October 14 Starting a Prayer Journal

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Key Verse: Psalm 48:9

We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, in the midst of Your temple.

Have you ever considered the value of keeping a prayer journal? It’s a record of your prayer relationship with God so that you can remember what you talked about with Him.

It works in this way. After you pray, write in a small notebook what you have said, along with the date. As God answers a particular item, draw a single line through the request, so that you can still read it, and put the date of the answer at the end of the line. When you review the journal, you can rejoice at His provision. You will be able to say, “God loves me. He is interested in me. I am growing in my faith, and He is working in my life.”

What a thrill it is to trace His involvement and see your spiritual growth unfold as you trust Him, releasing all of your worries and problems to Him. As you pour out your heart to Him, you feel His tender care.

In addition, prayer is a purification process. God changes more than just your outlook on external things; He opens your eyes to aspects of your behavior and attitude that were not obvious before. As you respond to His conviction and make the appropriate changes through His strength, your character is molded more and more into the likeness of Jesus.

A prayer journal will help you observe and chronicle this process for yourself and others.

Lord, I cherish the ways You’ve answered me in the past. Thank You for loving me and working in my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 301). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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