And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.1 John 5:14-15
Without progression, any plan or program is set up for failure and soon enough discouragement will show its face at the door. It is one of the most difficult things to build up a prayer altar if the prayer flame is extinguished and it is also the one area that our enemy would attack first. Without a prayer altar, a believer is weak and open to any attack the enemy launch at them. Inconsistency is the most common problem believers experienced due to mental problems, bad habits, or any other device Satan employs against our relationship with God.
Reviving a broken – down or neglected prayer altar through journaling
1.Creativity and Worship
During my 40-day countdown to Ascension schedule, I spend my mornings with worship, clothing myself, and drawing near to God. One of my daily assignments was to identify distractions and deal with them. After praying I immediately went into journaling and made a word map of the information the Holy Spirit provided to me during the first watch of the day.
With these creative sessions, the Holy Spirit energizes my spirit, so prayer relationship becomes intimate, fun, and playful. I become relaxed and resting in prayer.
I know it can be difficult for some to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus to carry out our kingdom assignments, but in resisting our adversary, declaring the Word of God, clothing ourselves daily with God’s armor and determination we are still in the game.
“Worship aligns our hearts and souls with God.“Prayer Journal
Although we read and study our Bible, a doodle study adds to the playfulness in getting to know God better. It must seem insignificant to you, but once you’ve tried it you will agree that it is not so easy as it may seem. You can read more about how to do a visual Bible study here. Inferencing is an ideal reading strategy to use when engaging in a doodle study.
Fasting is what adds fuel to your prayer altar. It is a time to humble yourself before God, to give up food and regular activities, and to seek the will of God. Fasting is ideal when facing extreme or challenging situations. Esther called a 3 day fast when her nation was in great danger. To be consistent, fasting schedules will be of great help to become dedicated and synchronized.
4.How to ignite your prayer life through journaling
At the beginning of April, I issued a notice prayer over my neighborhood and presented it to God. I scheduled this prayer for April and asked God to release this prayer every day in the area.
Prayer progress report cards
During the second week of my 40-day prayer challenge, the Holy Spirit advised me to track my prayer progress and I designed a report card .
When we approach God in prayer it is important to be specific about what we ask for. These report cards are like creating a watchtower over my prayers, discerning the progress, and eventually receive answers and victory. I battle to win! I have the advantage as I’m standing on the winning side!
Prayer Time Schedule
A prayer schedule is a time tracker that I add to my prayers. I use it to encourage me to pray continually and trust God with my requests. I usually schedule most of my urgent prayers for a month and track it all together to fit into my schedule.
As I read and meditate on the following Bible Scripture, I’m encouraged even more to build my house of prayer. Praying to God does pay off! The extra effort that we put into prayer, shows our eagerness, trust, and relationship that we have in our Creator.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.“Ephesians 6:18
” If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”John 15:7