Prayer Journals

Did you know you can write your prayers? You can keep a prayer journal.

You don’t have to try to write anything formal. I know that in some religions, prayers are ritualistic and memorized.

It can be more informal, as if you are talking to God on paper; sort of like writing a letter.

On a bad day, you could write something like, “Today, I am having a bad day, Lord.”

And then explain why it is such a bad day, and what your hopes are for improving it or surviving it. Ask God to give you strength.

It might take more time than rattling off a verbal or thought form prayer, but the process of slowing down, may actually help you connect with God and your spiritual side.

Remember, God doesn’t give us everything we want, but usually the things we need. Writing will help you slow down and focus in on what it is that you need so that you are forming a more effective prayer.

In times of extreme distress, it can be hard to find the words for prayer. This method of prayer will help you put words to your prayer.

Just imagine going back later and reading your entries and seeing your own spiritual growth. What a blessing it would be to read what you had asked for and then realize what you received. Sometimes people forget that they asked and don’t stop to notice when their wish has been granted.
Reading back over a spiritual prayer journal would allow you to take stock of your life and realize what you have been given over time and how blessed you are. Then you could write down your thankfulness. People tend to forget to give thanks in prayer.

Remember, there is not just one proper way to communicate with God.

Writing down your prayers at regularly scheduled times is a good practice. Couples schedule time for their relationships so how much better would it be to schedule time to talk to God?

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