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In case you haven’t noticed, prayer is invisible.
We can’t see it. Even when we say our prayers out loud, they are unseen. Because they are invisible it is hard to keep up with our prayerful transactions – confessions, petitions, revelations and most importantly, God’s guidance. There is no telling how many transactions take place between us and God throughout the day.
I just spent the past weekend at a local event called “Raise the Praise” – a free open-air concert of today’s Christian artists. Because I am personal friends with the event’s founder, I was able to get a VIP pass to meet Plumb backstage. I was thrilled to meet her!
I had set up a vendor booth to share my recently published book, Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray. It includes a 60-week structured prayer journal called the Prayer Closet Organizer.
As people stopped by to check out my wares and sign up to win prizes, I would share my book with them. (The winner of a free copy of my book is JANET OWENS!) When I showed off the Prayer Closet Organizer in one of my books, I noticed that they responded favorably because if I must say so myself, it is a neat idea.
But when I showed them a few filled-in pages from my personal Prayer Closet Organizer, they responded even more positively. They would stop what they were doing. They would listen to me tell them about how I can now see God moving in my life. They could see where I had made an entry, and then came back to it to enter a note of an answer or revelation. The main thing that sold my books this past weekend – visible prayer. Not only did I show them something they had never before seen, but something they hadn’t even realized they could have – until now. Until now they hadn’t even realized that they were missing the wonder of visible prayer.
I can tell you that structured prayer journaling is addicting. I am not just telling you this because I want to sell more books (even though, I do). I can say this because prior to publishing my book, I had been doing this for twelve years, and even if I had never published “Organizing Your Prayer Closet” I would still be doing it.
I can’t imagine not utilizing a structured prayer journal. I never want to have invisible prayers again! I can’t even imagine what it would be like to say a prayer tonight, to only go ten days from now, and have no clue as to what God had done. Would it really be that way? Yes. It would. Structured prayer journaling helps me to see how God is working not only with my prayer petitions, but everything else in my life. Prayer encompasses my total relationship with God. Everything going on in the Spirit-realm is related. I may have a praise 5 weeks ago, that has now translated into a call to act. A “no” from God 3 months ago may now be the very reason for I am getting a “yes” today.
I can’t imagine missing out on all those tiny, but significant details going on behind the scenes of my life. Structured prayer journaling frames each one of these moments with written words. I can go back and look at them anytime.
When we write our prayers down, it is like bringing things from the spiritual realm into our visual presence where we can now see the physical hand of God moving in our life.
If you want visible prayers, you can purchase my structured prayer journal, or create your own prayer journal. Check out my page of decorated Prayer Closet Organizers here! Here is a sample below:
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Author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and 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. If you would like to schedule Gina to speak on prayer or host a prayer journaling workshop, click here for more inormation. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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