Since our current book – The Power of a Praying Wife – is all about prayer, this week I wanted to share this prayer journal with you. I’ve had a couple people ask me how I do my prayer journaling so here it is! Several months ago I found the idea of a two column prayer journal on Pinterest and I just loved it! I’ve used other methods of journaling my prayers and prayer requests, but this is the most organized way that I’ve found. I also love the fact that you are able to see how God is working in your life. For me, this helps me to be more specific with my prayers as well.
So here’s how I lay out my prayer journal:
A good friend of mine made these awesome journals and I was so excited to get mine so I could start using it! You can get your own here!
To make your two columns, simply draw a line down the center of your page. I’ve labeled my columns Prayer Request and Answer, but if you’ve got something more fun or creative that you like to label your journal with, let me know in the comments!
For those of you who’ve never used a two column prayer journal, here’s a few tips:
1. Be specific!
This may seem strange, but believe me it will be easier in the long run. It’s a whole lot easier to know when God has answered a specific prayer than a vague one. For example, you may be used to praying things like “God help my husband at work.” It’s great that you want that for your hubby and you’re asking for it, but when would you record the answer to that prayer? Instead try something like, “God please help my husband to get a new client this week.” or “God please give my husband wisdom to complete this big project at work.” It will be much easier for you to have a definite answer to those prayers. At first it may be hard to come up with super specific prayer since a lot of us are used to being rather general when we pray, but with time it will get easier.
2. Be Consistent
Like most things in life – spiritual or otherwise – consistency is key. It is important that you truly create the habit of regularly writing down your prayer requests if you want this to be a valuable tool. Try choosing a specific time each day to sit down with this journal and pray. I like to add 5 minutes to my morning quiet time to write down new prayer requests and answers to old ones. If you find some extra time during your day, you can pull this handy journal out and pray over all your unanswered prayer requests and thank God for the answers that He has given you.
3. Don’t get discouraged!
There will be times when it seems like your prayer request column is filling up quickly with very few answers to those prayers. That’s OK! Just remember that God is in control and He will graciously answer all of your prayers in His perfect timing.
Just remember, this is YOUR journal so use it in the way that works best for you!