Prayer Journals to Reignite Your Prayer Life
What is your prayer life like? Maybe you talk to God every day like a best friend. Or maybe you have a hard time finding the time and focus to pray. Wherever you are in this range, prayer journals can be an effective tool to help guide your prayers. We’ve made a list for you of our top prayer journals to supplement your active prayer life or help you develop a prayerful habit!
#1: The Weekly Prayer Project Guided Journal - FaithGateway Exclusive Edition
We can connect with God in so many ways. Maybe you prefer to play an instrument or go for a walk outside in order to find God’s presence. Another way to connect with the Lord is through finding beauty. This stunning (and exclusive to FaithGateway!) edition of The Weekly Prayer Project will reintroduce you to the beauty found in the scriptures, using examples of the different types of prayer found in the Bible to help lead you in your own walk.
#2: Happy Today: A Guided Journal to Genuine Joy by Max Lucado
Truly joyful people can be hard to come by. That’s why Jesus calls us to be the lights of the world! (Matthew 5:14) Embed your prayer life with joy with the Happy Today journal, the companion to Max Lucado’s newest book How Happiness Happens. With writing space, excerpts from Max Lucado, and journal prompts for every week of the year, this journal focuses on Scripture-based prayer that will encourage you to live joyfully even after you say “Amen.”
#3: Draw the Circle Prayer Journal: A 40-Day Experiment by Mark Batterson
For those looking for a bullet journal and a prayer journal in one, Draw the Circle Prayer Journal is for you! The journal includes easy instructions on how to categorize prayer requests, plenty of room to doodle and write, and daily passages from author Mark Batterson to help you along the way. This 40-day journal is basically a crash-course in the bullet-journaling method of prayer.
#4: Before Amen Prayer Journal by Max Lucado
When you pray, you might find your mind wandering or your prayers becoming more and more similar over time. In the Before Amen Prayer Journal, companion to Max Lucado’s Before Amen, daily statements help you practice different aspects of prayer. Each day has an outline based off of biblical prayer with spaces below each point to keep your prayer organized. This journal is great for those who seek balance in the content of their prayers.
#5: Lord, I Want to Be Whole Workbook and Journal: A Personal Prayer Journey by Stormie Omartian
Life can leave scars on how we pray. We can learn to distrust the Lord and become emotionally unhealthy ourselves. The Lord, I Want to Be Whole journal contains seven steps to overcoming your personal hesitations to prayer, including Step One: Release the Past and Step Two: Live in Obedience. In each step are several sessions that contain questions to help you examine yourself and what you need in order to pray effectively. This book works well either by yourself or to work through as a group.
#6: My Prayer Journal
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6
If you have children, it can seem at times that following this verse is tough enough just getting your kids to church! But while your child is in your care, don’t neglect their personal prayer time, either. Setting the example is always good, but shepherding them to pray themselves can have life-long impact. My Prayer Journal is designed for young girls to follow, with different types of prayer and specific sentence prompts to start their prayer off strong. Work through the prayers with your girls or let them explore for themselves!
Most of the time, having consistent and personal prayer is not as easy as just wishing for it. Prayer like that takes time, practice, and sometimes, a little bit of guidance. If that sounds like what you need, we encourage you to try out a prayer journal. Share your own experiences with the power of prayer in the comments below!
Sydney Berry is Memphis-born author who can usually be found sipping coffee with a book in her hand and cat on her lap.