It is not necessarily a novel thing to write down your prayer requests, but I have found it to be a novel idea to record the answers to prayer. So novel, in fact, I had one skeptic to quip, “So, you are tracking God now to make sure He answers to you!” (I don’t think he meant it as question, so I did not use a question mark here). I was not put-off, offended or unprepared for this remark, because it was the same issue I had pondered before I began this type of journaling. In fact, it was almost a show-stopper!
When my aunt gave me a little 2-column journal with “Prayer Requests” and “Prayer Answers” headlining, I wasn’t even sure if that was “legal” to God. Was it sacrileges? Who was I to track Him? Did He answer to me? Would this record make Him look bad? All of these questions and thoughts zoomed through my mind.
Thankfully, a wiser heart (surely led by God’s Spirit) prevailed, and I began journaling as such. Within the first week, I could not believe it – God was answering prayer! One of my friends who recently began using my Prayer Closet Organizer, was just as amazed as I was. She brought her copy of my book into church and opened it, pointing to her list of answered prayers. Surprised, she said, “God answers prayer!!! Who knew???” then we both laughed at just how incredible God is.
God does answer prayer, but seldom do we recognize it. When we prayer journal, it is like bringing things from the spiritual realm into our visual presence where we then can physically see God’s hand moving in our prayers!!! I think God loves it when we track what He is doing! He is so faithful, and He likes to show off!!!
God doesn’t answer to me; HE ANSWERS ME!
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
Structured prayer journaling is amazing really, and I hope you try it. For more information on my book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet” click here.