As I sit here this morning reflecting on my life, I realize that I have been serving God now for almost 12 years. It still seems unreal to me that He has been my strength for so many years.
In my earlier days as a Christian and a young mother, I found it hard to stop and pray, especially with two little ones under foot. When Robert and Kayla were small–they were rambunctious and always kept me on my toes. I asked a friend what to do as I was getting frustrated with not being able to have a special time of prayer for just me and God. Her suggestion? Start a prayer journal. I did just that and it has always worked well for me.
I grab my Bible and my notebook and the first thing I do is write down my prayer requests. Every single thing I want to pray about. This helps me to remember all the things that I want to pray for, PLUS when that prayer is answered, I can go back and write in the date that it was answered.
After I write down my prayer requests, then at the bottom, I write out my prayer. Now I do this for myself because I am better at writing out my thoughts than speaking them. Either way–God hears them. Someone once told me that I was wasting time writing my prayers in a prayer journal and I quit doing it. When I did–my prayer life suffered. It is just the way that I pray. And there is NOTHING wrong with it.
The really cool thing about writing in a prayer journal is that you can go back several years down the road and see just how much you have grown in Christ.
I finally threw all of my old journals out (due to space). I know, crazy right? I wish I would have kept them now, but before I threw them out I read all of them and was amazed at the transformation God was doing on my heart as a wife and mother.
I cannot count the endless entries of praying about homeschooling. I only fought God for 6 years on that! 🙂
I share all of this to say–find what works best for you. If writing your prayers helps you to be more disciplined to pray and spend time with God–then do it! There is nothing wrong with praying this way 🙂
Do you keep a prayer journal? How do you do yours? I would love to hear!