The greatest blessing I have experienced from writing daily in a prayer journal over the years is an increased awareness of God’s timing and direction in my life. I can look back over the years through my journals and see my circumstances in a different light. A light that shows God’s hand in the decisions I made when I was held in the constraint of my experiences until there was nothing left on the horizon but the love from God. Whatever was happening to me was happening to Him too. He took it all upon himself and I was held firmly in His grip.
All those instances have led me to be here at this moment when at times I am unable to discern the next step, I can now calmly say, “Whatever you want Lord, is what I want.” Prayer has been answered time and time again. The answers more often than not have been surprising as I reread those journal pages because God kept me from many things that were not in my best interest. On the other hand, there were answers that helped me learn to trust His timing. For example, I would have experienced His blessing sooner if I had just waited.
“We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without a doubt God will quickly respond.” A. W. Tozer, “The Pursuit of God”
It’s difficult to hand over control.
Yet, the more I would write to Him daily, over time I saw that leaving the consequences to Him turned out better not only for me but everyone around me. Not only did He replenish my spirit from the fountain of His Word and the Christian devotions I read every day, but I could see how my relationships were seeing positive benefits too. My decision making on the larger issues in my life was being made more confidently and with the assurance of the Holy Spirit.
“Whatever you want God to bless in your life put Him first in that area. God always honors the areas where you put Him first.” Daily Hope with Rick Warren
In addition to making better decisions, I have learned to intently listen for God’s instruction. Times when I would have jumped into action or accepted what I thought was an opportunity if I didn’t act quickly, I resisted knowing that God was at work here. I was learning to trust Him and not let worry and anxiety overwhelm me.
“All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.” Oswald Chambers
I am still learning so many things from my prayer journaling. A bonus has been that I am now able to forgive more easily and allow God to handle hurtful situations. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b
“The Will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” Billy Graham
Sorry if I am repeating myself from prior posts, but some who are new are asking how to get started with their prayer journals:
1) Read God’s Word every day. I recommend studying the Bible using one that is formatted for reading the Bible in one year for journaling purposes. Learn Scripture and journal Bible verses that resonate with your present circumstance.
2) God knew you before you were born. He wants you to get to know Him. I recommend reading daily devotions either in print or online – http://www.crosswalk.com is a place to start. Daily devotions help you not only to understand scripture better but also how God is working in the lives of others.
3) Find that quiet space and time. And just listen. Breathe. Ask Him to help you feel His presence as you pray and as your journal.
Praying the Scriptures:
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Lord, Give me faith that conquers all doubts.
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1: 16-17
Lord, I want to live by faith. Help me to know You better and so I may feel your presence in my life.
“If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord. (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed.” James 5:13-16
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