Growing in our faith and personally includes learning to be better in prayer, learning how to be a powerful prayer warrior. I feel like this subject never ends, and there is always room to grow!
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I can't have a post on prayer without explaining first off how important prayer is in my life, and why I write my prayers out.
Prayer is my time to talk with God about... well, everything. And I do. I try to give him every detail of my heart, from what I am loving and longing for to what I am hurting over. No, my prayers are not answered immediately, sometimes they may not be answered for a while. But, what matters is that God sees my heart, He knows where I am hurting and where I am grateful; and prayer gives me a chance to take some weight off of my shoulders.
That is in fact what God can do, and I like to think that He wants you to give your burdens to Him, so He can be the one that helps you through them. He wants to take your burdens and renew you in His love, make you feel whole again. Zephaniah 3:17 says, "The Lord your God among you is powerful— he will save and he will take joyful delight in you. In his love he will renew you with his love; he will celebrate with singing because of you."
Almost three years ago, I began writing out my prayers.
I started this process for a couple of reasons. One would be that I was physically and emotionally hurting. I had endured a difficult year with our NICU baby, and to top it off a typical oral surgery procedure went wrong and I was honestly, depressed. With all of that combined, I couldn't stay focused for anything. I couldn't make it through five seconds of prayer without being distracted and completely loosing where I was at.
Now, I am three years and many journals/notebooks in, and I am still going strong. I love being able to look back at old prayers, seeing my growth, seeing prayers answered, seeing how irrelevant some prayers are now, because God knew what I needed more than I did.
How Do I set Up My prayer
First step: I start with my prayer journal. I choose one that brings me joy. Honestly. I choose a journal or notebook that makes my heart happy. The size doesn't really matter too much, although I will say I prefer medium sized journals, because journals are kind of like purses to me, I want to change it up, and swap to another that brings me joy, sooner than later, but not before the current journal is filled up. I really like these below, you can shop similar journals and even get custom journals, HERE!
Secondly, I pick out my favorite pen, and my favorite highlighters or colored pens. I usually do a set family for at least a week, that way the colors kind of all flow together. I know, I am slightly OCD about this. But, you know, when you find something that works for you, you run with it. I love these items below for prayer journaling and writing in my Bible, too:
Thirdly, I section out on my paper by name or subject of my prayers. So, for example, each member of my family has a section, and I list out needs or prayers for each subject under them. I even have a section for my blog, business and marriage.
As I begin to see prayers answered I will go back and highlight the prayer and date when I notice it come true.
Hey Ya'll! My name is Amy, I am a girl mom (times two), married to one of my favorite guys, a daughter, a Jesus follower and so much more. I love preworkout and a great sweat, I collect books like trophies, I love to cook but hate a dirty kitchen. I love grungy country music, bell bottom pants, turquoise (the mineral) and converses. Our house is full of love and laughter as we navigate this busy life together, focusing on keeping the important parts of life the biggest parts, and building a healthy and safe place in our family of four!