Learning has always been difficult for me. My A.D.D. tendencies can derail a good idea, quickly. Things need to be organized and in their proper place. Reference points are needed to guide my thoughts. As I began meeting more and more people through my faith, I found it difficult to keep track of the prayer requests, or the Bible verses I wanted to study, or my own goals. I needed a way of simplifying my prayer life.
I believe that our prayer life is how we build our relationship with Jesus. This has become most important in my life…to build a strong relationship with Him.
So, I set out to learn how to build a fulfilling prayer life. The following is what I came up with.
We are commanded to pray.
Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
We are commanded to pray without fret or worry.
Philippeans 4:6 (AMP)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests], with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
We are commanded to never cease praying. To pray all the time and to do so earnestly.
1 Thessolonians 5:17 (AMP)
Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]
Colossians 4:2 (AMP)
Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.
The Bible guides us and teaches us not to ramble or only pray by repeating memorized prayer. We are to be specific, with few words.
Matthew 6:7 (AMP)
And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 (AMP)
Be not rush with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.
My desire to learn how to pray led me to search for an organized way to strengthen my prayer life and my relationship with God. A prayer journal or a prayer notebook was just the answer. Using the creativity God gave me, I made my own prayer journal/notebook. Now you can make one too.
I purchased a photo album at the local Goodwill for $3.00.
Additionally, I purchased some scrapbook paper and stickers.
Anything will work. Colored paper; wrapping paper….or nothing at all.
Lastly, I purchased some colored index cards.
Again…this doesn’t need to be about expense or color or making the Prayer Book fancy. Plain paper or notebook paper works too.
I chose the photo album because I can move things around fairly easily. Others have used three ring binders. This gives them even more flexibility. A journal or composition book will work as well.
My prayer book is divided into the following sections:
with the sin in your life.
There’s also a section for Goals and Books of the Bible.
Each section has multiple spaces for note cards. As I grow in my prayer life, I can add and subtract information in the Prayer Book. As I learn new Bible verses, I can add them to the sections where they apply.
Start using your new Prayer Book. The Holy Spirit will assist you while you design, make or purchase your Prayer Book. As well, the Holy Spirit will be with you through your entire prayer process. No matter what that may be.
Romans 8:26 (AMP)
So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.