The other day, I began to look over the pages in the notebook that holds some of the requests that I have brought before the Lord. I am amazed at how many of them God has already answered or has begun to answer. Psalm 37:4-5 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.” (KJV). As we, who are the children of God, delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desires of our hearts, and I would say that He delights in giving us those desires. The closer we draw to God, the more we become like Him. This means that our desires would also become like His desires. There is another element that is often overlooked and this is that we must trust God and commit our way to Him. For me, this is sometimes very difficult to do. It’s not that I don’t believe God’s plan is far better than my own, and it’s not that I haven’t experienced Him to be faithful in the past. Often, my struggle stems from the fact that I want to have a say in how God orchestrates His plan. I would dare to say that others probably have a struggle similar to my own. It can be hard to trust God, and yet He is far beyond worthy of our trust!
I have found that keeping a journal of my prayers helps to remind me that I serve a loving and faithful God. As I look back at my requests and many of the specific answers God has given me, I’m encouraged to continue praying and to continue trusting Him. It isn’t difficult to write our prayers down, and yet it is extremely beneficial. In the Old Testament, God commanded Joshua to have twelve Israelite men each set up a stone as a memorial of what God had done for them that day. He had made a way for the Israelites to pass over the Jordan, and God wanted them to remember and for their children to remember (Joshua 4:1-9). We are forgetful people, and it is important to be reminded of the many answers to prayer that God has given us. I encourage you to make a notebook for your requests and the Lord’s answers. Then be persistent, and allow God to lead you. You may find this to be a very helpful tool in your walk with Christ.
If you currently use a prayer journal or you have found it to be helpful in the past, please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!