Prayer Tips

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The term “prayer mapping” is used in multiple ways.  Some use it to describe a literal mapping process that is being used to pray over geographical areas.  There is also a method of intercession that claims this title. And I even found a personal prayer mapping method used to deal with our private struggles.  With that being said, please know that I am using this term very loosely.

It is simply a term that came to my mind as I looked at my own Prayer Closet Organizer a couple of weeks ago.  My Organizer is located inside the pages of Organizing Your Prayer Closet (Abingdon Press) and is a structured prayer journal.  Here is a snapshot below.

Prayer Journal Mapping


As I hope you can see, I have drawn a lot of arrows all over my page, which was mainly dealing with just one of the things on my prayer list (Prayer Petitions column).  It was a crazy week and I was just trying to make sense of it all.

I must say that it does not always happen this way.  I don’t usually sense what all God is doing all in one week in any matter; I typically capture His hand-print over a few weeks’ worth of journaling pages—showing me, leading me. But, this past week was unique, expedient and greatly appreciated to have been all captured at once.

I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me…, Habakkuk 2:1

If you do not have a prayer journal like mine, which by the way is a real shame, you can still take something that you are praying over and write it in the middle of a blank sheet of paper.

In the top left corner, write the word, Scriptures.  This is where you will write down any scriptures that you believe God is speaking to you about this issue.

In the top right corner, write the word, Impressions.  Here, record any impressions you believe the Holy Spirit is giving you regarding this one thing.

In the bottom left corner, write the word, Visual. Make note here of everything you are seeing in the physical realm.

In the bottom right corner, write the word, Answer.  This is where you will state what you believe to be God’s final say.

In the end, you should be able to clearly see how God is leading you through your issue to resolution with this method of prayer mapping.


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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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  1. Love this comprehensive way to go deep in prayer about something specific. I’ve pinned this to my bible study board on Pintrest and will pass it along. Linking with you at Testimony Tuesday.

  2. This is wonderful and speaks to the admin organiser in me – before I’d even finished reading I was grabbing for paper and coloured pens. What a great idea to really be able to see in one place God’s leading – I am using this right now 🙂

  3. Gina, I am always so blessed when I stop by your blog. Thank you for this great tip. And thank you for stopping by my blog and for linking up with Woman to Woman. God bless!

  4. I love this idea. I’ve long kept a prayer journal, but it’s more of a simple list or sometimes a few written prayers. I like the way prayer mapping is interactive and visual. I’ll definitely be trying this in my quiet time. Thanks!

  5. Hi Gina, I have never thought of prayer mapping method. Looks like another journal for prayers. “Is that what organizing your prayer closet” is about?
    I am glad I visited you here.
    God Bless.

    1. Hi, Ifeoma! Organizing Your Prayer Closet is about structured prayer journaling. I am a visual person so I like to try various methods for my prayer life. The structured prayer journal inside my book, is the format you see in my picture. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Hi Gina! Stopping in today from Suzie’s Live Free Thursday. Love the idea of prayer mapping. I have been using Mind Mapping for a few years, and I’m such a visual person! Prayer mapping is something I’m going to try!

  7. I really love this structure of prayer journaling, Gina, so glad I got to read this today. I especially love that you include the scriptures that apply… bathing our prayer life in scripture is one of the most powerful things we could ever do… but it can be easy to let that aspect slide. This makes us engage with the scripture and pay it true attention.
    I find that exciting! Great tip 🙂

  8. Gina, I’ve never had a suggestion to organize a prayer journal like this. But I love it! Seems like that would really help “connect the dots” of what God is doing and showing me in my prayer walk! Excited to try this.

    1. Yes. It really helps you see what God is doing in an organized format. I tell people that it is like bringing things from spiritual realm into our visual presence where we can see the hand of God moving. It is very exciting.

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