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Why prayer journal prompts? Many don’t know what to say, and many feel embarrassed because they can’t find the right words or feel like God is not listening. Prayer journal prompts can help when you aren’t sure what to pray for or how to pray.
Keeping a prayer journal or a war binder is a wonderful and effective way to pray to our Father.
It allows us to document our prayers and see how God has answered them. It also helps us see how we are growing in our walk with the Lord.
There is power in prayer. It is our personal conversation with God. He wants to hear from us. He desires fellowship and a relationship with Him. It allows us not just to have God hear us, but for us to hear His voice, as well.
My absolute FAVORITE prayer journal is from Paper Sunday. Each page has scripture personalized to you. It makes a perfect companion to this list below of prayer journal prompts. (Plus there are dozens of gorgeous covers to choose from)
In addition to writing my prayers in a prayer journal, I also keep a list of prayer requests in there and the people that I pray for daily and their needs.
I often go back and jot down how God answered prayers. It is amazing to look back and see how good He is.
The below list of prayer journal prompts can be used over and over as you grow your prayer life with Our Savior.
Even if you’ve kept a prayer journal for a long time, these prompts are great for getting you refocused.
Each day, you read the prayer prompt and pray about whatever comes to mind–some days the topics are broad, and other days they are specific; but each prompt allows you the freedom to go as deep as you’d like.
Some days it might look like a list, and other days it might be a love letter to God.
Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to keep a prayer journal. These prayer journal prompts are simply a guide to help you develop your own prayer journal style or method.
As you go through these prayer journal prompts, you will likely think of some of your own.
Tips for Organizing Your Prayer Journal
Set a Pattern
- Decide how and when you will use your prayer journal. Do you require the discipline of writing in it at a fixed time in a regular place? Or do you prefer the freedom of carrying it with you so you can use it whenever? The key element is purposefulness.
2. Record Praise and Intercession
- Keep two running lists: thank you notes to God and requests to bring before Him. While the requests come easier, balance is the focus.
- Leave space for answers and write them in. This can inspire gratitude for some items and perseverance for others.
- Track petitions and praises for those for whom you pray regularly. You will see more clearly how God is using your prayers in their lives and avoid the dangers of spiritual narcissism.
3. Include Personal Worship
- Reserve a special page for permanent prayer items. “Lord, give me the perfect love of 1 Corinthians 13” can’t be fully answered in this lifetime, but it is the sort of prayer God uses to transform you and draw you closer to Himself. Likewise, “Father, thank You for Your great mercy and salvation” is a praise that will never end, and fulfills the high purpose of giving glory to God.
4. Store Treasures
- Collect prayer “gems.” If a sermon expands your understanding of prayer, note the helpful points. If a quotation says it as you’ve never thought of it before, copy it down.
- Keep a list of prayer techniques that will break you out of ruts. These might be anything from “Pray for those suffering every time I hear a siren” to “Try a different prayer posture.”
5. Incorporate “Stones of Remembrance”
- Look back to look forward. Prepare your heart for prayer by reviewing the previous day’s or week’s journal entries. Or devote a special time to talk to God about your recent prayer life—reminding you of what needs prayer and His greatness in hearing you.
- Mark signposts. Several times a year, set aside one or more journal pages for reflections on the impact of prayer in your Christian experience. How has God used prayer in your life? How has prayer deepened your walk with God?
Additionally, your prayer journal might include sermon notes, a gratitude section, photos of those you regularly pray for, and even the below list of prayer journal prompts. My Warrior Women course includes helpful prayer journal prompts as well as divider sections, and printables for all of the above areas and more.
Print the prayer prompts by clicking the image below the list. Then add your own prayer journal prompts to it as you think of them on the blank lines provided.
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100 Prayer Journal Prompts
- Rewrite a favorite Scripture in prayer. Highlight the sentences or words of a passage that stand out in your mind and rewrite it back to God. Scripture writing is a powerful way to get into the Word and write it on your heart. This is one of my favorite prayer prompts!
- Pray for something you are thankful for
- Pray for patience
- Pray for a relationship that needs strengthening
- Pray for discernment
- Write a thank you note for something for which you feel especially blessed. Use words or phrases as if you are talking to your best friend. Gratitude is so important to our walk
- Write a love letter to God.
- Pray for how to find God’s calling in your life
- Pray for a family member that you would like to share the Gospel with
- Pray for help in managing your finances
- Tell God how much you love him and praise him for who He is. Hold the prayer as a “praise only” prayer
- Write out a list of thanks for everyday things and pray the list to God
- Pray for advancement in your career
- Pray for your neighbors
- Pray for how to embrace grace in everyday life
- Pray for your job
- Copy a meaningful prayer that someone else has written into your prayer journal. The exercise of writing it in your handwriting provides your brain with a way to remember the meaning
- Pray for a loved one that needs healing
- Pray for your best friend
- Pray for and declare abundance over your life
- Pray for a friend that you would like to share the Gospel with
- Pray for the homeless and poor people in your community
- Pray for your church and church staff
- Write out a prayer of praise for all God has accomplished in your life. Just make a list of the times you’ve seen him work and thank him for it
- Write a prayer on behalf of a loved one. Thank God for them and describe your thoughts about this person to God
- Surrender all your thoughts to the Lord by writing out a prayer of giving yourself to him. You may want to list things you hold the dearest and hold them up to him with open hands in full trust
- Pray a prayer of blessing over someone you love
- Pray for your enemies
- Take a prayer walk outside and for everything you see, give thanks. Nature gives us much to praise God for. After taking your walk, grab your journal and plop down in a field or on a park bench. Write out words of praise to God for his creation
- Use a list of the names of God to write a prayer of thanks for who he is
- Pray for those who are without food
- Pray for repentance
- Pray for your words
- Pray to “be still” according to Psalm 46:10
- Pray for forgiveness
- Write out a prayer for the “least of these” and ask God to show you your part in ministering to the homeless, disabled, or elderly. Ask God to specifically show you the special needs you can meet right where you are
- Prayer for your spouse or future spouse
- Pray for your education/your child’s education
- Pray for positive thoughts and energy
- Pray for your pastor
- Pray for your home and all who live there
- Write out a prayer of confession. If you’re uncomfortable writing down specifics in your journal, write them on a piece of paper and then destroy it, knowing that Jesus has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west
- Pray for safety in your community
- Pray for a mentor or leader you are thankful for
- Pray for something you want God to teach you
- Pray for your in-laws
- Pray for a goal that you haven’t reached yet
- List out your priorities or decisions you must make in the next week. Give them to God and ask him to lead you every step of the way
- Pray for peace regarding a situation that has been bothering you
- Pray for guidance on a decision you have been battling with
- Pray today without asking for anything
- Pray for a friend you are thankful for
- Pray a Psalm over your life
- Rewrite your church prayer list needs and pray over them, asking God to meet those needs
- Pray Jeremiah 29:11 over your life
- Pray for self-discipline
- Pray for the marriages of people you know
- Pray for a healthy relationship with food
- Use a journal entry to pray for your local leaders, community, church, and business. Write out any specific needs of which you are aware and give them to God
- Pray for an enemy
- Pray for a miracle you’ve been waiting for
- Pray for confidence in an area you’ve been lacking
- Pray for help to achieve your dreams
- Pray for a fear you need to face
- Pray for open doors and new opportunities
- Pray for something that makes you feel angry
- Pray for clarity about a situation
- Pray to trust God more
- Pray for your siblings
- Pray for healthy choices
- Pray for a military family
- Copy the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Then rewrite the prayer using your own words
- Pray for a missionary family
- Pray for a local mission (1 Peter 3:14)
- Pray for contentment
- Pray for an elderly friend
- Pray for Someone you mentor
- Pray for a Biblical truth you’re lacking
- Pray that God would reveal any sin in your life
- Pray for a person you don’t get along with
- Pray that you would have and use the fruit of the Spirit
- Pray about something you feel guilty about
- Pray about a fear you need to face
- Pray about something you’re embarrassed about
- Pray over your spiritual gifts and how to use them
- Pray for schools and students
- Pray about a habit you are trying to make
- Pray about the coming week or month
- Pray for self-control
- Pray for your finances
- Pray for the Lord to cleanse your thoughts
- Pray for your parents and grandparents
- Pray for your siblings
- Pray that God would forgive you for _______
- Thank God for the gift of salvation
- Lord, you showed me, your grace, when ________
- Lord, give me the strength for ______
- Pray that God would give you a quiet and gentle spirit
- Pray that God would show you how to embrace His grace
What else would you add to this prayer journal prompt list? Would you be interested in a monthly prayer journal prompt list? Let me know in the comments below!
Because He Lives,
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