Do you ever tell people that you will pray for them, and then you don't follow through with those promises?
I first started writing in a prayer journal, when I realized how many times I would tell people, "I'll keep you in my prayers!", but then I didn't. I had good intentions, but did not act on them.
Prayer is conversation with God. It is how we communicate with Him. A strong prayer life is vital to the Christian walk.
How to Pray
1.) Asking prayers - praying with specific requests to God.
2.) Thanking prayers -thanking God for the blessings he has given.
3.) Praising - giving praise and adoration to the Lord.
4.) Confessional -prayers for forgiveness.
5.) Conversational -just talking to God about whatever is going on in your life.
Tell God your thoughts, your worries, or what ever comes to mind. There is no prayer too big or too small for Him.The most important thing is that you are devoting time to God. He knows your heart already. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you pray.
"I can just imagine Satan gathering all the demons in hell and discussing what they can do to destroy Christians. And Satan says, 'Keep them from praying. Because no matter what else they do, if they don't pray, we can beat them every time. But if they learn how to pray, they'll beat us every time. Keep them from praying.'"
Dr. Sidlow Baxter
What is a Prayer Journal?
A Prayer Journal is a notebook or binder that you can use to regularly write down your prayers.
It helps you:
1.) Follow through on those prayer promises that you make to people.
2.) Organize your prayers and put more thought into them.
3.) Encourages you to set time aside each day to intentionally pray to God.
4.)The best part is that it gives you a record of your prayers. It is amazing to go back later and see how God answers them!
Creating Your Prayer Journal
There are many ways to make a prayer journal. Personalize it to what works best for you.
Examples of Who to Pray For:
Purchase a prayer journal. Both Dayspring and Brownlow have excellent selections.
Electronic journal - There are many prayer journal apps available for your electronic devices.
Begin writing your prayer journal today and enjoy having a deeper and more personal relationship with Christ!
"I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me."