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Pen and Paper: The Pathway to a Deeper Prayer Life

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

As a Christian, prayer is an essential part of my relationship with God. It's a time to pour out my heart, seek His guidance, and deepen my faith.

Have you ever considered taking your prayer life to the next level by adding a journaling practice into your life?

Journaling can be a powerful tool to enhance your spiritual journey and help you grow closer to God. Here are just a few inspiring benefits of adding a journaling practice into your Christian prayer life.

1. Connects you with God on a deeper level

Journaling is a beautiful way to connect with God on a deeper level. As you write down your thoughts and prayers, you can feel God's presence in a profound way. It's a time to slow down, listen to His voice, and reflect on His goodness. Journaling can help you develop a deeper intimacy with God. Whenever I begin writing my prayers I write it as a letter to Jesus. It begins with a simple "Dear Jesus,"

Actionable Ways to Implement This:

  • Set up a time where you can connect with God on a deeper level and schedule it in your planner.

  • Create a practice of prayer by finding a quiet place. Ask Jesus into your Bible study time and for him to show you what he wants to teach you. Maybe play some worship music and meditate on his word. Open up your prayer journal and begin writing your thoughts in a pray-like format to Jesus. Try aim to do this daily.

  • Give writing "Dear Jesus," at the top of each entry a try! I really feel like I'm growing in my relationship with him more every time I write in it.

2. Helps you see God's hand in your life

Sometimes in life it can feel a little draining and it can also be hard to see God moving in your life if you aren't talking to him, marinating in his word, or building a relationship with him. It's just like your best friend... if you didn't spend time together often or talk at all, your relationship might not be doing as good as it should.

And so journaling is a powerful way to see God's hand in your life especially if you write it like a letter to him.

When you look back on your journal entries, you can see how God has been working in your life, where He's answered your prayers, and guided you. You can see how He has brought you through difficult times and given you strength to overcome challenges. This can be a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and love.

Actionable Ways to Implement This:

  • Make a habit of paging back through your prayer journal at the end of every month. Maybe set it aside as a form of a "Life Planning" meeting with the Lord. Use this time to look over the prayers he's answered, things you're still praying about, and the things you have going on moving forward.

  • In your prayer journal, think about making a list of days at the beginning of each month. Then each day write down something your grateful for/something God is teaching you. At the end of the month go over this as well. It'll really help you see how God is moving in your life.

  • Once a month/whenever you feel like it reach out to family and friends and ask how you might pray for them. Write this in your journal too. But moving on, check in with your friends and family about it later and ask them how they are doing with that. First of all, this will help you see how God is moving in their lives, yours, and is also a form of ministry.

3. Encourages gratitude

This kind of journaling also encourages gratitude as I mentioned in the prior paragraph. When we take the time to reflect on our blessings and write these down, it helps us cultivate a heart of gratitude--which is so important. It helps you have a better outlook on life too.

It's a time to focus on what we have instead of what we lack. Gratitude can lead to a more joyful and contented life. I feel like gratitude is a wonderful faith builder.

Actionable Ways to Implement This:

  • At the beginning of the month, make a list of all the people you are thankful/grateful for. Every week choose one person from this list and pray for them that week. Write a note/card to them and send it to them. Tell them you've been praying for them and include Bible verses. I would love it if I got a heart-felt and spirit-filled card/note like that. It's a great way to encourage others.

  • Write a Thank You note to God. Imagine you are writing a thank you note to Jesus. Express your gratitude in a heart-felt way. Take time to really focus and reflect on how you feel.

  • Try implement a time of prayer/petition in your prayer journal, but also try include a time of gratitude/reflection on the good that God has been doing in your life. After you've written your thoughts and prayers, take a few minutes to reflect on the things you wrote down. Think about how you are feeling after your prayers? After sharing what you are grateful for? How can you bring that thankfulness/gratitude with you throughout the day?

4. Inspires creativity

God is a God of creativity. He totally is. Here are a few verses.

"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." - Psalm 104:24

"Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings one the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." - Isaiah 40:26

"For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been creates through him and for him." - Colossians 1:16

Since we have a creative God, we mirror our Father. We are also creative.

Now, prayer journaling can inspire creativity too. When we write down our prayers and thoughts, we can express ourselves in new and meaningful ways. It's a time to be creative, to play with words and ideas, and to explore our faith in a deeper way, plus God might just give you an exciting idea for something new AKA a new creative that brings hope and encouragement to others.

Actionable Ways to Implement This:

  • Go to a store and get a fun pack of highlighters, washi tape, and colorful pens that you like using. Use these in your prayer time by adding color to your pages. You can also use these in your Bible to brighten it up with color.

  • Do a word study on "God as creator." You'll be surprised just how creative our God is. And you'll love him even more. Look up all the verses you can about him being creative or a creator. This also opens your eyes to just how small you are. We are created and He is our creator.

  • Try something new... do you like to dance? Turn the worship music on and dance a prayer to the Lord. Love to paint? Pray out loud while painting.

  • If you're struggling to know what to write about here are some great prompts!

God loves seeing the ways you mirror him through creativity and worship to him.

Having A Prayer Journal Strengthens Your faith

Having a prayer journal can strengthen your faith especially if it's a part of your daily life. As you write down your prayers and thoughts, you can see how God has answered your prayers and worked in your life. This can increase your trust and faith in Him. It can also help you identify areas where you need to grow and change. By being intentional about your prayer life, you can become more grounded in your faith.

Prayer journaling is a beautiful way to deepen your relationship with God and enhance your spiritual journey. It can help you connect with God on a deeper level, see His hand in your life, encourage gratitude, inspire creativity, and strengthen your faith.

So why not give it a try? Grab a journal, pen, and your Bible, and start journaling your prayers and thoughts today. You might be surprised at how much it enriches your prayer life and brings you closer to God.

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