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Making And Keeping A Prayer Journal With Free Template

Have you ever told someone you would pray for them but then forgot all about it? Do you want a more consistent intercessory prayer life? Have you ever felt like you have so many things to talk to God about that you can’t think straight? Are you just super organized and can’t stand the thought of one “i” out of place? Ok, the last one is a joke, mostly.

A number of years ago, a friend introduced me to prayer journals. It is a method of keeping track of all the prayer requests you have and answers received to those prayers. It can look different from person to person based on what works best for each person and lifestyle.  Making and keeping a prayer journal can be very simple. Plus, I’m offering a free template to download to help you on your way.

prayer journal1How To Start:

  • Make a list of the members of your immediate family.
  • Make a list of others, such as extended family members, whom you want to pray for daily.
  • Make a list of those in your church family and community ie. Pastors, leaders etc.
  • Make a list on a national and global scale of daily prayer needs ie. Pray for the President and other world leaders, Pray for Israel, Pray for an end to Human Trafficking.

What You Need:

  • Something to take notes with. This can be an electronic file, a notebook, index cards, or a binder. (For the purpose of this article, we will use a binder.)
  • Dividers. You will need one for yourself, one for each member of your immediate family, One for answered prayers, one for those you are praying to receive salvation, and one for each subgroup list that you have made. (Example: I have 1 each for Myself, Husband, Son 1, Son 2, Extended Family, Church Family, Community I live in, National, Global, Salvation, Answered Prayers. This gives me 11 sections or binder dividers that I needed.
  • Loose paper punched lined paper.
  • A pen.

How To Set It Up:

  • Begin by labeling each divider tab with the name of a person or group from your lists.
  • Place them in order into your binder with a few sheets of paper in each section.
  • You can clip on a pen to the binder or use string to tie it to one of the rings so you always have it with you. Just make sure the string is long enough so you can write comfortably.
  • If so desired, create a front page that explains that this is a private prayer journal and to please respect the privacy of the prayer requests and those who have requested prayers by not reading the journal.
  • You may also want to place a second page that serves as a reminder to ask God to help you seek Him with His intentions for His people you are about to pray for as well as to give you a clean heart and to search your own heart before coming before the Lord in prayer.
  • Place the lists of people, groups, and causes you want to pray for daily as your next page.This will be a general list you can use every day even if you don’t have a specific request. It is always nice to pray blessings over people without a specific need in mind.

How To Use It:

  • Beginning with your section, put the date on the left side and write out your prayer needs.
  • Continue on with each member of your family and into your other lists, dating the specific prayer requests you have for them or that you have been given by them.
  • Whenever someone asks you to pray for them, open your journal and write out the request.
  • Whenever you have a need for yourself or others placed on your heart, write it down.
  • Daily, when you are entering your prayer time, open the book and start from the beginning. Pray through all of the needs. As they are answered you can cross them out, Write a big “ANSWERED” over it, or even draw a smiley face over it! When each sheet is full, put a new one in front of it. Alternately, you can add it to your “Answered Prayer” section. If needed, rewrite a prayer request that still exists.
  • When an answered prayer is made known to you, open up your answered prayer section and write it out. If you ever feel discouraged, read through those answered prayers.


  • Add scripture references to your prayers requests. Praying the Word over the need is powerful!
  • Keep a tiny notebook, or use your cell phone to create a file. When you are out and about you can keep any requests you are given in it. Once home, write them in your journal and destroy the page or delete the file.
  • You can also label and/or decorate the outside of the journal. Make your journal time enjoyable so you will want to come back to it again and again.
  • Put your daily prayer pages inside of page protector sleeves.

Download my FREE Making And Keeping A  Prayer Journal E-Booklet Template  (PDF format)

I hope keeping a prayer journal enriches your prayer life, increases your intercessory impact, and draws you closer to our Lord and Savior.

30 Day Reboot Recap

30 Day Reboot Recap

Now that our 30 days of refreshing and refocusing on the Word is over, what has it done for you? have you developed a new lifestyle of daily studies of the Word that you didn’t have before? Are you going deeper in the Word?  Are you seeing truth in things you were not so sure about before? Are you seeing false doctrine in what seemed to be sound theology before? Do you find your times of prayer and worship to be sweeter? Do you feel more confident in your walk with the Lord? The beauty of resetting ourselves is in the purity it leads us to. There are so many voices out there, myself included, that have something to say about the Word. Some of it is wonderful and leads us to the feet of our Teacher. Some of it encourages slight or even profound compromises that, while seemingly good, actually distort and undermine the authority of the Gospel. It is becoming more and more important for us to stay sharp, know the Word, invest in our prayer life, and embrace the guidance of Holy Spirit. Without these, we will be swayed by the smooth talking of the world. I pray you have been made strong in Christ and that His image is seen in you in all that you do.

col1Colossians 1 (KJV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

2 Peter 3

Prayers & Encouragement In The Word

2 Peter 32 Peter 3 (KJV)

1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3

Promises & Encouragement In The Word

Ephesians 3Ephesians 3 (KJV)

1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Revelation 3

Promises & Encouragement In The Word

Revelation3Revelation 3 (KJV)

1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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