Journaling Prayer

When you practice listening/imaging prayer, you will want to record what God tells you.

One of the most important things you can do for your imaging prayer is to record it. If you already keep a journal then add your prayer experiences to it. If you have not kept a journal before, then this is the perfect time to start one.

Your journal can take many forms: it can be a bound, blank book, or loose-leaf pages gathered into a binder, or a spiral-bound notebook, or a computer file. Use whatever tool is most comfortable for you. Don’t be concerned with handwriting (unless you absolutely cannot read your own) or spelling or sentence structure.

What can you write in the journal about your imaging prayers? Start with writing down what you experienced. Even if you stop there, you have honored your prayer time by writing it down. Ask God to help you understand what he wants you to know.

Ask yourself questions about your experience. What was your mood in the prayer? How do you feel now? Did you resist a situation? Did something upset you? Did something surprise you? Turn over all of your feelings to Christ.

If you want to go deeper, you can use visual art or writing. Write a poem or a story, sculpt or paint. You can also find a physical object to symbolize your encounter. A seashell might symbolize you and Jesus by the seaside as he says, “Follow Me.” A cross might symbolize an encounter with Jesus at his Crucifixion.

List anything that God wants you to do as a result of the prayer. These tasks may center on healing, relationships, the fruits of the Spirit, courage, picking up your cross to follow Jesus, your spiritual gifts – however God is working with you.

 

February 8, 2015Permalink

The BOOK is Almost Done

I’m thrilled that my first full-length book is nearly done — “nearly” as in “waiting for the final proof copy.” I wrote it as part of my D.Min. program, and it’s the next-to-last ministry project before finalizing the dissertation. Yea! The book is a true story called “Escape from the Green Mansion: The Extraordinary True Story of Ordinary Church Women Freeing San Francisco’s Brothel Slaves.”

From the back matter:

In the late 1800s thousands of Chinese women sailed to America’s West Coast. Many of them were enslaved as soon as they stepped off the freighters and were forced into prostitution — the “green mansion.”

American prejudice against the immigrant Chinese was ugly and strong, and many of these girls lost hope. Many of them died. But a few of them began to whisper about the “Jesus women.” The Jesus women were rescuing and freeing the Chinese slaves, and if the girls could just get word to them…

This book is a true story about the courageous Christians who risked everything to help free San Francisco’s brothel slaves.

As soon as the book of available I’ll send out the link!

 

November 19, 2014Permalink

Keep a Prayer Journal

I haven’t successfully kept a prayer journal for a long time. Mind you, I pray and I see miraculous answers to prayer. But I’m not good at recording these answers in any sort of methodical way. And I want to.

I ran across an excellent article by Christian writer and speaker Crystal McDowell that talks about prayer journaling and growing closer to God. Below I’ve listed her 7 points; there is much more in the article. Check it out.

1. Begin with prayer for God’s guidance
2. Find a quiet place for reflection and meditation
3. Search for a scripture(s) that correspond with your prayer request and write it out at the top of the page
4. Think about what you can give thanks to God in your prayer request
5. Write out your prayer requests with specificity
6. Praise God for hearing and answering your request in accordance with His will
7. Remember to go back and write in your journal how God answered in His perfect timing

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

November 6, 2014Permalink