Four years ago, I founded an online support group for cancer patients and their families, which is named the Laugh at Cancer Support Community. Many times, I just listen to the members talk about their individual situation and we read the Bible together over the phone. However, I have had a few members asked me if I can teach them to pray, because most didn’t feel comfortable talking out loud to God. So, I admitted that I don’t pray out loud all the time either, instead I have kept a prayer journal for about ten years.
Use the talent that God gave you
Thankfully, a special woman named Ms. Annie gave me some helpful advice years ago about using the talent that God gave me. She encouraged me to write down my prayers to God, especially when I was a new Christian and in need of guidance. Whenever you pray, feel free play a musical instrument while praying or sing the prayer. This way, you are using your own talent to keep a close relationship with Jesus and God. Remember, that God knows your heart and you mind, so find a way to include him into your life every day in your own way.
Write what is in your heart
Never second guess yourself, instead always go with your own gut instinct and write what you feel led to discuss with God. Sometimes, it is easier to write down your feelings and thoughts, than it is to speak them out loud. You can open up your heart and let God know exactly what you feel and ask him to help you become a better person. Keeping a prayer journal will also help you obtain a closer relationship with your heavenly father and his son Jesus. No matter what you choose to write about in your prayer journal, be sure to remember to include Jesus Christ and repentance of your sins so God will hear you.
Don’t forget about Jesus
(In the Holy Bible, John 3:16 states , (KJV): “For God so loved that world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”)
Remember that Jesus Christ became mortal and lived among us, until he was crucified on the cross for your sins. You must believe that he is real and that he did died for your sins, as well as repenting of your sins. If you haven’t already, you must ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you, in order for you to begin a personal relationship with your heavenly father God. Every time you pray a loud or write in your prayer journal, you must start with “Dear God, I come to you in the name of Jesus and I repent of my sins that I have committed against you or others.” This way, you will have an open line of communication between you and God at all times and your sins are not blocking him from hearing you.
How to start keeping a journal
Keeping a Prayer Journal is something anyone can do, with just a regular notebook or you can buy a special journal to use. You may also want to keep your journal online like I do, so check into online diary programs that are easy to use. However, if you have a word program like Microsoft Office, you can use it to create an online prayer journal. No matter, if you choose to keep it online or offline, be sure you can keep it in a safe and secret place. Just remember, to keep it up-to-date and try to write in it every day, especially when you are struggling with trials and tribulations in your life.