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23 Creative Prayer Journal Ideas

Are you looking for some creative prayer journal ideas to break the monotony of your current prayer journal routine?

Prayer journaling is a great way to revamp your quiet time and help you connect with God during your prayer time.  

God is pleased when you seek him, and he promises that those who seek him with their whole hearts will find him (Jeremiah 29:13).

A daily prayer journal is a place where you pour your heart out to God and connect with him.  

When your prayer journal leads you to replenishing encounters with the Living God, it can become a powerful tool for spiritual growth.

But often, our prayer routine can become boring and monotonous – where are just going through the motions.

There are many different ways to approach a prayer journal.  You might respond to prayer prompts, pray God’s Word, use it as a gratitude journal, reflect on sermon notes, or write your prayer requests to the Lord.

Your heavenly Father wants to connect with you in a loving, dynamic relationship.  

The following prayer journal ideas can help you draw near to his heart and take your prayer journaling time to a new level.

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Prayer Journal Ideas

Remember that there is no wrong way to use a prayer journal.  The purpose of a prayer journal is to help you connect with the Lord.  

If you are growing in your relationship with God as a result of your prayer journal, you can rest assured that your journal is helping you.

As you read through the ideas below, think about dividing a notebook into prayer journal sections.  

You might separate different sections using washi tape or sticky notes.  This will help you stay organized as you write in different parts of your journal as a part of your daily routine.

Let’s explore 23 prayer journal prompts and ideas that will help you soak in God’s love.  

1. Write and Pray Scripture 

Praying Scripture can radically transform your heart and mind.  When we pray Scripture, we can rest assured that we are praying in alignment with God’s heart.  

Best of all, when our prayers align with God’s desires for us, we see miraculous answers to our prayers.

A good way to pray Scripture is to commit to a Bible reading plan.  You might read one chapter of the Bible per day or follow a different reading plan.  

Every day, write down the Bible verse that stands out to you most, and then write reflective thoughts and prayers about the verse.

2. Write, Study, and Pray Over Specific Words within Scripture

This idea can be used in conjunction with the preceding idea.  

After finding a verse that stands out to you in your daily Bible reading, look for a word within the verse that catches your attention.

Using an online resource such as, look up the Greek or Hebrew root word.  

Write down the meaning of the word in the original language.  Journal about the ways this word shines new light on your understanding of the verse.

3. Cross-Reference Bible Verses 

Studying Greek and Hebrew words can lead you on an interesting journey of cross-referencing Bible verses in your journal.  

Using an online resource, you will easily be able to find additional verses using your keyword.

Write and reflect on these verses.  This can be especially restorative when focusing on words that describe the character of God and his promises to us.   

4. Write Descriptive Prayers of Thanksgiving

Giving thanks changes the way our brains function and even enables us to relate to others in deeper ways.  

For this reason, beginning your quiet time by writing prayers of thanksgiving can open your neural networks and help you connect with God throughout your entire quiet time—and your entire day.

Write a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s gifts at the beginning of your journaling time each day, and you position yourself to soak in his goodness.  

Think of this prayer as a time to let your thoughts flow as you watch a parade of God’s gifts stream through your mind.  Writing about these gifts can nourish your soul.

5. Confess Your Sins in Your Prayer Journal

Confession is one of the more overlooked Christian disciplines.  Nevertheless, we are told to confess our sins to God so that he can heal and restore us.

After writing a prayer of thanksgiving, you might ask God to show you any moments in which you sinned against him throughout the previous day.  

Write prayers of confession and then receive God’s forgiveness.  Praise him that he freely forgives those who bring their sins into his light.

6. Pray Over a Prayer List of Names

Do you want to be more consistent in praying for your friends, family, and loved ones?  Create a section in your prayer journal in which you list the names of the people in your life.  

It can help to create a short list of people (five to ten people per day) for each day of the week.  

Write these names on one page (the front page of your journal can be a good place).  Every morning, pray over the people whose names are listed for that day of the week.  

This is a simple and easy way to remember to consistently pray for your loved ones.  

7. Pray for a Different Focus Area Every Day of the Week

If you could divide your priorities into seven categories, what would those categories include?  

Perhaps they would include work, immediate family, church family, friends, volunteer work, your relationship with God, extended family, volunteer work in your community, and more.  

Along with your prayer list of names, consider making a list of your seven top priorities in life.  Every day, ask God for guidance and pray over one of the focus areas.  

You might journal your prayers in a different part of your notebook or simply lift your requests to the Lord quietly.  

8. Write Your Prayers as Letters to God

It is often said that the Bible is God’s love letter to us.  Make it a point to write your thoughts and prayers as if you are writing letters directly to God.  

In addition to the ideas already listed, spend a few minutes telling God everything that’s on your heart by writing him a letter daily.  

This can be a powerful way to process your emotions and connect with the Lord.

9. Pray for Direction

When seeking God’s direction for important things and big decisions, write prayers to ask for direction.   Begin by writing a prayer to ask God for guidance in your specific situation.  

Then, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in as you seek direction.  Write down any thoughts that come to mind, testing whether they might be from God.  

Here are some ways to discern whether you are hearing from God: Your thought aligns with God’s character in Scripture; other believers affirm it; it is wise; it adheres to common sense; it brings a sense of peace; it stands the test of time.

10. Write Prayers of Gratitude

Consider using one section of your prayer notebook exclusively for writing daily prayers of gratitude.  

Unlike your daily prayers of thanksgiving, this can be more of an ongoing list of short descriptive blessings.

It might look more like a bullet journal.   Using bullets or numbers, begin listing the good things in your life.  

Add to the list daily.  Writing prayers of gratitude first thing can help set your whole day up for success.

11. Write as a Way of Lifting Your Burdens to God

Jesus invites us to draw near to him with our burdens, and he will give us rest (see Matthew 11:28-30).  

Consider your prayer journal a safe place where you can unload your burdens with the Lord.  

Write about your troubles and burdens in your journal.  God wants to lift your head and refresh your soul.  

Processing your burdens with God through writing can be deeply healing.

12. Pray Over Your Previous Day

Your prayer journal is an excellent place to reflect on the previous day and talk to God about the events that transpired.  

It can be helpful to ask God to show you where you missed the mark throughout the previous day.

Ask, “Lord, where did I miss your presence and your peace yesterday?  Show me what you want me to know.”  

God might show you times when your words, attitudes, or behaviors did not align with his heart.  

Write down anything that comes to mind, confess any sinful moments to God, and receive his healing forgiveness. 

13. Use Your Journal for Sermon Notes

A prayer journal is also an excellent place to write sermon notes.  You might designate a specific section exclusively for these notes.

Take your journal with you when you attend church or watch messages online.

Take notes in your journal, and you can return to them for reflection and personal application later.

14. Write Worshipful Prayers

God is pleased when we worship him.   Your prayer journal is the perfect place to write worshipful prayers to the Lord.  This is as simple as telling God everything you love about him.

Spend a few minutes journaling in this way every day, and God will fill your heart with unexplainable joy.  

15. Use Your Journal for Soaking Prayer

Similar to writing worshipful prayers, soaking prayer can be a deeply restorative practice.  Turn on worship music, rest with the Lord, and write down anything that comes to mind.

During times of soaking, your goal is not to accomplish anything measurable.  Simply rest with the Lord.  Your journal is available in case any thoughts come to mind.

16. Draw Illustrations on Blank Pages in Your Journal

Do you enjoy connecting with God through art?  Use blank journal pages to illustrate beautiful pictures, write artistic Bible verses, or sketch images that come to mind.  

There are no rules here.  God is delighted when we create with him.

17. Use a Simple Template to Pray the ACTS Method

The ACTS method of prayer stands for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.  Your prayer journal can help you pray through this method regularly.

Simply write a prayer according to each letter.  The Lord can use this method to bring balance and focus to your prayer life.

18. Create an Original Prayer Journal Template to Guide Your Prayers

If the ACTS method doesn’t resonate with you, create your own template to guide your prayers.  

What components of prayer are most important to you?  

Here are some ideas to choose from: worship, praise, thanksgiving, confession, soaking, resting, silence, petition, supplication, intercession, and stillness.

Select your own prayer method and use your journal to pray through these steps on a regular basis.

19. Write Biblical Prayers for Your Loved Ones

Using Scripture to guide our intercessory prayers for others can infuse our prayer lives with power.  Have you been struggling to discern how to pray for a loved one?

As part of your daily Bible reading, ask the Lord to show you a verse to pray over your loved one while you read.  

Then, write biblical prayers for your loved one in your journal.  Psalms and Proverbs are good places to start if you aren’t familiar with writing prayers based on Scripture.

20. Pray for a Different Leader Every Day of the Week

In addition to praying for our loved ones, we can pray for our leaders.  This includes praying for our pastors, government officials, work supervisors, children’s teachers, and other community leaders.  

Use your journal to pray over a different leader every day of the week.  Write prayers for God to guide these leaders while also drawing them deeper into his love.

21. Use Your Journal to Write Notes From Christian Books

Do you enjoy reading?  If so, your journal is the perfect place for recording quotes from your favorite authors.  

You might designate a specific section in your journal for quotes and write down quotes that touch your heart.

In the future, you will have quick access to your favorite quotes and won’t need to search through entire books to find them.

22. Keep Track of Answered Prayers

Consider designating a part of your journal specifically for keeping track of the prayers God has answered.   The back pages of the journal can be an excellent spot for these notes.

When God answers a prayer, write about it.  Include the date when he answered your prayer.  This list can give you hope in times of doubt and trouble in the future.

23 Creative Prayer Journal Ideas

23. Write Instead of Ruminating

Do you ever ruminate over your troubles?   Maybe you have imaginary conversations in your mind when facing conflict with friends and loved ones.  Perhaps you often lie awake at night worrying.

Instead of ruminating over conflicts and other problems, learn to turn to your prayer journal first.

 Write about your troubling situations and share your heart with the Lord.  Create space for him to offer wisdom and then leave these troubling situations in his trustworthy hands.  

God can use the journaling ideas above to transform every area of your life.  

If you want a deeper prayer life, a stronger relationship with God, and a sense of purpose and direction, starting a prayer journal is a great idea.   

Are you looking for some tools and tips to boost your prayer life? If so, be sure to visit our Prayer Resources Library where you’ll find everything you need to become a powerful prayer warrior!

We’ve explored lots of ways to pray today.  Don’t feel obligated to begin practicing all of these methods at one time.  You might simply pick one or two ideas and begin slowly.

Most of all, remember that God wants you to pray because he loves you.  

You are his precious child, and he wants a closer relationship with you.  Use your prayer journal as a tool for moving closer to him, and God can transform your heart and life.

If you run out of ideas, here is a list of 100 things to pray for that can jumpstart your creative juices when it comes to praying.

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