Happy New Year!!! What a great time to renew, refocus, and start new habits that will benefit you for years to come.
Prayer is a power weapon that we have access to at anytime and any season of our life. Most of us if we are honest don’t utilize the power of prayer as much as we should. Organizing and keeping track of your prayers is life changing! Maybe if this is one of your goals or plans to be more disciplined and organized with your prayer time I have an easy way to keep tract of them and make the most of your prayer time.
This is a system I’ve used for the past 2 years and I’m super happy to be starting my 3rd year with this system. (In of course a new pretty binder) I know there are many journals that you can buy, customize, and are very well put together, but honestly I needed to make one that fit my needs. For me, I just chose to do this simple & affordable system that I can personalize to my prayer goals and needs that are in my life and family. (and you can too!)
Here’s a list of the simple items:
- 3 Ring Binder (1 inch or 1 1/2)
- Ruled lined paper
- Pocket dividers
- Pencil Pouch (optional)
- Colored pens/highlighters (optional)
- Sticky tabs (optional)
Here’s how I put it all together. It’s actually not real deep or in depth (as I usually try and keep things simple) Start by deciding what catagories you want to divide up your prayers. Here’s an example of mine ( Praise/Worship, Personal prayers, Requests for others, Ministry prayers, Thanksgiving) The beauty about all of this is you can set up what works for you and your time with God.
Next I set up my binder with the color tabs (I used the pocket ones to keep various papers, clips of quotes, pictures or Bible guides) and I fill lined paper after each folder.
Then each day I will fill out each section with just the date and my thought, prayer, or my thanksgiving to God according to the section. I’ve got to say after 2 years straight doing this….it’s been a wonderful tool to look back and see how God has answered various prayers, stretched my faith, and helped me to express my thanksgiving each day for something! It’s turned into a wonderful reference and keepsake!
My 1st notebook I actually put 2 full years in it and divided it with a print out calendar. I also had quotes, pictures of family and helpful reminders.
The new one for 2019 is 1 1/2 inches big so I can have the space to add more pages and content.
Remember this system can be as unique as you and as detailed and personal as you need it to be. Using colored pens, highlighters or other sticky notes just makes your journal….You! All in all the end result is tracking your prayers, praise, and answered prayers for each year! There has been much joy to see how this helps builds accountability & discipline in my life.
As you endeavor to improve and organize your prayer life, remember our time speaking with the Lord is essential and needed! Prayer works and prayer changes things.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b
What are your goals or plans for this year? Are you struggling with organizing your prayer time? What techniques have helped you? I would LOVE to hear!!