So, what is structured prayer journaling?
Most people who journal or prayer journal use a free-hand method where they write about what comes to their mind and is on their heart. Every entry can be different, as some days you may hash out a problem while the next day you may celebrate a happy moment. I would say that it is more of a moments-based approach.
Structured prayer journaling is formatted in such a way that it focuses everything toward God’s viewpoint and priorities. It is less about what I am doing, thinking and trying to solve, and more about what God is doing and wants to do in my life, which is a more holistic approach of my relationship with God. Not that it doesn’t address those things I am pondering, for it certainly does, but structured prayer journaling captures those things through the context of God’s movement in my life. This is what makes it such a powerful prayer discipline.
My format for a structured prayer journal has two main categories: practical and reflective. Each category has five sub-categories. These are the areas of my prayer life that they cover below:
- Thanksgiving & Praise Reports
- Overcoming Sin & Self Confessions
- Prayer Requests List
- God’s Answer to My Prayer Petitions
- Dates of when God Answered my Prayers
- My Heart/My Passion Notes
- Witnessing List
- Insight & Updates to Spiritual Things
- Notes of Things God is Speaking to Me
- Obedience to God’s Promptings
Did I cover everything? I think so. Perhaps you may have another category that would be helpful to you? I will provide more details about each of my compartments (sub-categories) in future posts.
The reason I love structured prayer journaling is explained in this wonderful quote below by Charles H. Brent:
Tomorrow I will be sharing how important structured prayer journaling really is. It will give you an ah-ha moment!
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.