“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
After resting and spending some time just listening to God and searching my heart, I use these questions to review the last 24 hours of my life. I don’t journal the answers – I just use them as a guide and confess any areas that are evident to me through prayer.
Did I avoid doing something I should have done?
Did I fail God in any areas of personal conduct?
Did I miss an opportunity?
Was I honest in my dealings with others?
Were my thoughts pleasant?
Did I depend on myself or on God?
Was I wasteful of my time or money?
Did I honor God with my actions?
Let evil in conduct, thought, and motive be brought into the open fully without excuse & under proper names. He is faithful & just to fogvie. Search me, O God, and know my heart. Psalm 139
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquiry; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:5
I’m going to share with you a GREAT resource today! This post was the post that inspired me to start my prayer journal and gave me some ideas in doing so, so you’ll notice that many of the components are similar. As I looked back at it it writing this post, I’m noticing her section on “Scripture Prayers” which I love. I also love where she asks herself “why” when she petitions God for certain things to check her motives. That’s good stuff.
Today’s guest author is Mrs. Holly Bond. Mrs. Holly is one of the first people I remember meeting from Northwood. She is SUCH a joyful person. It overflows from her when you meet her, and I love that about her. She is on the prayer team at Northwood, and she lists my favorite scripture at the end of her writing today. She definitely is doing just what it says!
Here’s what Mrs. Holly has to share about her prayer time:
So, as I go throughout my day, I try to stay aware to the Spirit’s nudges. A news story may make me stop and say a formal prayer or something more frivolous may cause a “Mercy, Father” (Sometimes a “forgive them, they don’t know what they are saying or doing”.) I may think an unclean or worldly thought about it myself and I try to instantly ask for forgiveness. The “nudges” may be anything from sending an encouragement or scripture to someone to even getting on Facebook. (This has become a “praying field” for me.) Then I end my day with “Good night, Daddy”. A “thanks for being with me, and giving me another day.” This is when I pray specifically for my husband, children, grandson(now grandsons), Mother, Brothers (and their families), and Ernie’s sister (and her family), my Pastors(and their families) and my church. Sometimes this is just a “bless and I name the list”, then sometimes it’s more in depth. As the Spirit leads.
And finally, sometimes I have a “pray down/showdown”. This is when I turn up the worship music, ask God who needs prayer or just start praying in tongues. This is so satisfying ! I usually end up with my Bible in hand and a scripture for someone. If I feel led, I share this, if not, I continue to pray this over that person or situation as long as I feel lead to do so!
This last prayer time is the one that my puppies enjoy. They will dance and bark with me! When I sit and pray quietly, my Yorkie will get in my lap. On occasion, she will place a paw on my mouth! I like to think she is praying with me! Who knows? lol
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18New Living Translation (NLT) 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.