The countdown has begun…in less than 25 days you and your girlfriends will be screaming, “Happy New Year!” blowing horns, and pulling confetti out of your hair. But the question still remains, “Are you ready?” Are you ready to behold the beauty of the God’s best for you in 2016? Are you ready to stop playing second fiddle, living a luke warm life, and pacifying your fears?
The second step to making 2016 an epic year deals directly with the secret weapon of prayer. The writing of your prayers to be exact. Prayer is the meteor shower that collides your right now with your future! I always believed there was something special about transferring what’s in your mind onto a legal pad, notebook, iNotes or your written preference. Whether you are journaling your feelings from an unexpected circumstance, composing a master plan to become the next Oprah Winfrey, or committing your goals or schedule to paper is such a powerful move. It creates accountability, so just imagine what happens when you combine the power of your spoken words/prayers with writing them down as a reminder of how you need God to move in your life and a written promise of God’s unfailing word.
This year, even starting now I want you to keep a prayer journal. It can be one of those old-school spiral notebooks, or a pretty journals with sparkles, butterflies and scriptures plastered on the cover. Whatever you use, begin to write your prayers!! They don’t have to be elaborate or filled with “holy” words, this is your written communication with God. Remember, prayer is not a presentation, it’s communication!
Keep your journal handy, because you never know when God will move on your heart to begin to pray for a neighbor, the horrific accident you just learned about on the nightly news, or the opportunity of a life-time for a friend. You can shape your world as your prayers align with God’s word.
STARTING A PRAYER JOURNAL
Keep a journal handy throughout the day and especially when you read the bible. A scripture may leap off the pages and speak to your heart. Right then and there you can compose a prayer based on God’s promise. Since I know you have already selected your 2016 Scripture, turn that scripture into a prayer. Here is an example:
Scripture: “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing. Now it will spring forth; shall you not know. I will even make roads in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isiah 43:189-19
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being such an amazing God! I understand that you want better for me and you are committed to doing a new thing in me and for me. Help me to forget the things in my past. Remove from my mind my hangups, the way I used to act and carry myself. I am committed to living a new way for you with your help. Lord deliver me even from past victories because I know you will do even better in the future! Help me not to compare and even expect you to reveal yourself in the same way you have in the past. I agree with your word that says you will essentially make a way out of no way and sustain me even when I am in a bad place. God you are able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all I can think or imagine according to the power that work in us. Now work a miracle in my upcoming projects, create living waters in my strained relationships. I need you Lord and it can only be done by your Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen!
And just like that you have written the first page of your prayer journal and created a pathway for God to work in your life. I encourage you to pray about any and everything!!! God employs scores of angles just waiting to be dispatched to perform His word. Do not be discouraged if your prayers are not answer immediately, (II Peter 3:8) continue to pray and trust that if your prayers are aligning with heaven He will bring it to pass.
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