I consider myself a spiritual person, but just like everyone else, I struggle every now and then with keeping that spirituality on a 100. I’m big on keeping a strong personal relationship with God, but sometimes I find it so hard to pray. It’s almost like I have a brain block whenever I try.
I struggled with consistent praying a lot during my NYSC, and I came across a post that talked about having a prayer journal and doing a 30 day challenge with it, so I decided to give it a try. This challenge really worked wonders for me. It was a struggle to stay consistent for 30 days straight oh, but I did my best and made sure I wrote something, even if it was just one or two lines of thanks to God.
My prayer journal is like a diary filled with letters to God. I write them in a very personal tone, this makes it easy for me to express my thoughts and feelings. It really feels like I am writing letters to a friend. Whenever I start feeling anxious, I write in the journal and I always feel calm afterwards.
What I love about writing in a prayer journal
- It gives me clarity on the things that bother me and need to pray about.
- It helps me remember everything I need to pray about and even those I don’t realize I need to pray about (I usually write a list of prayer requests first and then start praying about them one after the other).
- I can easily track answered prayers. I go back and read something I prayed about and note how God answered that particular prayer. Seeing my prayers come to pass just makes me more in awe of God and his awesomeness.
What I don’t like about writing in a prayer journal? Writing can get tiring, and I tend to forget to write some days, but I cherish the times I don’t forget.
Writing in a prayer journal worked for me so well that I was thinking of producing\designing my own prayer journals complete with guides and stuff, but I got lazy. Maybe I’ll revisit the idea someday.
I still struggle with staying consistent, but whenever I feel heavy hearted and overwhelmed, I try my best to write it all down and pour out my heart to God.
Have you ever had a prayer journal? What was the experience like? If you haven’t, is it something you would try?
If you’re considering starting a prayer journal, I found these 10 prayer journal ideas online and they are really good. Check them out when you can!