Morning Glory, Evening Grace Devotional
20 Prayer Journal Prompts
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Write a love letter to God.
4. Tell God how much you love him and praise him for who He is. Hold the prayer as a “praise only” prayer.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Write a prayer on behalf of a loved one. Thank God for them and describe your thoughts about this person to God.
9. 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.
10. Pray a prayer of blessing over someone you love.
11. Pray for your enemies. (Whew, easier said than done, right?)
12. 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.
13. Use a list of the names of God to write a prayer of thanks for who he is.
15. 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.
16. 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)
17. 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.
18. Rewrite your church prayer list needs and pray over them, asking God to meet those needs.
19. 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.
20. Copy the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Then rewrite the prayer using your own words.
I think we’ve all said before “I’m not sure what to write.” No matter for what reason. My hope is that you’ll enjoy this list of prayer journal prompts and find yourself with plenty of ideas to write out your prayers to God.
10 prayers that draw me closer to God
1. God, be Lord of my life today. Have total and complete control of me and my life. Take my heart for Your own.
2. I bow to You, Lord Jesus. I acknowledge you as my Lord and King.
3. Heavenly Father, keep me from sinning against You today.
4. Jesus, let Your government increase in my life today.
5. Help me to abide in Jesus.
6. Make me a woman/man of Your Word and of prayer.
7. Set a watch on my mouth. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I’m even tempted to say anything that’s not from You.
8. Make me like You. Conform me to the image of Christ. More than anything else, give me godly character.
9. Give me wisdom.
10. Father, use my life to glorify Yourself. Please have all the glory in my life.
What Should We Pray For?
One way to answer this question is to look at what the early church prayed for. Here is a list gathered from the New Testament. It can guide you in how you pray. I suggest that periodically you pray through this list just to test whether your prayers are leaving out anything the New Testament included. We don’t have to pray all of these each time we pray. But over time it would be good if our prayers had the breadth and depth of the New Testament prayers.
They called on God to exalt his name in the world.
Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (Matthew 6:9)
They called on God to extend his kingdom in the world.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10 )
They called on God that the gospel would run and triumph.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
They called on God for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
They called on God to vindicate his people in their cause.
And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (Luke 18:7)
They called on God to save unbelievers.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1)
They called on God to direct the use of the sword.
Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying through all prayer and supplication on every occasion. (Ephesians 6:17–18)
They called on God for boldness in proclamation.
Pray at all times in the Spirit . . . and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:18–19)
And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness. (Acts 4:29)
They called on God for signs and wonders.
And now Lord . . . grant your servants to speak thy word with boldness . . . while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus. (Acts 4:30)
Elijah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit. (James 5:17–18)
They called on God for the healing of wounded comrades.
Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up. (James 5:14–15)
They called on God for the healing of unbelievers.
It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery; and Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. (Acts 28:8)
They called on God for the casting out of demons.
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” (Mark 9:29)
They called on God for miraculous deliverances.
So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. . . . When he realized [he had been freed], he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. (Acts 12:5, 12)
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake. (Acts 16:25–26)
They called on God for the raising of the dead.
But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. (Acts 9:40)
They called on God to supply his troops with necessities.
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
They called on God for strategic wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)
They called on God to establish leadership in the outposts.
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed. (Acts 14:23)
They called on God to send out reinforcements.
Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38)
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:2–3)
They called on God for the success of other missionaries.
I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints. (Romans 15:30–31)
They called on God for unity and harmony in the ranks.
I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:20–21)
They called on God for the encouragement of togetherness.
[We are] praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith. (1 Thessalonians 3:10)
They called on God for a mind of discernment.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:9–10)
They called on God for a knowledge of his will.
And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Colossians 1:9)
They called on God to know him better.
They called on God for power to comprehend the love of Christ.
I bow my knees before the Father . . . that you may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:14, 18–19)
They called on God for a deeper sense of assured hope.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:16, 18)
They called on God for strength and endurance.
They called on God for a deeper sense of his power within them.
They called on God that their faith not be destroyed.
I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. (Luke 22:32)
Watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
They called on God for greater faith.
They called on God that they might not fall into temptation.
Lead us not into temptation. (Matthew 6:13)
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)
They called on God that he would complete their resolves.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
They called on God that they would do good works.
[We have not ceased to pray for you that you] lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10)
They called on God for forgiveness for their sins.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
They called on God for protection from the evil one.
Deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:13)
Websites all Mother Hens can use:
The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Children This School Year
by Kelly King, Click here for the full article
As you send your children off to school this year with new backpacks, lunch boxes and tennis shoes, here are a few specific ways you can pray for your child.
- Pray for them to be respectful of authority. Pray they will learn to listen and obey their teachers. As they learn how to respect others, they will learn how to respect God and obey Him.
- Pray for them to treat others as you want others to treat your child. Help them develop sensitivity to others who are left out or might be different. Pray for your children to develop a love for others now because we need them to love our world with the Gospel.
- Pray for your children to have a hunger for learning—however that might look for them. Do not compare your child to others or shame them because they don’t make straight As. Discover your child’s learning strengths and help them find ways to learn in that strength.
- Pray for your child’s teacher. Be their advocate. Teaching is difficult work, and the ones who teach do it because they believe in the next generation. Listen to their counsel and partner with them to help your child be successful in school. By the way, it doesn’t hurt to surprise them with a gift card or school supplies once in awhile too.
- Pray for your child to be caught when guilty. This isn’t always an easy prayer, but helping your child develop honesty and integrity throughout their education will result in adults who have character.
- Finally, pray your child will be light in a dark place. Pray for them to share Christ with others and look for opportunities to stand against cultural pressures that go against your Biblical worldview. As scripture says, pray they will be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.
“I’ve learned a few important realities when it comes to passive parenting. There are some dangers involved in allowing this to continue indefinitely. ” Check out these 4 Problems, 4 Solutions. Helpful ideas to incorporate today. Found on Christin Slade: Encouraging and Equipping Women
Learners and Leaders who Love God
Passing the baton of faith – here are some great ideas from Pam and Bill Farrel:
- Choose one verse to pray over your child’s life for the year.
- Choose one leadership trait to focus on and equip your child to possess by year’s end.
- Create a contract with privileges and responsibilities.
This helps your child know what your family stands for! Read more at this link: Parenting-learners-and-leaders-who-love-god
10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make
Based on the book by Pam and Bill Farrel
I listened to Pam and Bill on Focus on the Family (9/25/14).
Their advice was well thought out and so helpful.
For the complete list of the 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make, click here: Parenting 10 best decisions
- 1. Decide to be proactive
- 2. Decide to be consistent
- 3. Decide character counts
- 4. Decide to have a plan
- 5. Decide to be creative
- 6. Decide to be a student of your child
- 7. Decide to partner with God
- 8. Decide to build a network
- 9. Decide to trust
- 10. Decide to celebrate
Visit the Farrel’s website: www.love-wise.com
40 Prayers to Pray for Your Husband
We have such a huge impact on our husband’s life and our family’s legacy by simply turning to prayer. Turn to the all powerful, life changing, uninterrupted connection to our Lord and Savior through prayers like this:
Lord, lead him to the work You would have him do. May he bring You into every aspect of his work. Where there is anything not glorifying to You, convict him and then supply him the courage to make the necessary changes. May he commit to you whatever he does, so his plans may succeed.(Pr. 16:3) May he “be strong and courageous, and do the work.” May he not be afraid or discouraged, knowing You, the Lord God, are with him. You will not fail or forsake him. (1 Chr.28:20) May he do whatever You have him do with all his heart, as working for You and not for man. (Col.3:23)
For a complete list of prayers, go to: On a Faithful Feat by Kayleen
Identity Messages for Your Kids
1. You are a child of God. See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (I John 3:1, NIV)
2. You may participate in the divine nature. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4)
3. You have a mighty God who is for you…not against you. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
4. You have been crucified with Christ and you no longer live, but Christ lives in you. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
5. You have access to the throne of God – where you can receive mercy and find grace. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
The Mission of Motherhood, Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity, by Sally Clarkson
Take time with the Lord to help determine what to cut out of our life and what to add.
It gives perspective on how to proceed with life.
- Schedule a personal planning time to evaluate your own goals. Write down your goals for your family. Write down your goals for each child. Consider how you are falling short of your goals. Plan specifically how you can do better and what you need to do in the next six months to move toward your goals. Then spend time in prayer, committing this plan to the Lord.
- Put pictures of your family or favorite snapshots of the kids in a prominent place where you can see them during your prayer times. Use these pictures as a joyful reminder as you pray for your family or as you plan the priorities of your life.
- Buy a book for each child. In each, write the story of the child’s birth and his or her first few months of life. Add to this journal each year on their birthday to document all of the ways they have grown and to highlight the special events that took place in their lives. You can either share these journals with your children as they grow or save them as a gift for their twenty-first birthday.
God inhabits the praises of His people!
For Scripture to meditate on, click here:
A Perpetual Calendar–Using Mama Hen’s daily Scripture
Blessings for children, printable to business card paper stock