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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.
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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