When I think of the year 2020, my most prominent memory is prayer journaling and a book full of prayer experiences. The last year made me think of the time Jesus and the disciples were on the sea in a boat and a heavy storm came up. (Mark 4:35)They tried to manage fearfully on their own for a while, but later they woke Him, and He commanded the storm to be still. However, He was surprised about their level of faith!
Through prayer journaling, I found an anchor and stability in prayer. This kept my prayer altar solid and burning at all times. It awakened my desire to call out to God throughout the difficult times we all faced.
Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.”
What do you do before writing your daily prayer entry?
A warrior never goes to battle without getting ready before the battle. You weapon up!
The Armor of God
Ephesians4: “13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, … 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
This is crucial for a prayer warrior to practice, to take on each time you pray or even before leaving your home for work.
We tend to forget verse 18 that is an indication of activating the spiritual armor. Yes, after putting it on we have to activate it through prayer.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions…”
What to do after entering your prayer in your journal.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit will add extra detail with doodles and patterns which is another prayer utterance to talk about.
When you’ve entered and completed your prayer prayerfully, it’s time to activate it by praying over it, putting your hands on your prayer. I choose to pray in my natural tongue as well as in the spirit on my prayers.
At the end of the week, I concluded my prayers with thanksgiving, faithfully accepting God’s grace and answers joyfully. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will take you back to a previous prayer entry to pray on it again.