Why do you prayer journal?
What makes you so committed to this prayer discipline?
What keeps you coming back to it?
I’ll admit right now that I am addicted to prayer journaling. I cannot NOT do it. There is also a biblical reason for why I prayer journal.
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. 1 Peter 4:7
I had been doing structured prayer journaling for quite a while when I ran across this scripture, and it so resonated with me, that I held on to it. I have included it on every page of my prayer journaling worksheets to remind me of my journaling’s true purpose.
This verse gives me 3 parts to my journal’s purpose statement:
- It reinforces my sense of urgency in recording my prayers. Peter was right when he said that every matter will have a conclusion, and we must get busy praying over them
- It reinforces my commitment to prayer. The things we take to the Lord are precious and serious. If I did not prayer journal, I would personally feel as if I am not taking this spiritual discipline seriously. This may not be true for everyone so no judgment, but for me it is imperative that I journal through my prayers.
- It reinforces my discipline for an effective prayer life. My structured prayer journal directs my prayers; otherwise, I may ramble onto into oblivion, or sleep. This discipline gives me a clear mind so that I can pray.
It is these questions that compel me to carry on in structured prayer journaling. This is no passing phase for me. What about you?
Does your prayer journal have a purpose statement or inspiring scripture that keeps you on track?
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.