How to Have an Organized Prayer Life

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Inside: Step by step instructions on how to make a prayer journal and notebook. These tools will help you organize your prayer life!

Sometimes I fall asleep when I’m praying.

I also get distracted by the laundry that I didn’t finish, the children who are arguing, and the random thought about what we should eat for dinner.  I know that it’s important to spend time with God, but often my mind doesn’t cooperate.

Then there are the prayer requests I forget. I have every intention of covering that person in prayer but by the time I get to my quiet time during the day, I can’t remember what they needed. And then there are times when someone gives me a word from God. In that moment it means the world to me but weeks later I struggle to recall the encouraging words.

Can you relate?

Related: How to keep track of prayer requests

I realized that it boiled down to a lack of discipline and organization. I’m guessing you struggle with the same thing. So today I want to show you how to make a prayer journal and notebook to help you stay focused, consistent, and more effective with your prayers.

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How to Make a Prayer Journal 

Making a prayer journal is a simple and easy way to get focused and motivated in your prayer life. All you need is a journal (or paper) and something to write with.  Yes, it’s that simple.  My favorite place to get journals is DaySpring.

I use my prayer journal for my personal prayers.  The pages are filled with my heartaches, tears, worries, and praises to God. I like to think of my prayer journal as a collection of conversations with my heavenly Father.

A few tips to get you started:

  1. When you sit down to write, don’t edit or hold back. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Fill the pages with your thoughts, feelings, and anything else you want God to know.
  2. Write down your prayer requests, dreams, and goals.
  3. Copy down quotes, scriptures, and anything else you feel God speak to your heart. These will be a great encouragement to you when times get hard.

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How to Make a Prayer Notebook

While my prayer journal helps me with my own personal prayers, I knew that I needed something else to help me remember to pray for others and to stay consistent in other biblical disciplines.  That’s when I created a prayer notebook.  This notebook has radically changed my prayer and devotion time. I grab my journal, notebook, and Bible and I’m ready to wage war against the devil.

Here’s How I Organized my Prayer Notebook

The first part of my notebook has a section for my spiritual growth plan for the year.  I write out a vision statement, goals, and priorities for the year.  After that section, I have my dividers and lots of paper behind each one.

Reading Log

I like to pick a theme each year to focus on for spiritual growth. Then I sit down and make a list of books/Bible studies on that topic. I usually have way more books than I can read in a year on my list, but having it already together means I don’t waste time trying to figure out what I’m going to read or study next.

Scripture Memory Log

Memorizing scripture is a great way to enhance your prayer life.  The best way to be successful in memorizing verses is to have a plan. I make a list of the verses that I want to memorize during the year and keep them in my prayer notebook. This way I can look them over every day during my devotions.

Gratitude Journal Page

Keeping a list of all my blessings is a great way to encourage myself during hard times. I often struggle with doubt and unbelief. Remembering all the things I am grateful for really helps me when I feel discouraged.

Bible Reading Plan 

Having a plan for reading my Bible helps me stay focused and grow in faith. To save time, I like to create my own reading plans at the beginning of each month based on a topic that I want to learn more about.

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Prayer Sections

This is the meat of my prayer notebook. I have a page where I keep a list of all prayer requests. Another page with the ACTS prayer acronym to help me stay focused while I pray. I also have my prayer journal prompts here.

This is also the section where I write out my prayers for my children, family, and other people. Here’s my daily prayer schedule:

  • Sunday: my home
  • Monday: ministry (that includes you) and finances
  • Tuesday: extended family and friends
  • Wednesday: missions
  • Thursday: unbelieving family and friends
  • Friday: government, social justice, and news events
  • Saturday: my church and its leaders

Bible Study

I keep my Bible study notes and printables here. When I do word studies, character studies, or a study with my church all my notes go here. I keep sermon notes here as well.

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  1. Keeping requests organized is an important part of effective prayer. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction, and for sharing with Grace & Truth!

  2. I think organizing prayers is great and I know I need to start this right away. There are always so many people and things to pray about and its important to keep it all organized and also list the answer to the prayers. I have journaled for years and have tons of journals from different times in my life. Its always such a blessing to look on how the Lord changed me and how good He is to me. I’m your neighbor at Grace and Truth.

  3. I love the prayer journal and I just need to start it up again.

  4. What great ideas! I am always trying to find a way to organize my prayer life so that I will be more deliberate about it. Thank you for sharing this information!

  5. Hi! Visiting from Holley’s blog.

    You’ve shared some great ideas with us! I’m not quite as organized as that, but I’ve been writing my prayers out in a journal for years. I can’t stay focused otherwise. Thanks for these tips to kick things up a notch!

  6. Wow this sounds awesome! If we don’t have a plan, it won’t happen!

  7. I love prayer journals. I have tried to keep them in the past but failed to keep it up. You have inspired me to try again.Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup.

  8. Thanks soon much for your creative sharing. I am being led to grow my prayer ministry. This will help toward that goal. Keep up the learning journey. Fresh every day!!!

  9. I love prayer journaling. It helps me to stay focused during praying but then it also allows me to look back at past prayers and realize the many ways God has interceded on my behalf. Prayer journaling also allows for greater self-reflection as well because then I’m able to look back at thoughts and emotions I was having to see if patterns have taken place that need to be shifted. Great tips to add to my prayer time! God bless!

  10. This is really great! I do some of these things, but I am not this organized and I never realized it. Before reading this I thought I was organized… Ha Ha! Great tips, I will be implementing them today! Visiting from #RaRa Link up! Pinned to a few good group boards. Many Thanks! 8)

  11. Thank you for sharing all these great tips for how to set up a prayer journal. I especially liked the page you mentioned for including the Scripture Memory Log and Reading Log.

  12. Love all the insight and examples! You explained it very well and I have some great tips to incorporate into my own gratitude journal that I keep. Thanks for sharing all the sections in your prayer book.

  13. Constanza PEDRAZA says:

    I am looking for ways to encourage my time with God. Many times I do not give priority to my prayer or my devotional time. I have to work hard and I have two children of 2 and 5 years old.

  14. Wow! You really have an organized system and a great blueprint for keeping things in the front of your mind during quiet times.

    I love it when I find an old journal I have written my prayers into and see God’s footprints in my life through answered prayers.

    Thank you for this post!

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