As you know, I keep a detailed prayer journal. But it’s really more than a prayer journal; it’s a rich devotional practice based on a lifetime of connecting with the Lord through simple and joyful practices in that journal. I thought I’d share my journaling secrets with you. Grab a pen and your journal and start recording these:
10 things you’re thankful for–or more. (1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”)
5 specific prayer requests for the day. (Psalm 5:3: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice. In the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”)
5 people you’re praying for who don’t yet know Jesus. (Matthew 4:19: “Follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.”)
The rest of my journaling time involves reading 5 Psalms (to record insights or promises from the Lord), the Proverb that matches the day (to record wisdom and admonition), and then wherever I’m reading in my Bible reading plan (Deuteronomy). The whole time, I’m asking the Holy Spirit to show me something new and teach me to help me become the person I’m supposed to be.
I also enjoy reading books to help me grow in my faith. I underline key passages and record these in my journal as well. You can drink coffee or eat your breakfast while you read to fill your mind with good things to help you keep in step with God’s spirit.
What a great start to each morning!