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On the ledge above my kitchen sink, among the homemade clay creations and unclaimed Legos, there sits a little, blue, dog-eared notebook.
At first glance, it may seem to be one of the many notebooks that all families have scattered throughout their homes. Yet this one actually chronicles some amazing events.
A good renter for our Illinois home. Support needed for an upcoming missions trip. Wisdom for decisions about a job. A friend with cancer who finally received a good report. A much loved grandmother who was called home to be with her Savior.
This little blue notebook is my prayer journal. Each page tells a story — the story of how God is working in our lives. Whenever I hear of or I am asked to pray for a certain request, I try to pencil it in on the “Current Needs” page. This is the page that has frequent notations of when the prayer was answered.
Often it’s answered differently than how I had originally prayed. Often my prayers for a certain request change over time as God changes my heart and my will.
Busyness is a frequent topic that mothers address. But prayer is something for which busyness is not an excuse. Truly, we have time for whatever is important to us. Some of my most diligent praying is done while I fold laundry or while I lie awake at night. Insomnia can be a gift from God – ask the Lord to place in your mind the people who need prayer at that moment.
In the daylight hours, while I work at my kitchen sink, I pray as I read through one page after another. Interminable time at the sink can be a wonderful opportunity for purposeful prayer.
Some pages of my kitchen sink prayer journal have regular additions for current needs.
But each one of my family members has their own page and many of those requests stay the same year after year: salvation, a heart of wisdom, purity, a future spouse.
Other pages are devoted for ministries we support: integrity and guidance for the leaders, provision for financial needs.
Some pages have entries regarding people whose names I never knew or cannot recall: a lady I witnessed to at the county fair, a mother who I prayed with in the pediatric surgery waiting room. The Lord knows their names and hears my prayers.
If you have never done so, today would be the perfect time to start a simple prayer journal of your own.
- Make sure some pages are devoted to specific character issues in your own life that need work
- Don’t neglect to leave some pages for thankfulness
- Keep it simple and leave plenty of room for more requests and also for answers to prayer
- Have great faith and be persistent because you will see results
God always keeps His promises and He tells us in James 5:17 (NKJV),
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Make time for prayer – whether while you’re folding socks or reading your prayer journal at the kitchen sink. Then step back and be prepared to watch God work.
Adapated from an article originally posted at Tolivers To Texas