I thought of titling this post “how to make a prayer journal,” but my journal is used for more than prayer requests, so I’ve named it my Faith Journal.
I have posted six times on the topic of 20 Ways to Pray, and am planning on four more. But I want these prayer lists to be more than a distant memory of some good ideas. I want them to be a tool you can use in beefing up your prayer life. I want them to be a resource that can guide your prayers to be more intentional, more specific, and more powerful. Therefore, we are looking at how to make a Faith Journal today.
Faith Journal Introductory Section
My Faith Journal is a 6-inch by 8.5-inch hardcover notebook I picked up at Wal-Mart. There is nothing fancy about it. I picked it up one day because on the cover was Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. It has lined pages.
The first thing I did to my journal was to number the pages. I only numbered the odd pages – it cuts down on the time it takes, and I think I can figure out the even numbers! ???? Next, I created an index. This is the best thing I learned from dabbling with a bullet journal – which I still use, along with a planner! Anyway, creating an index helps me to find just what I’m looking for with less flipping through pages.
After the index, I included my church’s mission statement – I think it’s a good reminder to me of what I need to focus on in my life. Then I have my word and verse for 2018 (Stretch – Hebrews 12:1-3). I have a currently blank page for my mission statement – something I’m working on. Next, I have my Bible reading log. I cross off each chapter as I read it, and have a handy record at the end of the year what I’ve read/studied. Finally, I have Bible study methods notes. Currently, I only have two methods: the SOAP method, and notes on Inductive Study. I have others created, but haven’t glued them in yet. (Yes, all these things are glued into my journal!)
Glue vs. Notebook
Why glue? Because this is the size journal I wanted to have and carry around with me, and I had this notebook on hand, and I had glue on hand. I may change eventually to a ring notebook – either disc-bound or traditional – as long as it’s in the smaller size I want. An advantage of the ring notebook would be that I could just hole-punch everything. In fact, I have all those printables in full size, and could print them out as is, hole-punch them, and use them in a traditional binder. But I wanted the smaller size! Just FYI – I print my PDF documents at 68% to fit into my journal. You may have to play with yours a bit to find the exact size you need to print, if you’re going with a smaller notebook or journal.
Faith Journal Prayer Sections
Back to the Faith Journal. After the introductory section, I had a two-page spread for each day of the week – labeled for the topic I pray about that day. I use these topics:
- Sunday: Praise and Worship
- Monday: Missionaries
- Tuesday: Unsaved family and friends
- Wednesday: Saved family and friends
- Thursday: Government and country
- Friday: Incidental requests, that don’t fall into any other category
- Saturday: My church and pastor
After my weekly pages, I have my daily pages. These are the requests I pray for every day.
On one side of each two-side spread is the prayer guides I’ve created for that person/topic. On the other side are more specific requests and praises. For example, on the spread for my grandchildren, I have the children’s prayer guide on the left, and specific requests and praises on the right, such as Baby E. will sleep better, C. will make a good transition to a bigger bed, and that M. would get over his ear infection quickly.
After all the prayer pages, I have sermon notes (again a two-page spread per week). I will migrate the prayer pages to farther into the journal as they become filled. In hindsight, I should have left at least four pages (two spreads) for each prayer request area/person/topic. Another advantage to the traditional notebook would be that I could just add pages where I needed them!
Some sections I have not yet added to my Faith Journal, but intend to include Scripture memory passages and notes from my personal study. My personal study notes are currently on an 8 ½ x 11 folder, so would not fit in the journal. I may decide to keep a separate binder just for them.
That’s it – a Faith Journal that goes with me to church, to small group, to Bible studies, and to my devotional time. It helps keep me organized and praying. Give it a try!