Ever since I shared my prayer journal free printable pages on the blog I’ve been getting a lot of emails and questions. Many of you wanted to know more about the binder pictured in the post and more details about how I set up my prayer journal notebook. I’m thrilled that so many of you are excited about setting up your own prayer journal and I’m happy to share more details about mine with you today.
Creating a Prayer Journal Notebook:
I’m going to start out by saying I spent a lot of time contemplating how to set up my prayer journal notebook. I searched online bookstores and even visited some bookstores in person in hopes to find a journal to use for my prayer life. When I couldn’t find anything in stores that I liked I started researching online for ideas on how to make my own. I was surprised to learn there are so many different methods to organizing your prayers and truthfully, I kind of agonized over it. There are people who organize their prayers by the day of the week, some write out prayers as if they’re writing in a journal (like a letter to God), some organize prayers by the person they are praying for (think husband, children, etc). The most difficult part of creating a prayer journal notebook for me was deciding on the set up.
Finally I decided to stop wasting time and just start one, so that’s what I did. I picked up a plain notebook at Walmart, added tabs for a couple of simple sections on prayers and scriptures and got started. I even got a little crafty and decorated it with some Washi tape to make it look pretty. I was well on my way, but in time I realized it just wasn’t working for me. I admit I’m a perfectionist, so any time I made a mistake in this bound notebook and had to use white out or mark through something it drove me insane. Seriously, I want things to look nice and I just couldn’t deal with it. I wanted a prayer journal notebook I’d enjoy using and a simple cheap notebook just wasn’t it.
That’s when I designed the prayer journal pages with the intention of putting them in a 3-ring binder. I finally made a decision and decided to make sections for Prayer, Praise, Scripture, Study and Notes. Let me share some info on the sections I created:
Sections in my Prayer Journal Notebook:
This is the section I keep my monthly prayer journal pages along with some typed up and handwritten prayers for me and my family. There are blank pages in this section where I write down scriptures to pray over my family and situations, too. Any info I print out on prayer to use for inspiration goes in this section.
I like to begin all of my prayers with a time of reflection, praising God for who He is and all He has done. In this section I jot down praises and scriptures (mostly from Psalms) to encourage me to praise Him in all things.
This is where I write down verses that stick out to me in my Bible study time or scriptures that I want to memorize.
This section is where I keep track of anything that stands out to me during my Bible study time. It’s a place for me to jot down any notes I want to keep. I also keep some printables in this section that are related to Bible study methods or the Bible study I’m currently working on.
Finally, there is a note section. This is where I journal my thoughts about what I’m learning through my prayer, Bible study and quiet times. Here is where I journal about my life, what I’m learning and what I’m seeking to learn. It’s a place to air my thoughts in written form and I always feel a release after I do this.
Remember you get to choose the sections for your notebook. You can organize your prayers daily, by family member, by prayer concern, whatever works for you. I’m simply sharing how I created my notebook for you to use as a guide in creating your own.
Details on my binder:
Even though I had originally planned on using a 3-ring binder, I decided to go a different route. Since I’d purchased a discbound notebook for planning and note-taking and fell in love with the system, I decided to buy one to use for my prayer journal notebook. I purchased the Martha Stewart Discbound Customizable Notebook from Staples and I’m so glad I did. It’s perfect!
If you haven’t heard of the discbound system, let me share with you the top 3 reasons I love it.
- The binder lies flat when closed or open, unlike a 3 ring binder.
- You can easily add, remove or move the pages around with no rips or tears. Yay!
- They’re pretty. What can I say? I love the colors and options out there!
Final thoughts on creating a prayer journal notebook:
Creating your own prayer journal notebook doesn’t have to be complicated. It really only takes a few simple steps:
- Choose your binder
- Decide how you want to organize your prayers.
- Create sections in the notebook based on how you’ve chosen to organize it.
- Start using your notebook!
If you’re like me and a little unsure of how you want to organize your prayers right now, my advice would be to just try something. If it doesn’t work for you, you can do like I did and easily start over. Remember there’s no right or wrong way here. What’s important is that you are taking step towards God. I know He is pleased to know you want to spend more time in conversation with Him and your life will be blessed from your time with Him.