How A Prayer Journal Can Enhance Your Blog

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10 NLT

I love to write my prayers in a Prayer Journal, and I’ve noticed that doing this has many benefits including making my posts more personal and timely. As a Christian blogger, there is nothing sweeter to our ears than these four words: “I needed that today!”

Because isn’t that what we desire? – to move our blog to a higher level of ministry – to touch hearts and encourage our friends, new and old?

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”


Benefits of a Prayer Journal

  1. I hear God’s still small voice more easily when I’m writing in my Prayer Journal. I begin by reading my Bible. Usually, something I read sparks a specific prayer and I follow that leading. Sometimes it turns into a blog post.

2. When I write my prayers, they are more conversational and informal. They get right to what’s on my heart. For example, writing in my Prayer Journal one morning, I prayed, “Lord, I am so excited about my new Study Bible!” I wouldn’t have said that if I were speaking my prayers, which tend to be more formal and structured.

3. That intimacy sometimes leads me to understand what God wants me to write about. For example, on 7/29/19 something I read in my Bible reminded me of Barnabas (whose name means Encourager). I wrote in my Prayer Journal, “Teach me, O Lord, to be an encourager like Barnabas.” When I looked back at my blog posts today, I saw that on 7/30/19 ( the next day), I posted the blog, How To Write An Encouraging Blog. It has already moved up to #2 on my Top Ten Most Popular Posts!

4. Another day, I went outside to pray early in the morning. I don’t consider myself a poet, but watching the birds stirred my heart to write a little poem that I jotted down in my Prayer Journal. That prayer became the inspiration for my 6-29-19 post, My Morning Prayer of Thanks. I think the Lord likes it when we write Him poetry! In Psalms, it is written,

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1 NIV

5. One time a Blogger Friend of mine shared a personal need. That need was heavy on my heart and I prayed for her. In turn, that led to a specific post meant especially for my friend: BITTERNESS: This Heart Condition is Worse Than You Think

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a writer, too. Do you write your prayers in a journal? If not, try it, and see if it leads to better, more personal writing. Let me know. My prayer is that we all become better writers and ministers of the Gospel, encouraging one another daily!

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you, today. Comments are welcomed and appreciated.

With Love, Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.  

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18 thoughts on “How A Prayer Journal Can Enhance Your Blog”

  1. So true Cindy. Your admonition to maintain a prayer journal is a spiritual “game changer”. Our original pastor commented years ago to take a notepad to your prayer closet because you will forget what that “still small voice” is saying if you don’t write it down.

    ” I think the Lord likes it when we write Him poetry!” Oh, most assuredly He does.

    When you think about the 7.4 billion or so souls living right now on this planet, how many even take the time on any given day to consider His wonders and marvelous works?

    Surely I am not there every day where I need to be and fall short many times in offering myself to the degree He is worthy of. But, as you stated, a journal helps in that persuit.

    It’s in fact very peculiar you would post this today because I woke up around 1:30 am this morning and could not sleep. So I prayed. Afterwards I laid back down, but was left with a thought. I said to myself, “I’m going to forget this if I don’t write this down”. So I got up, opened my journal and jotted down the thought.

    The thought is “With God, you are either all in or you are all out. There is no middle ground with God. Jesus is the door and you are either inside or you are outside the door.”

    Sorry for taking up all of your comment real estate here. 🙂 Just to let you know I’m praying for your brother & his child.

    And keep sending out these positive God-waves through the blogsphere!

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  2. Interesting … I find myself to be the opposite. If I’m just talking to God in private, I’ll be more relaxed and the words flow naturally. If I’m writing, I always seem to have in the back of my head that “someday someone might read this,” and so I word things more carefully. Yet another example of how each of us is created unique.

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    1. That’s so true! I’m an introvert and I can express myself much better in writing. Since you’re a speaker, I bet you can easily express yourself orally. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Annie. Blessings!

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  3. I love this idea! I used to write in my journal every day. Now I find myself talking through things with other people more than I do with God. This is such an encouragement to go back to those quiet moments just with Him 🙂

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  4. Found this past today. It definitely resonates as I love to write my prayers as well and find it always benefits other forms of writing as well.

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