When it comes time to make our entries in our structured prayer journals, it calls for a different approach than that of free-hand journaling. In free-hand journaling we can just take off and write whatever comes to mind, and allow it to just flow from there.
In structured prayer journaling we are faced with specific realities of our faith from accountability to our heart’s purposes. If we are not careful, we may end up staring at our journaling page with a blank look.
Something that has helped me get my thoughts together as I begin “organizing my prayer closet” is to ask myself some thought provoking questions. Today, I am going to share some of mine with you from my book, Organizing Your Prayer Closet that you can incorporate into your prayer life.
Thanksgiving & Praise
- What am I especially thankful for today?
- What good thing has happened today for which I want to give God glory and honor?
Freedom & Forgiveness
- Can I recall any moment today where I clearly know that I sinned?
- Did I feel convicted by the Holy Spirit over any of my actions today?
- Were any prayer needs revealed to me today?
- Did I promise anyone prayer?
My Heart / My Passion
- Has the Lord clarified any part of my calling today?
- Do I have any personal fears or struggles that are hindering me?
- Did I encourage anyone today?
- Did I share Jesus with anyone today?
Insights & Updates
- Has anything happened today that demonstrates God at work in any matter that I am praying for?
- Has God impressed upon me to pray in a very specific or urgent manner over any matter?
Ears to Hear
- Have I felt led to do something, such as a read a specific chapter in the Bible or attend an upcoming conference?
- Did the Holy Spirit illuminate any verse during my daily Bible reading today that really spoke to me about a particular situation?
Faith & Follow-Through
- Is there anything hindering me from following through with a specific request?
- Do I have any thoughts or results to report from my faith and follow-through experiences?
Note: Questions have been omitted for God Answers and At the Right Time because they are self-explanatory. Simply list the answer and the date answered in these two compartments.
Tomorrow, I will be sharing more from my experiences in prayer journaling.
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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.