“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)
Prayer is so important to learning who God is. Reading the bible is a way to read, explore and learn about Him from perspectives of multiple people. Talking to God personally is how you get to know His true and perfect heart for you. Prayer is vital to a relationship with God. In my own experience, it is vital to the importance of my sanity!
Prayer can be used in all circumstances, I know that if I wasn’t making a point to pray every day, I would only do it during rough circumstances. It is easy to not think to pray when life is going right. Praying to God just to thank him for waking you up is an incredible opportunity to get to know Him in such a deep way!
If praying every day can be something you struggle with I suggest prayer journaling. Actually taking the time out each morning to write down prayers have been so helpful to me in many ways. I take a couple minutes to pour out my heart to God on paper and it has helped me to make sure I am talking to God on a daily basis.
I don’t know about you, but I am a lot better at speaking through written words than just speaking them. Writing down my prayers have helped me to express myself completely to God, even though He already knows what I am going to say before I say it. It has also helped me to know what is on my mind and on my heart. Sometimes I surprise myself when I look back at what I wrote down.
How to Start a Prayer Journal..
- Buy a journal that you absolutely love and want to write in every day
- Figure out a time every day to attach journaling to (breakfast, lunch break, before bed)
- Sit down, without hesitating just start writing to God
- Write whatever is on your mind, God wants to hear it ALL!
- Make sure that you’re completely open and honest (God knows the real you)
- When you’re done writing reread it and see what is really going on in your heart
- Patiently wait for Gods answer 🙂
- Do it all over again!
Looking Back at Old Prayers
One of the best parts about writing down prayers is getting to read them later on. I love looking at old prayers and seeing God’s answer and the way He is working in that prayer. I can really see that He always listens and He is answering every single prayer.
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6