Until I started learning about Bible journaling back in the fall, it had never occurred to me to keep a prayer journal, but many of the same people who were involved in the Bible journaling community were also big advocates of maintaining a prayer journal.
After all, Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians that we are to pray without ceasing. I have to admit, my prayer life was pretty haphazard. I would set aside some time for prayer each day, but I was undisciplined. I tried to remember who all I needed to pray for, but I didn't do a very good job of that. So I embarked on a journey of the web to find a prayer journal format that would work for me.
There are many, many prayer journal formats on the web. Many of them are free, or you can buy a specially crafted journal from a merchant on websites such as Etsy.
I tried several of the free ones and they were good. The creators did a great job putting them together. A couple of them, with some tweaking, would work for me. I liked the idea of a monthly journal, but didn't want to be locked into it. I wanted something flexible. I wanted something that could compartmentalize certain prayers for me....for instance, there are times when I want to concentrate on family, or on a situation in the news. I want to pray specially for our leaders or our clergy.
So after playing with several formats, I came up with one. I may tweak it now and again, but for now I think it will work.
It has an undated calendar for each month where you can write the special events coming up or maybe the birthdays of loved ones you want to remember in a special prayer on that month. There are also some other pages which you can print out as needed. If you want, you can print out these pages for each month and keep monthly sections in your journal. Or, you can use the same filled out sheets from month to month and just print more as you have a need for them.
My suggestion is to keep the journal in a binder where you can easily add pages. I printed out a journal I found online in A5 size and cut the pages to fit into a Happy Planner with the disc system. I may do that with this new one. It's easy to pop pages in and out, just as it would be in a 3 ring binder.
Another thing I have found helpful to me is to print out prayers I see online and place them in the binder. I'm friends with several ministers on Facebook and in times of crisis, they always have a prayer that they post, and I always get a feeling of calm from reading those prayers again and again.
I also like to print out scripture art that I find online. The prayer journal is the perfect place to keep that.
To download a copy of MY PRAYER JOURNAL, click here. And please let me know how I can improve it or make it more flexible.