- Write about a time when you really felt God’s presence in your life.
- Commit to making time for God. Think of all the ways you can make time for God.
- “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). What does this verse mean to you?
- My favorite scripture passage is? If you don’t have one, spend a few minutes looking in the Bible for one.
- Right now do you feel close to or far away from God? Why do you feel this way?
- I really want God to……
- Think back on your day. When did you see God today?
- List all the things you believe about God. Pick one to be your mantra for today.
- In His perfect timing, God will…..
- Picture God sitting across from you or next to you. He is looking right at you. What does He say to you?
- I define prayer as……… I pray because………
- God is in the business of changing hearts. I pray that God changes the heart of…….
- Oh God, I praise you! Make a list of all the names you can call God. For example, You are my provider. You are my healer. You are my joy etc. Spend the next few minutes praising God.
- Imagine God is sitting next to you or across from you. He looks you in the eyes. What do you say to Him?
- I would be more happy today if…….
- My prayer for my child or children is…..
- My prayer for my spouse is ……….
- Today resolve to forgive. Write a letter to someone you need to forgive offering forgiveness to them.
- She who knees before God, can stand before anyone. What does this mean to you?
- What do you see when you pray? How do you imagine God? Write a vivid picture of what you think God looks or feel like. Where are you? What do you smell, feel, taste, see?
- Imagine you are in the crowd and Jesus is passing by. You cry out “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.” He stops, finds you in the crowd and say “What would you have me do?” What do you say to him?
- List 5 things you are truly grateful for. Under those 5 write down what it is about them that makes them stand out.
- Write down 3 things you can start doing today to draw closer to God.
- Think of a time God answered your prayers. Write about it.
- One gift that I truly want right now is the gift of ……………
- With God all things are possible. What things are possible for you with God by your side?
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
What are you thankful for today?
How can you show kindness to your brother or sister today?
Choose a Bible verse to memorize this week. Tell me why you picked this verse.
Who is Jesus to you?
Why should you study the Bible?
Spiritual Discipline Prompts:
Make a list…
- What are you grateful for in this moment?
- A to-do list for the day, and then mark priorities
- People to pray for who do not have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ
- Goals: for your private life, your career, or in the spiritual disciplines
- Something you see
- What you hear
- How you feel
- A food or drink you tasted
- A place you visited
- A person you met
- Your struggles
- Your joys
- Your losses
- A beautiful poem
- A meaningful quote
- An inspiring illustration or story
- Ideas to incorporate in your work
- Ideas to decorate or arrange your home
- Your travels, through a day or through a year
- Random ideas you may want to consider when you have more time
- The path you traveled that day
- A conversation you had with God
- Exciting news
- Upsetting or sad news
- Thoughts on a book, a blog, or a podcast
- Meaningful daily events
- A funny story
- Your testimony
- A conversation
- What you want to say to someone else, but you know this would not be wise. Pray through your response with God, asking for his perspective.
- A sermon, perhaps key ideas or principles
- A book or article you read
- During and/or after significant life transitions
- A decision you must make
- What is depressing you
- What brings you joy
- What gives you energy
- What drains your energy
- Your day’s journey
- Your favorite music/podcast/book/television series
- Your limitations and how to live in spite of them
- Your temptations and how to avoid them
- A personal trial
- A treasured victory
- Ways to serve your loved ones, friends, and work colleagues
- A testimony of God’s faithfulness that day/week/year
- A scripture to meditate on throughout the day
- An application from a devotional on which to focus
- Prayers of response to what was read or studied in scripture
- A scripture God brings to mind during the day in answer to your pleas or in a time of need
- Insights or questions on a passage
- Convictions on how to apply a biblical principle or verse
- Questions about God himself
- …His character
- …His ways of interacting with the world
- Questions you want to ask God
- …When you do not understand what He is doing
- …When He seems far away
- …When a dream has been destroyed
- …When you are experiencing a life you didn’t sign up for
- Questions about the Bible
- Questions about whatever is confusing
- Adorable things children say or do
- Inspirational quotes
- Important family events and/or dates
- Significant events in the lives of loved ones
- A time when you laughed and who you were with
- How someone encouraged you
- How you encouraged someone else
Relating to prayer:
- Favorite prayers from church history
- Meaningful liturgical prayers from your faith tradition
- Prayers for your calling and/or ministry
- Prayer requests from others and your prayers for them
- Answers to prayer
- Confession of sin
- Prayers about your hurts, fears, or compulsions
- Prayers reflecting your longings and the desires of your heart
- Prayers about your anger, loneliness, or a crisis
- Prayers for loved ones
- Prayers for missionaries close to your heart
- A prayer response to something the Holy Spirit impressed on you
- Outline your day and pray through it with your Heavenly Father
- Concerns relating to health, work, finances, or other struggles
- Family pictures (print one occasionally instead of keeping all of them digital)
- Movie ticket stub, including insights from the movie and/or whom you went with
- Clippings from a paper or magazine
- Pictures from a catalog
- Drawings, of your own or from your children
- Collage you create of your goals
- An article or essay that affected you
- Photocopies or printouts of special stories/illustrations
- Pictures of places and experiences
- Photos with a caption
- Notes or cards from loved ones or friends
- Encouraging emails from loved ones or friends
- Compose a song, poem, or story
- Sketch an image of one of your day’s experiences
- Sketch a drawing to express your emotional state
- Put down on paper whatever will not stop swirling around in your mind
- Attach a printout of one of your favorite hymns
PRAYER JOURNAL PROMPTS:
- Rewrite a favorite Scripture in prayer. Highlight the sentences or words of a passage that stand out in your mind and rewrite it back to God. You can see an example of this style in A Prayer to Remember God is Bigger.
- Write a thank you note for something for which you feel especially blessed. Use words or phrases as if you are talking to your best friend.
- Write a love letter to God.
- Tell God how much you love him and praise him for who He is. Hold the prayer as a “praise only” prayer.
- Write out a list of thanks for everyday things and pray the list to God. When I’m struggling with circumstances outside of my control, this type of prayer works wonders.
- Copy a meaningful prayer that someone else has written into your prayer journal. The exercise of writing it in your handwriting provides your brain a way to remember the meaning.
- Write out a prayer of praise for all God has accomplished in your life. Just make a list of the times you’ve seen him work and thank him for it.
- Write a prayer on behalf of a loved one. Thank God for them and describe your thoughts about this person to God.
- Surrender all your thoughts to the Lord by writing out a prayer of giving yourself to him. You may want to list things you hold the most dear and hold them up to him with open hands in full trust.
- Pray a prayer of blessing over someone you love.
- Pray for your enemies. (Whew, easier said than done, right?)
- Take a prayer walk outside and for everything you see, give thanks. Nature gives us much to praise God for. After taking your walk, grab your journal and plop down in a field or on a park bench. Write out words of praise to God for his creation.
- Use a list of the names of God to write a prayer of thanks for who he is.
- Use the ch@t guide or one of these 5 ways to keep a prayer journal.
- Write out a prayer for the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40) and ask God to show you your part in ministering to the homeless, disabled, or the elderly. Ask God to specifically show you the special needs you can meet right where you are.
- Write out a prayer of confession. If you’re uncomfortable writing down specifics in your journal, write them on a piece of paper and then destroy it, knowing that Jesus has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
- List out your priorities or decisions you must make in the next week. Give them to God and ask him to lead you every step of the way.
- Rewrite your church prayer list needs and pray over them, asking God to meet those needs.
- Use a journal entry to pray for your local leaders, community, church and business. Write out any specific needs of which you are aware and give them to God.
- Copy the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Then rewrite the prayer using your own words.
Bible ournaling prompts:
- Beginnings can be exciting! What new chapter in your life are you about to begin? What have you recently started that you are excited about? What are you hopes for the future? Tell God about it—he wants to be involved in your life.
2.God has chosen and gifted you with a wonderful set of skills, knowledge, and abilities unique to you—and he wants you to use those gifts to bring him praise. What talents and skills do you possess? What knowledge would you like to grow in? How are you planning to use this to honor God?
- Forgiveness. Is it easy or hard? That likely depends on whether you are the one doing the forgiving or receiving it. Why do you think forgiving someone can be so difficult? Who do you need to forgive? When have you received the incredible gift of forgiveness?
- When your heart is broken, it might feel as if life cannot move forward. It can almost seem hard to breathe. But God understands. He wants to hear from you, be close to you, and save you. He loves you more than you can possibly comprehend! Pour out your heart to him, and let him comfort and love you.
- God is like a potter, and we are like the clay. He molds us as he wills. What process does clay have to go through before it can be turned into a masterpiece? In what areas of your life do you feel God is especially hard at work right now?
- You make decisions every day, often without thinking much about it. Cereal or eggs for breakfast? Finish homework or hang with friends? Be grumpy or kind to the family? And some decisions are crossroads which will affect the rest of your life. What major decision do you have to make? Spend some time journaling your options; then pray about it and let god give you his peace.
- Just as the Israelites did in Ezekiel’s day, people today sometimes say God isn’t just or life isn’t fair. They ask how God could send people to hell—especially those who try to do good. The truth is that everyone has sinned, and all deserve punishment. It is only through God’s grace and Jesus’ sacrificial death that people can ask for forgiveness and be saved. How do you define justice? How do you define grace?
Describe a time in your life where God has rescued you. Do you believe He’ll do it again?
Write a scripture that brings you peace. What is God saying to you?
Describe a time where you believed God spoke to you.
Write a prayer of surrender to God.
How can you be bold and courageous for the Lord.
Be still. What is God telling you now?
How can you serve God better?
How can you be a light to others in a dark world?
Describe a time when God used a bad situation for your good.
What do you feel God is asking you to change?
What do you imagine heaven will be like?
When do you feel most distant from God?
How are you hurting others with your pride?
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a season for everything. What season are you in right now?
Write out the lyrics of a Christian song or hymn that brings you joy.
Write a scripture that brings you joy. How can you apply it to your life?
Describe a blessing that happened this week.
Write a Psalm of worship to God.
Do you find it hard to apologize? If so, why?
The bible specifically speaks of joy, not happiness. In what way are they different?
Are you self-righteous about something? What can you do about it?
What are the character attributes you think a Christian should have?
When you get offended by something how does your pride react?
Pick a bible character. What can we learn from his/her life?
What do you need to confess to God?
Write a letter of forgiveness to an enemy.
Is there something that you haven’t forgiven yourself for? How can you receive the healing of the Lord?
Write 5 scripture verses that make you feel strong and courageous.
What does forgiveness look like?
If you are struggling though something, what do you think God wants to you to learn?
List all the needs God is currently meeting.
What do you love most about your church family?
What does God say about pride (see the scriptures)?
Describe someone in your life who exemplifies humility.
What are your God-given gifts and talents? How can you use them to advance the Kingdom?
Who or what do you need to forgive?