Prayer journaling is a wonderful thing, and structured prayer journaling can add clarity and awe to your prayer life.
Believe it or not the art of prayer journaling began with Moses. He was the first official prayer journaler since he authored the first 5 books of the Bible. According to Dr. Herbert Lockyer, Sr. there are 650 prayers recorded in scripture, which makes it the first official prayer journal.
After sin entered the world, God could no longer come down and walk with man as He had enjoyed with Adam and Eve. It was not until Adam and Eve’s grandchildren that mankind began to establish communication with God again. Here is the first recorded mention of prayer in the Holy scriptures:
Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD. Genesis 4:26
My grandmother, Minnie Bell, was an avid journaler. In the ninth grade, my English Comp teacher, Ms. Ware, required her students to journal at least five pages per week. I journaled about my life up until I got married, and then I threw them all away. No one needed to see such written accounts of my single, wild life.
Now, I use structured prayer journaling to capture what God is doing in my life. I invite you to join me for the next 31 days for this discipline of prayer. I will share how I got started, why I find it helpful, and it works, along with some really neat stories of how I have captured God’s hand at work in my prayer life.
I will be joining The Nester’s 31 Days writing challenge, starting October 1 (http://write31days.com/). I will be writing for 31 days about structured prayer journaling. I will be posting daily, and adding links to my Resources page to keep them all together. On October 2nd, I will be explaining the difference between structured prayer journaling and traditional journaling.
If you wish to share your pilgrimage in structured prayer journaling, you can join me at Organizing Your Prayer Closet’s Facebook Fan Page where every weekend I share insights from mine.
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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.