I seem to be on an organizing kick lately. It’s probably because of a book I’m reading that I will review shortly when I’m done with it. At any rate, I wanted to share another super helpful little thing that has been really good for me.
An on-going challenge for me is to do more in my prayer life. While I do have regular prayer time throughout my day and especially at my devotional time, this year I sought to be more organized with my prayers. That is, I didn’t want to neglect praying for someone simply because I forgot!
There are several really good prayer journals available. I do like the idea of having a separate notebook and keeping track of requests and answers to prayer. However, it has never really been practical for me. I am on the go so much that when a prayer request comes up or a burden pops into my mind, I honestly don’t have the time to hunt down my notebook and write it down and the pray. I had just done my best to pray right then and there, which is a good habit.
However, I forget about the requests very quickly. I needed a more convenient way to jot down requests and burdens and praises that would be organized almost immediately.
So I turned to technology. You may not be very tech savvy, and so this may not work for everyone. But it is a good option for those of us who use our phones or computers often throughout the day.
I use OneNote.
OneNote is a Microsoft app. If you have MS Office you may already have the program with the accompanying apps. That’s why I decided to use this app. I’m sure there are other similar programs out there that you might like as well. OneNote is compatible with all of my technology devices and it is connected to one account. That means that I can enter and retrieve information from my phone, my tablet, or my computer and all of my devices will sync. Perfect! So it doesn’t matter where I am or what device is handy, I can enter the prayer request!
Another aspect of OneNote that I like is that it uses a 3-tier notebook system. That is, I have one “Notebook” for my account. Within that, I can create as many “Notebooks” as I want. I have one for each major portion of my life: Homeschool, Blogging, Church, Household, Devotions…and one called “Prayer Journal”. It’s just a way to capture everything that comes my way throughout my days. This is a picture of the different notebooks I keep.
Within the Prayer Journal Notebook I have “Pages”, and I can have as many of those as I want: My Family, Extended Family, Church, Friends, Country, etc. And on those pages I have lists and sub-lists of people and burdens and praises that I can type in and about. It’s easy to add and delete as well, and it is easy to add a link or a photo or whatever makes it personal to you. In this screenshot, I’ve minimized the screen so that only my Prayer Journal is showing so that you can see the pages that I have currently and how many things you can add to each page.
So I look at one “Page” each day and try to pray over each item. One page in one day’s devotional time is a good chunk to keep up with. You can see that mine is quite long. Each page is very long. That’s a result of adding to it here and there for a long while.
I hope that is a help to you. Maybe a new idea or a way to track your prayer life through your busy days. There is no rule that says we must keep a prayer journal, but we are commanded to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). That is, we must continually be in an attitude of prayer, of dependence on God for His working in our lives. I hope this will help you in that endeavor.