How To Pray Using A Prayer Journal
Praying with the Help of a Prayer Journal
A Prayer Journal is basically a self help book you put together to help you better navigate through a prayer time.
It is great to have record of requests and then their answers as you see them unfold.
How you approach prayer will help you decide on what you might want to make note of in your book.
I have a few suggestions:
1) First few pages; start with a base from scripture that speaks to you, something that stirs your faith to rise up. Put the verse(s) on the first page.
Next add some expectations, dreams, desires, prophetic words or insights from the Lord, that you would like to see come to pass, or things you sense you should be praying about for yourself specifically or family. Keep this part personal.
These are the pages that will start your prayer time and help you get into the groove.
2) Next add your immediate family,(if married husband/wife) each by name, then add siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and their families. (You can generalise or add all names, it's up to you)
Without going any further you have a basis from which to begin your praying.
3) Add your Pastor(s) /Minister(s) /Priest(s) and their family to the list.
4) Generalise the church family that you are a part of and any special needs for the church that are relevant at this particular time. (Building fund, Concerts, Special Guests, etc this will change weekly)
5) Next, does your church have Missionaries that they sponsor in different countries?
6) Add local government officials, Mayor, City council, Police and fire dept. Are there needs within the city, town, community, schools locally.
7) State government, and President, Provincial Premiers and Prime Minister and the ruling parties.
Up to this point you have a whole lot of needs right in front of you, that have been categorized and from this list you can decide with the help of Holy Spirit what are the priorities for each individual day.
Daily you will write out the highlights for that days prayer focus.
Where to start: (I'm assuming you are committed to prayer)
Decide on a time of day and try to stick with that time.
If you are a stay at home person, you have more freedom for time choice, but be consistent. If you have young children try to get them involved and make it fun, but don't expect them to sit around with you if you go too long.
If it means getting up a little earlier then do it.
Don't make your time a burden for others.
Teach yourself how to pray as you go about other tasks, housework, shopping, driving to work if you commute etc.
Paul says in 1Thes.5.16-18... to Pray without ceasing NKJV
Ok, so now you are committed. What next?
Start with the scripture(s) you wrote on the first page and invite the Lord to come, invite Holy Spirit to help your spirit be strengthened to hear and know what you should pray for today.
Now pray for your family and their needs, until you sense it's enough.
Look down your list and let Holy Spirit highlight your pastor, church family, a name may pop in your head, or you might remember a special need, illness or whatever. Pray these through.
Continue down your list again letting things be highlighted until you sense its enough.
At first this might take some time if you are not used to being structured.
Relax if you spend more time on one area more than another, but at the same time note any distractions in your thoughts, because they will happen. Everything and anything will start coming through your mind until you learn to shut them out.
Concentration and focus might be a huge challenge for you. Press on.
Once you have prayed through, go back to the expectation, dream, special personal list, and remind the Lord of what he might have spoken to you or things that you would really like to see happen that seem almost impossible.
That missions trip, conference, vacation, family need, or personal journey that you've been longing for from God.
As you pray remind God of his goodness, mercy, love, patience, kindness; all the attributes that make him such a great God and saviour.
Familiarize yourself with prayers from the Bible and get an understanding of why God answered and how God answered.
This is a very basic start for anyone who wants to enhance their prayer time and see how God will intervene.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Eph.1.17-23
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