I am just a paper and pen kind of girl. Digital has it’s place for me, and I utilize it in many, many ways – but I used paper planner, paper journals, and a good ole paper Bible. I’m not saying my way is the only way – but it’s what I love, and it’s what works for me. I just encourage you to find what works for you… whatever excites you and makes you want to dive into God’s word and spend intentional time in prayer with Him.
The journal I’m currently using is just a simple insert that was made for a Traveler’s notebook. Foxy Fix is the brand, and I ordered it when I ordered my TN for my birthday this past year. It’s not my favorite insert notebook, but it works well enough. It came in a pack of three so it’s lasted me a little bit. My favorites are the Moleskine Volant-style and May Designs books. I use it kind of like a bullet journal with an index, and I’ve also added dividers (by washi-taping the edges of a few pages) and tabs to organize it a bit more and help me find specific pages easily. I like to decorate it with stickers too. (My favorites have been The Happy Planner Faith collection.)
Again – none of these fancy things are necessary. You can use the notes app on your phone or grab a composition notebook at the grocery store, and it will work just fine. I like the idea of journaling prayers, even if just in list-form, because you will be able to see how He answers them over time. I’m a list-girl, and there’s nothing more satisfying to me than checking something completed off a list. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it’s really really exciting to check off an answered prayer and praise God that something is no longer a struggle or He did what He said He was going to do.
Today’s Page of my journal that I’m sharing is called “Daily Prayers”.
These are scriptures I’ve found throughout my daily Bible readings that I thought may be good scriptures to pray every day and focus my mind on what I am doing. It sets the tone for my time in prayer. It’s also quotes from books or things I’ve found that do the same thing. I’ve just added a page of these to my journal, and I start here usually. It’s a short, but ongoing list that I add to as I feel the need.
May I be careful to maintain a constant habitual, sense of Thee in my mind; to live and act as in Thy Presence; to think often of Thee. May I ever remember that I am in the presence of the great and Holy God.
Give me a new heart, and put a new spirit in me. Remove my heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh. Put your spirit in me, and move me to follow your decrees and be careful to keep your lawas. Ezekial 36:26-27
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51: 10-11
Help me to be filled with the spirt. Ephesians 5: 18
Show me, Change me, Fill me!
Today, our special guest is my dad -David Keen. He is the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Louisville. He is truly one who is a servant of God and has such a heart for ministry. He loves people, especially his church family. He is always on the go – and most of the time it’s to help or visit with someone in the church. He is there to encourage them and pray for them, and he does his job well. Today, he’s here to share with us the simplicity of what it means to pray and how he does that each morning.
In the morning, before the world comes crashing in. Before the phone rings, Before the noise of the day begins… It is time to begin a conversation with God. I’ve always liked the ACTS prayer method. It may sound simple, but that’s me.
A – Adoration (speaking how much I adore God and all He does)
C – Confession (simply cleaning the slate… forgiveness, starting my day anew)
T – Thanks (This may take a while… thanking God for salvation, family, blessings… of life.)
S – Supplication (The needs of the day, direction, guidance, help, strength, etc.)
My normal prayer life consists of one special request… “Lord, use me today.” (and He usually does, whether I see it or not.)
My prayer life continues all day… riding in the car, Wal-mart, sitting in a deer stand, walking down the halls of a hospital, or studying God’s word.
Without prayer, we are powerless… we need the connection to the Father. Without prayer, we would continue wandering in the wilderness of this world.
Prayer really does change things!