This post is part of a larger one called Prayer Journalism Series (The individual post that are part of the series are listed at the end of this post).
However, here i am just emphasizing the importance of keeping a prayer journal. By no means is it necessary to Salvation in The Lord Jesus Christ but it can be a very helpful tool in your walk with Him. Here are some reasons why;
- 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.
- Recall people’s names because you are lifting those names up to The Lord.
- Able to literally count your blessings and find that your counting them ton by ton rather than just one by one and you could fill a book with praises alone.
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 post on – 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.
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 2 great examples of what God did for;
- “Job” (book of Job)
- “Joseph” in spite of the awful things his own brothers did to him (Genesis 45 Also Genesis 50:19-21).
We read their story and the accounts that happen to them, they didn’t know how it was going to end but stayed faithful to God. As you record events and prayers for others and for situations you two will see how God works over time.
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.”
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.
You can even read a portion of scripture and make that your prayer, may of the Psalms are just that but you can also read a passage like 2nd Peter 1:1-11 and turn it in to a two way prayer between you and the Lord as you hear how He calls us. Thank Him for calling you and ask God to equip you as you read and jot down notes.
In my prayer journal i have a list of Scripture references i call “Emergency Phone Numbers” that encourage and instruct me when i am calling on God. One of those is Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
I hope this is helpful to you and encourages you to start your own prayer journal. Let me know what works for you and please see my other post regarding Prayer Journalism, how to and more.
Here are the links to the other post in this series:
Prayer Journalism -The Importance of (The one you are reading now)
Tom “Beetle” Bailey
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