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Grow a Spiritual Habit Through Prayer Journaling
Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God and Angels? Prayer journaling gives you a tangible place to write down prayers, and explore and celebrate your spirituality.
In this blog, we’re exploring what a prayer journal is, choosing one that’s perfect for getting started, uncovering five writing prompts, and sharing additional inspiration. Read on to learn how prayer journaling can bring positivity into your life.
What is a Prayer Journal?
A prayer journal is a tangible place to handwrite prayers and letters to God and Angels. Some prayer journals can include inspirational bible verses on the pages, writing prompts, things you pray and hope for, and folders to include favorite mementos. Other prayer journals can have blank pages to maximize writing space and encourage focus and self-directed creativity.
Choosing a Prayer Journal
Prayer journals can be hardback, softcover, spiral-bound, sewn bound, or any other form. They can be any size or shape. They can be purchased, crafted, or upcycled.
But our favorites are a new collection of seven beautifully illustrated 8.5” x 11” softcover journals. Each can be customized with a name and over 500 possible combinations for size, color, paper options, and more.
Opening that first blank page can be daunting for those new to a journaling practice. So we’re including our favorite ways of getting started.
What time of day is best for you?
Journaling can be done any time of day but consistency is key. Do you have a few moments in the morning you can carve out for bible reflection and prayer? Or perhaps at lunchtime, you’re able to sneak away for a few moments of quiet reprieve? Or maybe right before bedtime, when everyone is winding down, is best for dedicating time to this practice.
What type of journaling do you want to try?
There are a few different ways to approach this, so we’re breaking down our top five:
The first way to get started is to dive into your bible and look for a key verse or verses to focus on. If you’re one to underline or highlight passages, take a look at some that you’ve previously marked. Next, reflect on them again and see how they apply to your life at this moment. Then, jot those verses down at the top of your page. Finally, use the rest of the page to fill your page with your prayers on how you can apply what you’ve learned.
A second approach to a prayer journal is connecting gratitude to prayer. First, each day, open a new page and add five bullets to the top half of your page. Then, list five things you’re grateful for today. Finally, use this list as a way to dive into a prayer of gratitude. Thank the Lord for all that He has given to you.
A third way to fill a prayer journal’s pages is to build faith and trust in God. In this style, first, you’ll use each page to fill the top half with “The Big 3.” This includes the top three worries or concerns you’re facing right now. Next, use the bottom half of the page to fill with bible verses and prayer to address those fears. The bible is filled with verses addressing life’s worries, so this is a great way to combat those with The Word.
A fourth approach is to use a combination of the three above and alternate each page with prayers and letters to God and Angels, gratitude, and reassurance. This is a fun way of encompassing several different reflections and types of prayers.
A final approach is to get those creative juices flowing and work through a few creative ideas to see what works best for you. Maybe your prayer journal includes beautiful hand-illustrated bible verses along with your prayers, or different colors for different sections. Maybe yours includes specific people in your life that you want to pray for or an “Answered Prayers” section for when God responds to what you’ve been diligent about.
Above all, prayer journaling is about connecting to and deepening your relationship with God. Finding whichever method works best for you is just part of that process.
Being Diligent and Involving Others
The other part of this process is making sure you’re being diligent. Add a recurring daily alarm to your phone and label it “Prayer Journaling.” This way, you can be sure that you aren’t skipping day after day by accident.
If you’re journaling first thing in the morning, set your prayer journal and a pen right on top of your phone to be sure you’re diving into that first before touching your phone.
This is a great opportunity to make our versatile journal designs a family habit. Gather them around your tablet or laptop and have them choose their favorite design. When both journals arrive in the mail, it’ll be a great way to continue the discussion on what prayer is, why to include prayer as a daily habit, and a few ideas for getting started.
Are you looking for some additional inspiration and resources to grow your prayer life and start new habits that stick?
Are you looking for some motivation for seriously shifting your prayer life into motion? If so, dive into the 2016 Christian Book of the Year, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer. Following alongside the movie War Room, this book delves into the nitty-gritty of creating and building a prayer life with intention and purpose.
“We pray because our own solutions don’t work and because prayer deploys, activates, and fortifies us against the attacks of the enemy. We pray because we’re serious about taking back the ground he has sought to take from us.”
― Priscilla Shirer, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer
If you’re looking into how to grow new habits, check out the New York Times #1 bestseller for 117 weeks in a row, as of the time this blog post was written. If you guessed it was Atomic Habits, you’re right! Author James Clear digs into biology, psychology, and neuroscience to uncover what makes good habits stick and bad habits fall away.
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
― James Clear, Atomic Habits
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