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 a close relationship with God. Each week we will examine five new words with accompanying Bible verses. These five words and Bible verses will be prompts for you to write about your own feelings, responses, and prayers surrounding these words and verses.
“Prayer doesn’t change God; it changes me.” ~ C.S. Lewis
As we mark the half way mark in this 8-week series, let’s stop for a moment and examine our prayer journal journey.
What changes have you seen or felt since beginning your prayer journal?
Has it become a daily habit? Why or why not?
Has writing in a prayer journal brought you closer in your relationship with God? If not, why?
Do you feel His presence? How?
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1
Some days may be rushed or you may be feeling just too tired to pick up the pen. I understand fully. God understands too. All relationships take work even with drawing closer in our relationship to God, but one thing I hope you will come to understand through trying to make a daily habit of a prayer journal is feeling God’s presence and guidance in your life.
“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard and will receive what they have asked and desired.” Martin Luther
If there is any power or surety in our prayer is to know we really have come into His presence. Allow your address to God sink deep into your heart in that quiet space wherever you may be sitting or kneeling… and begin writing again.
“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6
Here are this week’s five words.
“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.” Rick Warren
“I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think. However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far.” Philippians 3:14-16
“This Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“Obey God one step at a time, then the next step will come into view.” Catherine Marshall
“We are trying not so much to make God listen to us as to make ourselves listen to him; we are trying not to persuade God to do what we want, but to find out what He wants us to do.” William Barclay
Jesus speaks to Peter
After they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the other disciples do?”
Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus told him, “Feed my lambs.”
Jesus asked him again, a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus told him, “Take care of my sheep.”
Jesus asked him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter felt sad because Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” So Peter said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus told him, “Feed my sheep. I can guarantee this truth: When you were young, you would get ready to go where you wanted. But when you’re old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will get you ready to take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to show by what kind of death Peter would bring glory to God. After saying this, Jesus told Peter, “Follow me!”
Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved. That disciple was following them. He was the one who leaned against Jesus’ chest at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to Peter, “If I want him to live until I come again, how does that concern you? Follow me!” So a rumor that that disciple wouldn’t die spread among Jesus’ followers. But Jesus didn’t say that he wouldn’t die. What Jesus said was, “If I want him to live until I come again, how does that concern you?” John 21:17-23
“The man or woman who is compelled by Jesus’ love and empowered by His Spirit does the will of God from the heart.” F.F. Bruce
“We know that our reward depends not on the job itself but on the faithfulness with which we serve God.” John Paul I
“If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful. But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin. If we say, “We aren’t sinful” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.” 1 John 1:6-9
“God loves each of us as if there was only one of us.” St. Augustine
“This is a statement that can be trusted and deserves complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the foremost sinner. However, I was treated with mercy so that Christ Jesus could use me, the foremost sinner, to demonstrate his patience. This patience serves as an example for those who would believe in him and live forever. Worship and glory belong forever to the eternal king, the immortal, invisible, and only God. Amen.” 1 Timothy 15-17
“God hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you.” Thomas Brooks
“The LORD gives wisdom. From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He has reserved priceless wisdom for decent people. He is a shield for those who walk in integrity in order to guard those on paths of justice and to watch over the way of his godly ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair— every good course in life. Wisdom will come into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Foresight will protect you. Understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2:6-11
My personal prayer for you
God, thank you for interacting with us so personally. Help each of us to fully engage in our relationship with you. We do not always have the words but we know you see into our hearts. Help us to draw closer to you as you draw nearer to us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Make this prayer your own and feel God’s presence in your life. I trust He will make himself known to you.
What do this week’s five words mean to you? As you continue to make your prayer journal a daily habit, pray upon your motivation in beginning your prayer journal and your expectations as you move through your own journal writing experience.
“In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without heart.” John Bunyan
Continue to read and re-read the book of Matthew throughout the 8-week series to understand the heart of Jesus Christ. Biblegateway.com or Bible.com are both excellent online resources. On their home page, search any word for Bible verses containing the word. Keep writing your way through whatever has brought you to draw closer to Him.
May I pray for you?
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Blessings on your day!
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