It is amazing the things we forget when we don't write them down. There is wisdom in putting pen to paper to record what is happening around us and in us. We take notes at school, at work, even at church. Why not takes "notes" during our time spent in prayer?
My journal is where I record my response to scripture verses I read, take notes on Bible Studies I do, and keep a running list of those things I am thankful for.
When I have a pen ready to write, I find it easy to hear God speak to my heart. I write down everything that comes to mind, no editing or censoring. Sometimes when I go back and read what I have written, I often find insights and encouragement that I know didn’t come from me.
Journaling has been an excellent addition to my devotional time as well as a vital part of my prayer life. That’s because its place is where I keep the list the things I am praying for. I add the who, what, when and where of my needs and concerns. Occasionally, I write out my actual prayers there because sometimes it’s easier to pour my heart out onto the paper then voicing my hurt, anger, or frustration.
When I journal consistently, I create a record of my spiritual history. My faith grows when I look back over the pages full of ink and see God's hand in my life. I see answered prayers, the ups and downs of my faith, and a relational narrative between a daughter and her Heavenly Father.
Dear Lord, I desire to have a vibrant relationship with you. Help me to establish a consistent time of prayer and create a habit of journaling. Use the words on the pages to reveal Your presence in my life as offer them to up to you.
For You and Your Child…
- Give your child a prayer journal or start one together. A simple book with lined pages will do or you can print these sheets and put them in a binder. HERE is the one with the script letters and HERE is the one with the block letter.
- Have a journal of your own? Share how you use yours to track your spiritual journey bringing attention to your prayer requests, answered prays, and wisdom gleaned from your devotional time.
This post is Day 2 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.