Prayer Warriors welcome to the new tool in your arsenal. If you believe in the power of prayer, you know that it is a weapon that, when used effectively, can change lives. How to Journal Your Prayers is a new tool for the prayer warrior and for those looking to learn more about prayer. Author Liela Marie Fuller creator of the international top-selling prayer journal, Don’t Stop Knocking, Don’t Stop Seeking, Don’t Stop Praying, Don’t Stop Believing, is back with a companion guide to teach you how to effectively journal your prayers as well as God’s divine answers. In this compelling book, Liela will guide you through each step of prayer journaling and also share her powerful testimony of how God has answered her prayers. This book will help you redefine (or define) the most important conversations you will have – prayer.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write How to Journal Your Prayers after holding a workshop of the same name. A woman approached me to find out if there was a book to go along with the workshop that she could share with others. I did not have a book for it at that time, so I wrote it.
Prayer is a communication with God and despite the many books on prayer; it does not require any specialized training. Prayer, in its most basic form, can be as simple as “Help Lord” or as long as a small book. Prayer is talking to God and hearing His reply, which often means waiting for His response.
When I gave my life to Christ, I was 13 years old. I grew up in church my entire life; in fact, I can remember sitting on the front pew with my paternal grandmother, Eula Fuller with my black Mary Janes and white stockings. God was an essential part of my family, and we believed in prayer. When one of us was sick or hurt, my Grandmom would always pull out her anointed oil pray for us. It did not matter who needed prayer or what the sickness or injury was, my Grandmother believed that God could heal. She would grab the oil, sit us down, put the oil on our forehead or when appropriate the affected body part and she would pray in faith believing that God would heal. My Grandmother was our families’ example of prayer, and it was something that many of us have followed throughout our lives.
I will never forget being at my father’s house one weekend, and while I was there, my sister Rhonda developed a problem with her legs. While I don’t remember what the issue was, I remember standing around my Dad’s bed watching him, and my stepmother prayed for Rhonda’s legs to be healed. After they prayed, they took Rhonda to the doctor and not long after, Rhonda’s legs healed completely. For my family, prayer was and is an essential tool, and it has become increasingly more important to me personally.
In the beginning, prayer between God and Adam was a conversation. God himself walked the earth with Adam and conversed with him, and Adam talked with God. God loved Adam and desired to be with him, and that’s why He created Adam. He took Adam’s every need into consideration, including his need for companionship and that is why God created Eve as Adam’s mate. (reference Genesis 2:7-25). Just like He did with Adam and Eve, God desires to be with us and for us to be “naked and unashamed” before him. For Adam and Eve, “naked and unashamed” meant that they were literally naked and unashamed in the garden, but for us “naked and unashamed” means to be utterly transparent before God.
Being wholly transparent or naked and unashamed before God in prayer means to give everything to God in prayer. It means to hold nothing back from Him because He sees it all anyway. How do we know that? We know that because His Word tells us that He is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time).
“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And, not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. ~ Jeremiah 23:23-24 NKJV
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. ~ Proverbs 15:3 NKJV
So, He sees all the good, all the bad, all the ugly anyway, and guess what He wants us to bring it all to Him.
When I created my prayer journal, I was finally beginning to understand some of the principles I am telling you now. I was on a prayer journey with God, and during my journey, my prayer life catapulted to a new level. I have always had a prayer life, but my prayer life now is at a greater degree and journaling my prayers helped me along my journey, so I want to teach you some of the principles I learned so that you too can take your prayer life to the next level. Remember, God is not far off from you, He wants to be close to you; intimate with you, and prayer is one of the ways He wants to do that.
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