Gratitude and Prayer Journal
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Living a grateful and prayerful life doesn’t come natural to me. I wish I had a Gratitude and Prayer journal a long long time ago. I’ve been in church my whole life and I still have to make my prayer time with God a priority or it doesn’t happen.
That’s right! In church my whole life and I still get distracted, side tracked and can easily let life push me around and before I know it I’m grumpy and I have missed my prayer time with God. Oops!
My printable gratitude and prayer journal helps me do so much better in this area. If you are into Bible journaling you can add these prayer journal printables to your Bible journaling.
What does the Bible say about showing Gratitude?
“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.” Ps. 118:29
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm. 9:1
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” Psalm 7:17
How do you express your gratitude to God?
Let us have a plan in place that prepares us to show God gratitude in all circumstances.
- Understanding Gratitude. Appreciation and thankfulness – these are two words that can be closely associated with the word: Gratitude.
- Through Praise.
- Through Prayer.
- Through Service.
- Through Willingness.
The Power of a Grateful Heart
No Christian is excluded from the problem of letting life quickly pass by. If we do not intentionally invite Jesus into our daily lives, it won’t happen.
Here’s my problem. No structure! At 5 am the alarm would wake me from my deep slumber. I tried to remember, in a half fog state of mind, to pray that Holy Spirit would be with me and guide me that day, but sometimes I would forget.
Between getting myself ready, the children ready for their day, making breakfast and packing lunches I just really struggled with getting in what I knew in my heart I needed. A deeper prayer life!
The day rushes out as quickly and chaotic as it rushes in. I knew I needed a change. I knew that meant living more intentionally if I wanted everything that God has for me and my family. I needed something to guide my prayer life.
Why do we need a Gratitude and Prayer Journal?
Surely, I am not the only person here who needs to keep it real with the negative thought processes that bombard our minds or the need for a more intentional prayer life??
As we complain about traffic we should be grateful we do not have to walk miles to get to work. We could use that time to pray for the other drivers around us, our co-workers, clients and family.
Let’s remember some have to ride a bus or train that is so jammed packed it is more like herding cattle instead of transporting people. In Mexico, the public busses are much like this.
As we complain about our homes not being our dream homes, we should be grateful we have a roof over our heads and shelter from the storms.
Let’s remember that others – our sisters in Christ – are living in small dirt shacks with no running water and with metal roofs that leak.
As we complain about our boss at work, we should be thankful we have a job that brings an income to provide for our families. As some families, perhaps your neighbors even, go without heat, new clothes and fresh food.
This is just a small list of things we should regularly be grateful for and thank God for in our prayer life.
How do you start a prayer journal?
Guided Prayer Journal
Having a perspective and prayer life of gratitude in every situation is definitely a challenge at times, however, it can bring a peace to our lives as we intentionally take the time to recognize all our blessings.
I think God knew this from the very start and that is why He calls us to seek Him in all things. To be thankful. Content. He wants us to have a peace that passes all understanding. That peace comes from fully grasping the truth that He is in control, even in the biggest of storms we must walk through. He is in control. And He calls us to be thankful.
A prayer journal can be added to your Bible Journaling printables and will help as it has space to write out God’s word, our prayers and the things we are grateful for. It may help us live a deeper more intentional life for Christ.
How do you start a prayer journal?
You can simply get a notebook and write it all out adding in your own creative talents.
Or you can find a printable prayer journal, like mine, and use it to help guide your prayer life.
How to Improve Your Prayer Life
Gratitude means being thankful, having and showing appreciation, and counting your blessings in the big things, small things, bad times and good times.
There are many Bible verses that call us to be thankful, but let’s focus on just a couple of them for this challenge.
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
We improve our prayer life by being diligent and consistent in taking the time to talk to God. Read the Bible and then pray. Write out God’s word. Pray again. Read more of the Bible and write more scriptures and prayers. Keep repeating this. Over and over.
What to Write in a Gratitude and Prayer Journal
I want to challenge you to a 30 day Gratitude and Prayer Challenge. During the 30 day challenge let’s also memorize the two scriptures above.
I have created a simple Gratitude and Prayer Journal. This prayer journal has 30 days worth of thankful prompts, bible verses and space to write out your prayers and what you are thankful for. It helps by giving you ideas on what to be thankful for, what scripture to write and it has space for your to write out your prayer.
Gratitude and Prayer Journal
**By printing this out as a “booklet” you save ink and paper.
Consider sharing this Gratitude and Prayer challenge with your friends. Having your friends and family join you will help you create an accountability and encouragement group.
Let’s spend time acknowledging the little things we should be grateful for and seeking after God to change our hearts for Him.
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