It is quite frustrating to have a few uncertain faces in front of you without asking any questions. As a teacher, engaging with colleagues and learners becomes a daily requirement. If we do not engage in a meaningful manner, we cannot establish an effective relationship or communication. An engaging relationship with each other can bring clarity, understanding, improves knowledge and growth. Teachers can evaluate the level of understanding and learning of a learner who constantly engages in the classroom as well as outside and can establish a tutoring relationship.
Before we dig deeper into the subject, I want us to have an understanding of the meaning of engaging during prayer journaling.
1.to become involved, or have contact, with someone or something (Cambridge Dictionary)
2.to interest someone in something and keep them thinking about it:
3.to teach someone, especially a class of children, or to keep someone busy
Prayer journaling is all about prayer, hearing from God, communicating with Him, and receiving special advice comfort, and heavenly assignments from Him.
How can I engage with God during journaling?
1.Commit yourselves to God and prayer
Commitment urges us into a consistent relationship with God. Just like commitment is vital in any relationship with our spouses, our jobs, and even health and exercise; it also applies highly to our relationship with God. I wrote a prayer journal entry in which I commit myself to God and asked Him to take care of certain areas for me to be able to stand in His service.
2.Start your prayer journal or binder.
There must be some creativity hidden inside of each one of us. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring it to the surface, activate it by praying in your heavenly language.
For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.1Corinthians 14:2
You can read about how to do a visual Bible study here.
Examples of Doodle Studies
1. The circle of wicked influence: Psalm 1
2.Forerunners of the Kingdom message
3.Get yourself cleaned up!
4.Be open to new ideas to experience the Word of God
You will never know what can pop out of your Bible study or scripture doodling while engaging! The Holy Spirit is eagerly awaiting for us so He can reveal the hidden gems of God’s Word. I recently encountered a topic prayer journal week and I called it: Launching arrows!
5.Most importantly! Ask Question!
What do students do in the classroom? They indicate their question by putting their hands up and then formulate their answer orally. The asking question draws God’s attention to you! Sometimes they have to wait for their turn to ask or for the answer. Some teachers allow learners to write down their questions. I use both of these ways to communicate my questions to God. I added a section in my binder and call it: Curious Corner.
Why ask God questions?
- A question commands an answer.
- It draws the light of God’s word to that specific area.
- It helps the Holy Spirit to teach us about our purpose
- It broadens our knowledge
- It indicates an eagerness to teach or to know more.
- It reflects our level of understanding and knowledge of ourselves
- It can be a tracker of our spiritual growth.
I believe that you will find many more ways to engage with God during your own journal experiences. You can build up your testimony and inheritance of faith to your generation.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. “Matthew 7:7
God himself prompts us to ask Him for things. When we reach out to ask God for help, breakthrough, about our insecurities…any uncertainty, he will reply.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”Isaiah 40 :31