Prayer has been on my mind lately, mostly because I’ve been reading and studying much about it. (You should know that I am an eternal learner and am always exploring something or another in greater depths.)
Today I would like to share with you some of the highlights of what I’ve learned about prayer and prayer journaling these past few weeks. I hope you enjoy it!
Oh, and please know most but not all of this information is from the book, Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer: The Hidden Power of Beauty, Blessings, Wisdom, and Hurt.
Prayer Journaling Tip #1 — Track the Types of Prayer You Use
According to Gregg Braden, “modern prayer researchers have identified four broad categories that are believed to encompass all the many ways that we pray.” They are:
- Colloquial, or informal prayers
- Petitionary prayers
- Ritualistic prayers, and
- Meditative prayers
What type of prayers do you use? Have you ever tracked them? If not, this is a great journaling idea. Upon reflection, you just might just be very surprised at what you learn about your prayers.
Tip #2 — Learn a New Mode of Prayer
In Gregg Braden’s book, he discusses a fifth mode of prayer, one that he calls the “lost mode” based solely on feeling — he’s talking my language there!!! :-).
He discusses the concept of Pray Rain, not praying for rain. Read more about this lost mode of prayer here and challenge yourself to do some prayer journaling about his concept of pray rain and its uses.
Tip #3 — Explore Affirmative Prayer
According to Wikipedia, affirmative prayer “is a form of prayer or a metaphysical technique that is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation. For example, a person who is experiencing some form of illness would focus the prayer on the desired state of perfect health and affirm this desired intention ‘as if already happened’ rather than identifying the illness and then asking God for help to eliminate it.”
Choose a challenge in your life and apply affirmative prayer to it and then do some prayer journaling about your experiences. Be sure to include in your prayer journal any insights you had or surprises you experienced!
Tip #4 — Make Your Prayer Journal Fit YOUR Needs
I’m using my prayer journal as a way to experiment with new ideas and concepts about prayer and am enjoying my experiences greatly. Recently, I even read a suggestion that self-hypnosis is a form of prayer. That idea had never even crossed my mind! I’m intrigued, however, and this new idea is now being integrated into my prayer journal, all in the name of learning, growth, and greater understanding.
It is my sincere wish that your ideas of and relationship with prayer changes and grows deeper because of your prayer journaling.
Until next time, journal on…