Last week I was cleaning up my office and ran across an old spiral bound notebook. I flipped through the pages and was amazed at what I saw.
In the pages of this notebook were prayers I had written years ago. Prayers for my future wife. Prayers for friends and family. And prayers for a “future” church that I would one day start. Reading these prayers – that are now answered prayers – was an unbelievable experience that led me straight to worship and straight to more praying! If God had shown me his faithfulness in all these ways, why stop praying now?!
Writing down prayers, also called prayer journaling, is as old as the Bible itself. In fact, reading the book of Psalms is like finding King David’s prayer journal. As you read this book, seeing what David was asking God to do in his life and what he was thanking God for at different times, you find an incredile example of prayer journaling. Psalm 45:1 even gives us insight into how writing down our prayers can be beneficial when it says, “Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.”
As we end the first week of our 21-Day Prayer Challenge, I encourage you to start a prayer journal. Do it in a notebook or type it on your computer. Each day, write your prayers as lists or even like writing a letter to God. Record what you are thinking, what bold prayer your are “circling,” and even what you are struggling with. One day you will look back on those prayers and see the power of being a circle maker when you see how God has truly answered those prayers!
Don’t forget that as you pray and write down those prayers, the two we are focusing on during these 21 days are your personal “Jericho” and our church launching into this season of multiple locations. I know that as we do this together, we are going to experience incredible transformation.
Let’s write it down as we go, so we can give God all the glory when we look back on the great things He has done!