Through the process of prayer journaling, it is my hope that we begin to improve our prayer lives.  This is Day 20 in a series of 30 posts about becoming an avid prayer journaler.  You can find all the days in this series here.

Most of us likely starting praying at a young age. Some of the first prayers you likely learned were possibly the Blessing at a meal.

“God is great, God is good, let him thank us for this food, by his hands we are fed, thank you Lord for daily bread. Amen”

Or you might have learned a nighttime prayer such as:

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen”

My husband and I taught our children to pray at a very young age by using some of these prayers.

Then there is the Model or Disciples prayer found in both the books of Matthew and Luke in the Bible. This is also known as the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

So, when you’re not sure what to pray think of these humble beginnings and how it doesn’t have to be complicated to be heard by God. The Lord wants to hear from us no matter what we have to say. Use your prayer journal to call on him, to praise him, to ask for his grace, to ask for his blessings, to intercede for others, to thank him, and so much more!

Today’s Prayer Journaling Prompt:  Write about your “ideal day”. What would you spend it doing? Describe it specifically.


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