Happy New Year and welcome to Powerful Prayer Tip Tuesday! Here is my tip for you:
As my watch was counting down the last few minutes of 2014, I was reviewing my structured prayer journal (The Prayer Closet Organizer inside my book Organizing Your Prayer Closet) And what I saw was – God. is. faithful.
In 2014 I logged 359 prayer requests.
God said Yes to 254 of them.
He said No to 28 of my petitions.
69 of them are still open or ongoing needs,
and I do not know how eight of them turned out.
I don’t won’t to focus too much on how many times God said Yes or No, but how often God answered my requests whether it was a Yes or a No. God is faithful. He is engaged in our lives even if we are not that engaged in Him.
If you are not quite sure if God answers any of your prayers, I can assure you that He does. I did not realize God was answering any of mine until I began journaling them and recording what He was doing. I have said this before and I will say it again – prayer journaling is like bringing things from the spiritual realm into our visual presence where we can physically see the hand of God moving in our life.
It’s all about discovery.
I can recall older generations of people whom were weary of new discoveries. Whether it was in space or other technology. If something went wrong, there was a sect of people who falsely believed that God was punishing them for getting too high and mighty, so to say. Have you experienced this???
But, I’ve never felt that way. I think God loves it when we discover something new about the way He intricately created the universe, our bodies, the seasons and other. It’s a great way for us to discover more about His wisdom and goodness. His intelligent design is beyond comparison!
When I prayer journal, it gives me this uncommon advantage into discovery. There may be some self-discovery, but it is more about the things I discover about God. I can see how His timing is always perfect. I can see how a No turned out to be my best Yes. I see Him loving me, guarding me and guiding me.[tweetthis]I see #God loving me, guarding me and guiding me #ShePrayerJournals[/tweetthis]
Do I think that my discoveries alienate God? Of course not. That would be as silly as the thought of God becoming annoyed by our further discoveries of His creation.
As a matter of fact, there are some scriptures where God prompts us to discover Him in Prayer. Here are a couple:
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and WATCH UNTO PRAYER. 1 Peter 4:7 King James Bible
Take heed, WATCH AND PRAY, for ye do not know when the time is: Mark 13:33 Darby Bible Translation
God is actually directing us to discover Him in prayer, and oh, how I love doing so through structured prayer journaling. He wants us to discover Him, but we must learn to see Him at work – I wrote a great post about getting a sneak peak of God at work here. As we pray, He wants us to watch what He does.
DARE TO DISCOVER – WATCH AND PRAY!
Here are some of my previous year-end messages about discovering God through 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. If you would like to schedule Gina to speak on prayer or host a prayer journaling workshop, click here for more information. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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