I’m working on a prayer journal system that will hopefully be a tool in keeping me organized and on task in my quiet time. Right now, it’s a tool, but also a project, as I am in the process of tweaking it to make it function for me. You might remember that last year, I began putting a little prayer journal together for the sake of memorizing the creed and rosary. I did a series on prayer that included some of the insights the Lord gave me while putting it together, and I’m thinking this is going to be a similar series by the time we finish with it.
Last year, a dear friend sent me a little journal, which had remained empty and unused until last week. I’ve put it to use as my Beta version, and when I pick it up, I remember her in my prayers. (She is one that I thank God for in my Thanksgiving…as well as one I intercede for in my supplication) …but I’m getting ahead of myself. By the way, I LOVE how God made this journal with sunflowers! It’s like my prayer life has a theme…and seeing sunflowers reminds me to pray. How great is He!?
I started putting my journal together by following the ACTS model of prayer, that is, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. As I continued it kind of morphed into what I call ACT before you ASK. I don’t know about you, but if I’m don’t deliberately make myself focus, my prayer time can sound whiny, and childish. I do not want my prayer life to be marked by this. I want my prayer time to be intentional, where I focus on the Lord and my heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude and praise for Him, and marked by faith and trust.
I divided my journal into six sections as such:
Adoration – Where I record the names and attributes of God that I collect as I go.
Contrition/Confession- Where I spend time in self-examination and confess the sins that the Holy Spirit reveals to my spirit.
Thanksgiving – Where I remember to thank the Lord for what He is accomplishing in my life.
Application – Where I record my God whispers…times when the rubber meets the road…those little (or big) things that jump out at me in my daily Bible reading, prayer, or personal interactions with others.
Supplication – Where I keep a record of people that I pray for on a regular basis.
Knowledge – Where I keep a record of portions of Scripture and Bible truths that I have committed to memory and know by heart.
My daily quiet time follows this model pretty closely, with my daily Bible reading fitting right between the two acronyms. I think I’ll make a separate post for each of my sections so I can show you better how I put this system to work for me. I haven’t completely made up my mind whether I will prefer a bound journal, like the one I’m using right now, or if I will eventually move to a 3 ring binder system. I can see benefits and downsides to both, and I may eventually use a combination of both. It is providing me with more opportunity to create, and draw, and color. For now, my dividers are homemade, laminated bookmarks that fit the book. Each divider has prompts that keep me on track, and the cool thing about them is, if I don’t want to take my whole journal with me, but need the prompts, I can remove them from the journal, put them in my Bible, or purse, or whatever I’m carrying, and tote them along with me to use as needed.
More to come…