Purpose of the Prayer Journal
Writing in a prayer journal every day has helped me to draw nearer to God. My ability to discern God’s hand in and for my life has brought me a new awareness of where He wants me to be and has also given me the opportunity to intercede for others in a dedicated and personal way. Establishing a prayer journal routine is probably one of the most difficult aspects of daily writing along with the examination of the aspect of specific prayer needs. But the foremost desire of a prayer journal is to strengthen my relationship with God and stay close to Him.
As a new year approaches when many look to resolutions, The Prayer Journals begins a new series, “40 Prayer Journal Entries.” The significance of the number 40 appears 146 times in the Bible. Yet when I think of a biblical number 40, I am reminded most often of Matthew chapter 4 when Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and forty nights, he was hungry. The devil tries to tempt him several times but Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
The 40 Prayer Journal Entries is an eight-week series designed to exam certain words which describe emotions and actions that keep us from having the relationship with God. Each week five words will be posted with accompanying Bible verses. Each word will prompt you to journal your answers to a sample of questions:
What does this word mean to me?
How has the meaning of this word affected me?
How does this word keep me from realizing God’s promises?
What does God say about this emotion/action?
Why do I _________?
Don’t be surprised if the words posted flood you with many other questions and emotions. Pray for God’s voice and presence as you journal using the word prompts to examine your relationship with God and with others. Read God’s Word daily to help you in examining these word prompts. The Bible verses listed with each word prompt will help you get started writing and exploring God’s Word.
In preparation of The Prayer Journals, “40 Prayer Journal Entries,” read the book of Matthew.
Jesus taught us to pray
“This is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven,
let your name be kept holy.
10 Let your kingdom come.
Let your will be done on earth
as it is done in heaven.
11 Give us our daily bread today.
12 Forgive us as we forgive others.
13 Don’t allow us to be tempted.
Instead, rescue us from the evil one.[a]
14 “If you forgive the failures of others, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failures.
The Power of Prayer
7 “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone?10 Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake? 11 Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?
What it means to follow Jesus
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me. 25 Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me will find them. 26 What good will it do for people to win the whole world and lose their lives? Or what will a person give in exchange for life? 27 The Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory. Then he will pay back each person based on what that person has done. 28 I can guarantee this truth: Some people who are standing here will not die until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Jesus gives instructions to the disciples
16 The eleven disciples went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they bowed down in worship, though some had doubts.
18 When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.
“And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”
(All Scripture verses are from GOD’S WORD Translation of the Holy Bible.)
“40 Prayer Journal Entries”
Join me for this 8-week journal writing series beginning the week of November 6, 2016.
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