This is part of the Prayer Journalism Series on my blog. Each part can be used on it’s own regarding every thing from the importance of keeping a prayer journal to how to start one (click on those titles to go to those post).
This posts is a consideration of what God’s word has to say about 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 Ask When? For who? after reading that passasege.
- 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 as you journal 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. In Jesus Name Amen
In a more advanced prayer journal you may split it up into sections and have tabs dividing lists of people or subjects under those areas.
Here are examples of categorizing to help me relocated and follow God’s work: Family, neighbors, work place, Church (Corps-Body of Christ), our social services, other agencies, other Churches, other Salvation Armys, “others”.
Prayer to remind me of the importance and focus of my prayer journal: 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.
Writing names in a prayer journal:
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. In Jesus Name, Amen
I hope this is helpful to others. Please share in comments what works for you. Do you have a strategy for your prayer life?
Here are the links to the other post in this series:
Prayer Journalism Series (Index)
Prayer Journalism -Biblical Prayer (The one you are reading now).
Tom “Beetle” Bailey
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