After reading Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, I knew I wanted to make some changes in my prayer life. Mainly, I wanted it to happen more, and I wanted to be able to track it better.
Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately, the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life. -Mark Batterson
I read this statement and decided to begin making some changes. My unorganized and often flippant way I went about praying wasn't working. I may have prayed about things but I had a hard time remembering what I prayed for. If I could even remember, some of my prayers were so vague that I had no way of knowing whether God had answered them or not.
In the past, my attempts at a prayer journal ended as soon as they began because when I started to write the things I wanted to pray for, the list became so long I knew I would never maintain it.
Enter Pinterest... I found this awesome idea and immediately put it into action!
I purchased my journal and divided it into the days of the week marked with sticky tabs.
Each day I pray for a specific area:
- Sunday: My church, our staff, and our student ministry.
- Monday: My husband.
- Tuesday: Myself & my personal growth.
- Wednesday: Specific requests I know of. (People ask for prayer all the time, I actually wanted to remember it and do it!)
- Thursday: Our future children & family.
- Friday: Thankfulness (I don't ask for anything, it's just reflection and praise)
- Saturday: Our Families
This process has helped me tremendously. This doesn't mean I close my conversations with God when I close this book, I try to be in constant conversation with Him throughout the day. But it has helped me stay focused, more diligent, and track my prayers so I can see how God has answered those prayers.
One of my favorite parts about this book is being able to go back and write in the answers to those questions or requests as they happen. It's been an incredible faith builder!
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7
If I can pray for you or your family and add you to my Wednesday prayer list, please let me know. Just comment below or email me.