My mom has had a prayer journal for --I don't know-- 30 years. In it, she records the date and the prayer request. These requests get prayed over daily. Since she has had her journal for such a long time, she has seen most of these prayers answered. When God answers her prayers, they get a sticker, a new date, and an explanation of how it was answered in her journal. This is how she likes to appreciate God's faithfulness.
"It's good because you know the power of prayer and that God's got your back. As soon as a problem arises, He's working out the solution. It's comforting to look back on - puts you out of the scary place onto a solid rock. If you trust God, God is faithful. He is all powerful and He is on our side." - Mom
I've watched her do this for as long as I can remember and am just now starting one of my own. For the past several months, I've been trying to figure out how to be more intentional with my prayer life. I tried praying out loud in my car, but then I couldn't remember what I prayed about and I wanted a way to document it. I tried journaling, but I got frustrated by how slowly my pen moved. I considered blogging (momentarily), but prayer is way too personal for the interwebs. I tried recording my car prayers on my phone and then writing them down later, but came up with the same slow pen problem. Then I remembered my mom. Why not try her method? It's worked for her.
I'll keep you guys updated with how this goes, but I added my first few entries to my journal. I'll pray over them daily until God's will is revealed (and the request is stickered).
My sweet momma also keeps a blessings journal. One step at a time.
Do you keep a prayer journal?
Do you prefer another method of intentionality?