prayer journal, structured prayer journaling, prayer closet


I am on open book – literally!  I am apt to leave my structured prayer journal lying around anywhere at home.  My husband or kids could pick it up and read it without me ever knowing.

Now, you don’t have to leave yours lying around, but I just like not having to worry about where I left it last.  But what about when I am praying over something of a private nature?

Several years back I was praying over something that I was struggling with that was not something that I would want anyone to know.  It was a battlefield in my mind, and I was losing the battle.

So, how did I keep track of it in my prayer journal?  I used a symbol – the frowny-face.

I know it sounds cute, but believe me, cute it was NOT!

Every time this issue reared its ugly head, I recorded it with a frowny-face.


prayer journal, prayer journaling, structured prayer journaling, prayer closet


Now, let me tell you I finally overcame my frowny-face sin, which was really more like a stronghold.  I looked up every scripture I could find to pray over this issue.  It took a few years, but I was finally victorious!  Thank you, Lord!

Perhaps you will consider using some type of symbol or private code word in your journal to keep things just between you and God?  The most important thing is to confess your faults to God; it doesn’t have to be showcased in your actual journal for anyone to see now or after you leave this world.  Using this simple method will enable you to enjoy the experience of journaling even when dealing with your sins.  You will be able to record your path back to wholeness.

You have placed our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your presence. – Psalm 90:8

Tomorrow, I will be sharing more from my experiences in prayer journaling.

I am participating in The Nester’s 31 Days of Writing.  You can go here to keep up with my 31 day feature on structured 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.


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