen as “an instrument”. I see You using everyday ordinary people to be part of a bigger symphony of sound, melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme. May I let You work in me and do my part. Help me to see and hear what You are doing. May this prayer journaling be a tool that aides me to do my part and accept others as they do theirs. Help me to rest when I am suppose to, accompany when you want and play out strong when you call for me to do a solo, knowing that in you I am never alone, even when I feel like it or think I am in the center of the stage. May others hear YOUR MUSIC, YOUR SONG, YOUR LYRICS coming out of me, YOUR INSTRUMENT.
When I stop, look and listen may I see YOU and hear Your plans, May this increase my faith to follow and serve You more.
I’m realizing that with my prayer journaling the importance is not how neat, beautiful or well worded it is. You my Lord know, hear and understand me (Romans 8:26). You will carry, guide and counsel me (Philippians 1:6; John 14:16; 1Pe 5:7; Hebrews 4:16; Luke 6:38; John 15:7; Prov.3:5-6). When I call You answer (Jeremiah 33:3). The importance of my prayer journaling is how You can use it to help me keep track, focus and follow a progression of perpetual prayer. May this be a symbol of Your two way conversation and communication with me and I with you. I want to be part of Your plans, use me and hear my cries to You as I pray for others You are using as well. May You be in everything I do (1st Pe. 4:10). May you increase and I decrease (John 3:30). As I lift up Your Son I know you will draw others to You so help me lift Him up higher (John 12:32). Continue to bring YOUR word into my mind and help me put it in my journal in order to increase my faith in You and what You are saying to me. Father in the name of Your son The Lord Jesus Christ please let Your Holy Spirit rule, reign and work in and through my life, my way of life. Please make me in sync with what You want, with Your will. Help me accept all Your answers whether they are SLOWer than I want (for Your timing is perfect Lord), sometimes “GO!” (a definite yes, or something I need to do), or simply “NO” because YOU know what is best and I want what You want Lord not what we think we want.
Names:
The more I use some ones name the better I know them and remember their name. As I lift up the names I record in my prayer journal Lord may I be part of their lives in You. Lord I want them to see Your son Jesus in me and I want to see Jesus in them. Father speak to me and inspire me.


The next section is a post called Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time:
Prayer, Communication With God

Set a Time, place and plan
1st Choice Not Last Chance. Conversation and conviction rather than crisis.
Not just drive by prayers, hit or miss.
Gaze On God; Glance At Request

Setting a Time
God says, “Change your schedule. I’ll change your life!”
Don’t stop praying, but rather stop other things to pray.

Challenge you to set a specific time aside each day. Try 10 minutes of uninterrupted time in praying and selected Bible reading.

Examples in Bible:
In morning: Psalm 5:3, 59:16, 88:13, 143:8; Mk. 1:35
At night: Matt 26:36, 39, 42, 44 In Gethsemane; Mark 6:46; Lk. 6:12
Anytime, all times: Without ceasing 1st Thess. 5:17
On all occasions: Eph. 6:18
Devote yourself to: Col. 4:2-6
Impulsively & deliberately : Acts 1:14; 4:24; 12:12; 21:5
Every time you hear a siren or bell: offer a special prayer for accident victims, church, phone calls (txt notice), emergency announcements. Let that “chime” remind you to pray.
Setting aside a specific devotional time to be alone with the Lord, talking to Him in prayer and reading His word will help you grow.

Priority:
Do you love Him? Spend time alone with him.
We spend time doing what we really love to do and we spend time doing what we have to do as a necessity (job, family, school, eating, recreation, sleeping) but what do we do for our spiritual lives?
If you don’t eat you die, feed your soul.
Set A Place
Recall Paul and Silas doing the original Jail House Rock.
Draw near to God (Heb. 10:22-23)
“Draw Near To God and He Will Draw Near To You.” (James 4:7-10)
Driving, a room set aside (sanctuary), Altar, Holiness Table, prayer path, what kind of atmosphere is there (site, smell, sound, feel), Prayer Closet , away from distractions (turn everything else off).
Mark 1:35; Luke 5:15-16 Jesus in a solitary place

Set A Plan
Good book by Becky Tirabassi “Wild Things Happen When I Pray”
Ken Abraham also wrote some good books I used in developing this info.
Think of prayer as conversation between two people who love each other.

TRY
Prayer board-with pictures, as you look at those picture you lift up that person. Praise God for them and lift up their needs (intersession).

Stretcher Bearers- draw a large cross on paper. At top put person your praying for. On Left side of Cross list things God is capable of doing (Supernaturally). On right side of Cross list things you or others can do in that situation or for that person (send a note, call, drive them or their family home, to store, from hospital, get something for them…can be something as simple as bringing in their mail because they are shut in or away on a trip) -This is especially good to do in a prayer meeting or small group and each person can put their prayer into action.

Prayer Journal:
Short explanation of how to organize one-
Index in back, a list of just Subjects/names (straight down the page). Then to the right of subjects put a page numbers referring to pages in front. On the pages starting at the front after you write about situation, subject or person write “RESULTS:___” and leave that blank to continue on another page. Index in the back will help you find and follow subjects.

Use FB or social media, but only read comments that are of praise or petition (THIS may not work for you, to easily distracted by everything else on FB or social media SO may start a group or join one that focuses only on posting prayers in that group or on that page.

These are just ideas that i’ve heard others us or i use to help me stay focused in specific time of prayer. Heard someone say, “The key to praying more is, pray more.” Talk causally with God throughout your day but also set some time aside, get to a place that is conducive and have a plan that helps you focus during that time and in that place.

P.R.A.Y.E.R.:
Powerful (James 5:13-18)
Rescue (Psalm 34:4; 109:21)
Answers (Matt 7:7; James 4:2; Phil. 4:6) No, Slow or go.
Yearnings (Ps. 37:4; 66:18)
Enthusiasm for Evangelism
Righteousness (Psalm 139:23-24; 84:11; 66:18)

Our P.A.R.T.:
Praise –Psalm 150
Admit -Psalm 139:23-24
Request –Psalm 5:3 (Not telling, asking)
Thanks – Phil. 4:6-9; 1st Thess. 5:18

God’s P.A.R.T.:
Prompt us –touch us, motivate us, let us know what He wants.
Admonish –discipline and convict us.
Reveal –show us, teach us thing.
Triumph –He will always win the battles we fight in prayer.

“God hears those who listen. God listens to those who hear”
If we are not obedient to His word we cannot expect Him to be doing His will through us.
James Chapter 4 clarifies why our prayers may not even be heard by God

prayer


This part is from the post called Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

This post is a Bible study you can do personally or share in a small group that doesn’t necessarily place emphasis on how important it is to keep a prayer journal or How To keep one. Another post that is very similar to this one is the one on Biblical prayer. This one is a Bible study that can be done with or without a prayer journal. The prayer journal could simply be a cheap spiral note book used to keep notes on prayer.

Weather you keep a prayer journal or not here is a Bible Study specifically on prayer. For those with no place to write it down, a prayer journal would be your answer.

I would suggest you start the Bible study with this video/song or one similar to it:

go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/prayer-journalism-bible-study/ for video

You may  printed out or copied this post. I encourage you to perhaps use it as an answer key as you use the acronyms. Simply write the letters to each word vertically on a poster board or flip chart then as you plug in each word horizontally you can lead the small group.

Example

A.

C.

T.

S.

A.C.T.S.:
Adoration: Heb. 13:15; Ps. 34:1-3
Confession: 1st Jn. 1:9; Ps. 32:1-6; Ps. 103:3, 11-13
Thanksgiving: Phil. 4:6-9; 1st Thess. 5:18
Supplication: James 5:13-20; Heb. 4:15-16 (intercession, petition – lift up rather                                 than put down).

While we pray we can start with adoration, then spend time inconfession, move into a time of thanksgiving  (it’s not just for Thursdays once a year anymore). And conclude our prayer with supplication (this involves asking the Lord for things but not as we would build a wish list for Santa or ask a magic genie for 3 wishes. God is not our fairy godmother granting all our dreams to come true and live happily ever after. He is, however,  our loving heavenly Father and wants us to live happily ever after in eternity with Him and until then while we are on this earth to let our request be made known to Him as we keep in mind His will, His desires and His best interest, not our own.

While praying if we devote the first portion to adoration, the next part of confession, the next part on thanksgiving and end with supplication we will be sure to have a focused prayer to the Lord rather than a hazardous one said without meaning.

Jesus taught His listeners to pray. Look at Matt. 6:5-15 and break down that prayer into sections to understand how Jesus said we should pray.Internalize “The Lord’s Prayer” rather than just memorizing it.

Here are some more acronyms:

P.R.A.Y.E.R.:
Powerful (James 5:13-18)
Rescue (Psalm 34:4; 109:21)
Answers (Matt 7:7; James 4:2; Phil. 4:6) No, Slow or go.
Yearnings (Ps. 37:4; 66:18)
Enthusiasm for Evangelism
Righteousness (Psalm 139:23-24; 84:11; 66:18)

Our P.A.R.T.:
Praise –Psalm 150
Admit -Psalm 139:23-24
Request –Psalm 5:3 (Not telling, asking)
Thanks – Phil. 4:6-9; 1st Thess. 5:18

God’s P.A.R.T.:
Prompt us –touch us, motivate us, let us know what He wants.
Admonish –discipline and convict us.
Reveal –show us, teach us thing.
Triumph –He will always win the battles we fight in prayer.

You may want to end this section with this video and song

Write these questions down and look up the Bible verses to answer them (A Prayer journal comes in handy when wanting to take notes):

What should we pray about?
Everything thing: Phil. 4:6-8

How?
Spirit helping us: Rom. 8:26-27; Matt. 6:7-13; Ecc. 5:2

When?
James 5:13-18; 1st Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Mk.1:35; Mk. 6:46

For Who?
Matt. 5:44; James 5:13-16

Where?
Matt. 6:5-6

Why? Here are several reasons:

  • He Deserves our prayers Ps. 30:10-12, Rev. 4:18; 5:8
  • He Demands prayers (300 times in scripture) examples Psalm 150; Heb. 13:15
  • He Dwells in prayers Ps. 22:3-5,22-26
  • He Delights in prayers Ps. 103 (Make God feel at home in our lives)
  • He Delivers through prayers Acts. 16:25

Promises:
Mk.11:24, Mt.7:7, Jer. 33:3, Mt. 21:22, Jn. 14:13-14, Jn. 15:7, 1at Jn. 5:14-15

“Little prayer, little power, much prayer, much power, no prayer, no power, know prayer know power.

Prayers by Jesus as recorded in His word
(from Halley’s Bible Handbook pg. 508-509)
Luke 11:1 At baptism
Mark 1:35 In a solitary place
Luke 5:16 In the wilderness
Luke 6:12 All night, before choosing 12
Matt. 11:25-27 Before his invitation, “come unto me”
John 6:11 At the feeding of the 5,000
Matt. 14:23 After feeding the 5,000
Luke 11:1-4 The Lord’s prayer
Luke 9:18 In private
Luke 9:28-29 Before Transfiguration
Matt. 19:13 For Little Children
John 11:41-42 Before Rising Lazarus
John 12:27-28 In the temple
Matt. 26:26-27 At the supper
Luke 22:32 For Peter
John 17 For The Disciples
Matt 26:36, 39, 42, 44 In Gethsemane
Luke 23:34 On the cross
Luke 24:30 At Emmaus

I hope and pray this will be helpful to you or the group you may share this with. Please post comments on how this was useful and encouraging  to you personally or used with a group you lead.

Here are the links to the other post in this series:

The entire series in one long post: PRAYER JOURNALISM (with a few variations) (the post you are reading now)

Prayer Journalism -The Importance of

Prayer Journalism -How To

Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer

Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time

Prayer Journalism -Bible Study

Addendum’s:

Prayer Journalism -And God Said No  (Part of Prayer Journalism -the importance of)

These are some other post that can be printed out and put into your prayer journal:

From the post called  “Work Day Prayer”

From the posted called “A Short Conversation With God”

From the post called “The Prayer Chair”

From the post called “And God Said No” (which is also part of the post Prayer Journalism -The Importance of)

Other than the last one these are not in the individual post that are part of the Prayer Journalism Series.

Pressing On,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

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