Transform Your Motherhood Through Prayer Journaling
I struggled with reading my Bible and praying for my kids consistently until I started prayer journaling.
The excuses kept piling up in my mind. I was too busy with all the motherhood duties and if I’m honest, I didn’t want to wake up early to do it either. I wasn’t making devotion time and prayer a priority even though, I wanted it to be.
My intention was to pray specifics for my children, for their future spouses, for their future and so much more, but I struggled with making it happen. My prayer life for my children drastically changed after I read the book “Praying Circles around Your Children” by Matt Batterson.
Matt Batterson talks about how specific prayers prayed for us by our parents, grandparents, relatives, etc. has brought us to where we are today. This book convicted me to become more intentional in my prayer life and gave me practical ideas to pray consistently for my kids.
My biggest takeaway from “Praying Circles around Your Children” was to journal prayers in a Bible specifically for each child. This Bible will eventually be a graduation gift or a wedding gift for my children. I absolutely LOVE this idea. I had no idea that this could literally change my personal walk with God and help me be a better parent.
When I start my mornings reading the Bible and praying for my kids, I find that I treat them better. I am kinder and more understanding.
Grounding myself in God’s Word and praying through the Bible changes my mindset. My day goes so much better. I can’t recommend prayer journaling enough.
This is how I journal for my kids. You can adapt this to fit your lifestyle.
Prayer Journaling in 5 Easy Steps
Buy a Journaling Bible
I bought a journaling Bible for each of my kids. If you have several kids, don’t be overwhelmed by needing to fill multiple Bibles. You will get to it and it will give you more of an incentive to be consistently reading and writing in the Bible.
There are so many different journaling Bibles to choose from. I prefer the single column journaling Bibles instead of the lines being on the bottom of the page. I like that my prayers line up with the chapter I am reading.
Choose a durable Bible cover like leather or a hardcover so it will last. If you have multiple kids, choose different designed Bibles to make it more personal for them and less confusing for you.
Don’t forget to choose a translation that you will want to be reading for years. I chose the ESV (English Standard Version) because I really enjoy it.
Ask God What Book(s) of the Bible to Read
Once you have the Bible, it is time to start. Choose which child’s Bible you would like to start with. I pray and ask God what book of the Bible I should read for that particular child.
I usually read and journal in my child’s Bible for about a month or two and then switch. I read at least one book of the Bible or multiple shorter books and then I switch to my other child’s Bible. My goal is to read the entirety of each of my kid’s Bibles before they graduate or get married.
Date Each Prayer Entry
I start by writing the date in the Bible. By simply adding the date, I have become more accountable and consistent in reading my Bible. I don’t want my kids to see that I read a chapter and then read the next chapter a few weeks later.
This is a keepsake, so I like to add important events like a birthdays, deaths, etc. I normally write something about that before I start reading the passage.
Underline What Jumps out at You
After I date the journal entry in my Bible, I then read one to two chapters a day. You could read whatever amount you would like.
I underline anything that stands out to me as I go. What you underline will be referred to when writing out the prayer.
Write out the Prayer
I then write a prayer praying out the Bible verses I read for my child. I refer back to what I underlined. By doing this, I am praying specifics I would have never prayed normally for my kids.
To give you an example, when I was reading Ruth I was praying that my daughter would have a great relationship with her future mother-in-law. I would have never thought to pray for my 3-year-old daughter’s future mother-in-law. That is what is so amazing about this journaling process.
I can’t tell you enough how beneficial this prayer journaling has been for me spiritually and as a mother. I want to be a woman of prayer and I want my kids to see me reading my Bible. I want to lead them by example. This process accomplishes both of those desires.
Each of the Bible’s I have for my kids is truly precious. They are some of my most valued belongings. I love this prayer journaling concept. I would like to eventually have a journaling Bible for my husband. How different would a marriage be if you prayed every morning for your husband!! I also want to continue this tradition with my future grandchildren.
If you are struggling with being consistent in your prayer life and reading the Bible, try this. Prayer journaling can be transformational for your kids and you.
Originally written and posted by Amberlee Rich. Used with permission.