Wake. Pray. Slay.

There was time in my Christian life where I spent very little of my time in prayer. How can we claim to be Christian, if we do not talk to the one we claim to serve?… Faith is not easy. It’s not easy to kneel down in the middle of your empty bedroom and talk aloud (or in your head) to a God you have never experienced for a short or extended period of time. However, every relationship has to begin somewhere right? And relationships usually begin with a simple ‘Hello, how are you?’ That’s exactly how we can approach our relationship with God.

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So how did my prayer life develop? My prayer journal!

This resource encourages me to pray. Being able to write instead of speak aloud or in my head gives me greater clarity regarding what I really want God to hear. My prayer journal helps me to focus for longer than a few minutes when speaking to God, it removes the temptation of allowing my mind to wander. And best of all, my prayer journals allow me to look back and see exactly how God has answered my prayers and the ways and people he has used to answer those prayers. I love to read through old journals and observe how I’ve matured spiritually.

What do I write in my prayer journal?

  • Petitions: i.e. things I need and want.  I enjoy praying for others also (I do realise the world does not revolve around me). I often have a friend or family member who are on my mind and whom I feel compelled to pray for.
  • Thanks and adoration: yes even God deserves thanks. Imagine being in a relationship where a friend simply asked you for things, but never thanked you or showed any appreciation when you granted their wishes.
  • Grateful list: As mentioned in Feeling Blue? I like to write a list of things that I am grateful for, it stops me from getting caught up in anything negative I may be feeling. Just ensuring that I don’t magnify my problems and forget about my blessings.

I love the prayer journals by Ellie Claire, they’re beautifully designed and have encouraging bible verses and quotes inside.  They also make excellent gifts. However, there are plenty of other options. Your prayer journal can simple as a notepad, as long as you have something you can record the date in and write to your hearts’ content.

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Ellie Claire prayer journals

If your aim this 2017 is to develop your prayer life, I suggest you purchase a journal and set a time in which to write in it. Morning or just before I go to sleep work best for me. But ensure you choose a set time and actually stick to it. Be consistent! Try to make writing in your prayer journal as natural as brushing your teeth before you leave your house. Just trust that prayer really does change things. When things go wrong people naturally want to turn to God. Ensure you have a relationship with God before that happens, because during the down times you’ll have the assurance that God will always be able to change your situation or give you peace through your trials.

‘To every sincere prayer an answer will come. It may not come just as you desire, or at the time you look for it; but it will come in the way and at the time that will best meet your need. The prayers you offer in loneliness, in weariness, in trial, God answers, not always according to your expectations, but always for your good.’ {Pr 7.3}

 

 

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