In an earlier blog I suggested using a prayer journal to help you if you are struggling to pray or if you want to develop your prayer life. These are available online in journal format or there are single page designs which you can download for free from the internet. Just type in prayer journal or prayer sheet and then click on images and you will see a large selection that you can print off.
I have designed a simple one based on the “ACTS prayer guide” I spoke about earlier:-
I have attached a PDF link for you to use should you wish to download this.
There is space for the date at the top so that you can fill this in and later go back and check what you have written. You may wish to do this to see how your prayer life has developed over time or how your focus has changed!
The Adoration Section is where you praise God. Write down His glorious attributes or simply how much you love Him.
The Confession Section is where you admit where you have gone wrong. We know that all the sin we confess will be forgiven so do not let this affect you negatively but simply admit your guilt and let God’s gracious forgiveness be upon you.
The Thanksgiving Section is where you write down all the things you are grateful for. I find depending on my state of mind, this can be overflowing to the point I struggle to stop, or I can find it hard to think of anything. When I am feeling negative, I have learnt to think simple, I woke up, so I am alive, I have been granted another day. I don’t know how many of you watched I Am A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here last year, but I was really inspired by Caitlan Jenner’s attitude. Every morning on waking she would shout to the rest of the camp “It’s Another Day to Excel!” What a positive attitude! I think this sort of enthusiasm is something that we all should strive for!
The Supplication Section is where you write your prayer requests. These may be for your own needs or the needs of others.
You may need additional space for any one of these sections, so I have created Individual Prayer Sheets for each of these.
I have included lines in order to write words of praise to God and then I have left a blank space at the bottom in order that you can get creative should you wish.
I have included space for name, prayer request, date of prayer and date of answered prayer.
As with the Adoration Journal I have included lines in order to write all the things you are thankful for and a blank space in order to get creative.
I have included space for your confession and a space for the date of your confession.
I have been lucky enough recently to be introduced into Creative Christianity and it has changed my life! I do not think I can quite put it into words…. I just feel like my life with God is fuller in some way, that rather than giving things up for Christ, I have been given so much more. My life is enhanced by my walk with God. I would like to devote a blog entirely to this so I can hopefully inspire you to have the courage to get creative, so I will not go on too much here! I will just say that the blank spaces on your prayer sheets could be used for further writings, poetry, lettering, drawing, paints, decorating with stickers etc. There are so many fabulous ideas in which you can creatively worship God.
I hope this has been helpful to you.
Love and Blessings