Journal Prompts for your Prayer or Scripture Journaling


Journal Prompts for your Prayer or Scripture JournalingIn his book How to Keep a Spiritual Journal, Ron Klug said:

“I consider the time spent writing in my journal as Sabbath time – a time of rest and solitude, a time to come apart to be with God and to reflect on his Word, to search for his will, and to record the insights I receive. My journal has been the channel of many blessings” (p.17).


Journal Prompts for your Prayer or Scripture Journaling


Throughout the centuries, some of the greatest men and women of God have kept journals. But journaling isn’t just for spiritual giants. It’s for you and me.

If you find it hard to concentrate in your quiet time, a journal can help you focus on God and His Word.

Recording Scripture in a journal can help you remember and meditate on God’s promises.

If you have a desire to leave a record of your spiritual journey for your children or others, a journal is a great place to do so.

A journal can be a great place to capture ideas and pray for God’s timing and will.

It’s, also, a good place to record prayer lists, concerns and answers.


So What About You …


Do you keep a spiritual journal? Maybe you call it something else: a prayer journal, a Bible study notebook, or a Scripture journal.

Maybe you’ve thought about keeping a journal. You hear other people talk about it, but you think it would take too much time.

Maybe you hated writing in school and you can’t believe you’re even thinking about writing in a journal.

But a journal can be anything you want it to be. It can be handwritten or in an electronic format. Computers and tablets have dozens of apps and programs to fit every personality.

You can write a paragraph or a page, record a verse or a passage of Scripture, a prayer need or a prayer list. You can write everyday or only occasionally.


Here are Some Prompts to Try Out as You Journal or Experiment with Journal Keeping:


Start with the simple word “Yesterday …” then record the events of the day. At times this may lead into prayer for people or situations.

Use the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6.9-13) as an outline for prayer.

Write out a verse or short passage of Scripture. Then rewrite it in your own words.

Use an acronym like ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) as a prayer guide.

Since Jesus said that the greatest commandments are to love God and love others (Matt. 22.38-40), allow the Holy Spirit to help you examine the quality of your love by asking, “How did I do today? Was I patient? With whom was I impatient? Did I seek forgiveness from God and others? Was I kind? With whom was I unkind? …” working your way through the qualities of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13.4-8.

Select a verse of Scripture or character quality and turn it into a personal prayer. An example might be Philippians 2.14-15:

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

You might pray something like, “Lord, help me to do all things without grumbling and complaining. I want to have a good testimony so I can be a light shining in a dark world.”

Keep a list of goals or tasks.

Write down your biggest challenge and an appropriate verse of Scripture to help you respond in a way that’s pleasing to God.

Write out your prayer as a simple conversation with God.


These are just a few prompts to get you started.

Are you already a journaler? If so, what does your journal look like and what are some of your journal prompts?


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10 thoughts on “Journal Prompts for your Prayer or Scripture Journaling

  1. I have been journaling since 1986. I encourage the ladies I mentor to do so. I also look at this as a way to leave behind a part of me. Every December I go alone to find the perfect journal and pen. I actually write a letter and prayers in it to the Lord. Rarely do I miss a day because it is part of my devotions.

    • I agree, Lena. I journal on my computer now, but I find a beautiful blank journal almost unresistible and sometimes think about going back to pen and paper. So glad you were here this morning!

  2. What wonderful prompts! I especially like the “love” prompt – “… working your way through the qualities of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13.4-8.”

    I’ve kept a journal for more than 25 years – It’s fascinating to go back to read the thoughts and desires I expressed to God when I was a young mum…

    One thing that shines whenever I look through my prayer journals? HE IS Faithful. Has been. Is. and Will be.

  3. While I don’t journal every day, I do have one. I like to record Scripture memory verses or topical verses in it. I also jot down notes when I’m studying a book of the Bible or topic on my own. I used to be more consistent about writing down prayers – I really need to return to that practice. Every so often I will journal about what God is doing in my life or something like that.

    Thanks for encouraging us to journal at the Literacy Musing Mondays linkup! 🙂

    • I know it’s been a great blessing in my life. Somehow it helps me connect with God. But the important thing is, it can be anything we want it to be. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting each week.

    • I’m glad you found the suggestions helpful, Karen. I agree it’s important to keep things fresh. I used to frustrate myself trying to have a “system” that always worked for me, but finally realized that God wants things real and relational. I’m so glad He was patient with me! Blessings!

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