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I have started a prayer journal and have to put short term and long term requests. What should I write?
Thank you for asking your question about prayer.
I am pleased that you are wanting to pray and are using a prayer journal to help you in your prayer life.
When it comes to filling in different boxes, including long and short term goals, you can put as many or as few items as you like. Indeed, you may wish to put nothing now and fill it in later as you get used to daily prayer. I would also encourage you to check back for prayer that has been answered! God will answer prayer with a yes, no or not yet!
I do believe that, the more you pray, the more likely it is that God will guide you in what to pray for. Perhaps God will speak to you directly or give you an impression within as to what to pray for. If and when this happens, put it in your prayer journal.
You will also find that matters for prayer will highlight themselves. Perhaps as you talk to family members and friends they will mention things for you to pray. Again, if and when this happens, write it in your prayer journal.
Most of all, and it may seem obvious, it is important for us to pray! It is possible for us to get buried under items and planning, but we must make the time for decent, hopeful and joyful prayer. Make a daily habit of it. Some people prefer praying in the morning, others prefer in the evening. You may find you have an opportunity to pray during your lunch hour. Whatever works for you, but pray!
I want to also encourage you to read Bible passages about prayer. Consider some of these to guide you in your prayers:
The Lord's Prayer
"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
"Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil". (Matthew 6:5-13) (ESV))
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1 (NKJV))
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26 (NAS))
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 (ESV))
In summary, I believe that as you speak to God in prayer, he will guide you and he will answer prayer. When this happens, be encouraged and write things down in your prayer journal. Over time, as you look back in your journal, you will be amazed at the number of good things that God has done!
Here are some additional verses for your consideration:
- James 1:5
- Galatians 5:22-23
- 1 Timothy 2:1-2
- James 4:8
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