How To Boost Your Prayer Life With A Prayer Notebook

Prayer notebook

 

What should I cook for dinner today? Did I remember to turn off the flatiron? Just some of the many thoughts that always seem to pop up in my head as I try to have a one on one talk with God.

Do you find that you struggle with finding just the right words to say when it comes time to pray?

You see your fellow friends praying eloquent prayers and you wonder, where do you even begin.

How does one pray with confidence?

Can you identify?

My prayers just always got interrupted by my to do list or I completely went blank with what to say.

Over the years, my prayer life has grown immensely and much of that I attribute to prayer journaling. Journaling for me has always been an outlet. Whenever I felt sad, or angry, whatever emotions I was going through, my journal provided the outlet for me to express my self best. What I like most about composing my prayers in a prayer notebook however is being able to look back and reflect on past prayers and see how God has truly been working in my life through answered prayers.

A prayer notebook became the solution to a more vibrant prayer life.

 

 

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What is a Prayer Notebook?

The term sounds fancy, but think of your prayer journal or prayer notebook as a diary of sorts where you can reflect on what God has and is doing in your life and keep track of individuals or situations that you are praying for. You express your thoughts through words documented in a notebook.

Some persons write out their prayers in point format while others write full length prayers. The format for your prayer notebook is totally up to you. Personally, I generally write full-length prayers, I view them as my heart felt love letters to God. Some persons create a weekly prayer journal, a family prayer journal or even a monthly prayer journal. You could journal your thoughts from your daily reading as a prayer or on a monthly basis make note and reflect on what God is doing in your life through answered prayers.

 

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 N.I.V

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What Is The Purpose of a Prayer Journal?

Journaling in a prayer notebook is a creative way of connecting with God in prayer. If you are new to the concept, you might be a bit skeptical so here are 5 incredible benefits you can achieve by getting started with a prayer notebook and developing a prayer log.

 

A Prayer Notebook Keeps You Focused

Back in the day, I found it hard to stay focused while praying. During prayer my mind would wander off to the list of things I needed to accomplish for that day.

 

Don’t be shaking your head, I am sure I am not the only one.

 

I find it way easier to concentrate when I write my thoughts down than when I try to speak them aloud. If focusing is a problem area for you, journaling your prayers may be the solution to helping you to concentrate on what you wish to communicate to God.

A Prayer Notebook Keeps Track of Answered Prayers

There is a popular expression that says, “God is Good, All the time and all the time God is Good”. While we know this to be true, do you sometimes struggle with recalling the instances of God coming through for you? I recently went back home to my childhood home where I had the pleasure of reading my diary. It was rather intriguing to take a walk down memory lane and recall all the memories and experiences I had that helped to shape who I am today.

 

It’s the same with a prayer journal. By writing down your prayers, you can look back from time to time and see the goodness of God. It shows your struggles, your growth, and you can clearly see the situations God has worked out for the best for you.  The documentation of your prayer journey can help to reaffirm your faith during times when you might be going through storms in your life. It can also help to remind you of encounters that you can share with others about what God is doing in your life.

A Prayer Notebook Can Help You Keep Track of Your Prayer List

We all have a list of people, things and situations that we are praying about. How many times have you told someone that you would pray for them and then totally forgot? I know I am guilty and you probably are too.

 

Utilizing a prayer journal can ensure that you don’t forget to uphold your promise. You can easily add them to your prayer notebook and have that be a constant reminder of who you need to pray for. This comes in really handy if you struggle daily with knowing what to pray about. You even use it to keep track of Bible verses to pray over your children.

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A Prayer Notebook Can Enhance Your Devotional Time

Having a daily devotional or Bible reading plan goes well with a prayer journal. A prayer journal is a great place to record your takeaways from that passage or devotional and then add the practical application in prayer. For example, let’s say you read a passage about wisdom. While writing your prayer, you can reflect on the passage you read and pray to God to give you wisdom to make decisions that are pleasing to him.

A Prayer Notebook Can Help You Develop A Consistent Prayer Life

Utilizing a prayer journal may help you be more consistent with your prayer life. Your journal acts as a visual cue reminding you to pray and the daily routine of writing helps you to form a habit.

When you rise in the mornings, brew your tea or coffee. Find a comfy spot to reflect on Gods words, and finish off by writing in your prayer journal or prayer notebook.

 

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How To Keep A Prayer Notebook

For my prayer journal, I simply picked up a cute notebook that I found at my local Dollarama. Personally, I don’t fancy prayer binders or large notebooks as I want the flexibility of being able to carry it around with me whenever I travel.

 

You could do the same or create a prayer binder using cute printable prayer journal online, or go a bit fancier and purchase an actual prayer journal. Designated prayer journals usually have an inspirational cover as well as scripture prompts on pages throughout the book. Here are some examples of prayer notebooks.

 

Prayer Journal for Women: 52 Week Scripture, Devotional & Guided Prayer Journal

This prayer journal includes: scripture verses, reflections on the Word, and journaling prompts to guide your walk with God and strengthen your faith. Verses are organized thematically: Love & Inner Beauty • Provision & Faithfulness • God’s Love • Adversity & Trials • Awe & Sovereignty • Strength Through Faith • Fear • Grace & Forgiveness

Each week includes:

  • Scripture – An inspiring Bible verse to reflect and meditate on throughout your week, giving you time to memorize the verse and ingrain it into your heart and soul.
  • Reflect – A “Reflect” page with thoughts and questions prompted by the weekly Scripture verse, along with space to record your own thoughts and responses.
  • Journal – Two full pages to journal your praise for God, your prayer requests, the things on your heart, and how you wish to be taught and guided, as well as a Bible verse about the power of prayer.
  • Answered Prayers – A tracker with space to record your prayers, so you can see how God moves in your life throughout the course of a year.
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My Prayer Journal: A 3 Month Guide To Prayer, Praise and Thanks: Modern Calligraphy and Lettering

 

My Prayer Journal: A 3 Month Guide to Prayer, Praise and ThanksThis beautiful prayer journal contains 3 months of pages to take notes and reflect on your relationship with Christ. Printed on high quality stock and sized at 8 x 10, it is perfect for both travel and fitting right on your bedside table. Whether it’s for group Bible Study or personal worship, this prayer journal is the perfect tool to build a stronger relationship with Christ!

 

 

A Lifestyle of Prayer – Prayer Guide

A Lifestyle of Prayer - Prayer Guide

 

This Prayer Guide, includes scripture and content to strengthen your prayer life, along with pages for journaling. It makes an encouraging gift to those who desire to draw close to God through a lifestyle of prayer.

 

 

 

 

Prayer Notebook Accessories

Once you have your notebook handy, all you really need is a pen or pencil.

I like the idea of  incorporating stickers and washi tape to my prayer entry.

Stickers and Washii Tape is perfect for those who aren’t very artistic but want to further add artistic elements to further express your thoughts.

The following are some additional prayer notebook resources if you are interested in learning how to make a DIY homemade prayer journal or want further inspiration on developing a sample prayer journal entry.

 

Would you try prayer journaling in a prayer notebook? Why or Why Not?

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Donna Miller
    October 21, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    This is beautiful Shanique! I also struggle when I’m praying to stay focused. Oswald Chambers had a devotion about that in “My Utmost for His Highest” that I read many years ago (when I was a new Christian) and I thought that was definitely me! I think alot of people struggle with that. I really need to start writing down all the prayer requests I receive in one book so I can go back and write the date of answer or breakthrough. Beautiful Blog and beautiful post sweet Sister. ❤❤❤

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      October 23, 2019 at 1:33 am

      Thanks Donna! Adding that book to my list of prayer books to check out.

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    Fleda Bennie
    October 21, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    My late husband kept prayer journals and after his death, they were and are very precious to me. To see his heart for God and remember what a wonderful pastor, friend and husband he was makes them even more special. Thank you for the post – it’s wonderful and I’m ordering stickers! Lol.

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      Rock Solid Faith
      October 23, 2019 at 1:25 am

      Thanks Fleda, that’s so touching. I hadn’t considered using a prayer notebook in that way. A lovely keepsake for your kids or spouse to really look back and see how God has been working in your life.

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    Aryn the Libraryan
    October 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I love the idea of a prayer notebook! I may need to buy one to get started with. I have a Trello board set up, but I’m having a hard time getting into the routine!

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      October 23, 2019 at 1:11 am

      A Trello board sounds intriguing. Do you just use it to keep track of persons you are praying for or your prayer list?

  • Reply
    Angie Cleary
    October 22, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Shanique, I love these ideas for boosting your prayer life with a prayer notebook. I rely too much on a prayer app on my phone. I believe going back to the old fashioned way would be much more beneficial. Great post

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      October 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

      I like the idea of when I use a prayer notebook to be able look back and see my journey, which is why I prefer it over a prayer app. Which prayer app do you use?

  • Reply
    LeeAnn Fox
    October 28, 2019 at 1:13 am

    These ideas and this whole article is stellar! Great work!

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      October 28, 2019 at 1:48 am

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out these prayer journals.

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