How often have you found yourself sitting down to have a quiet moment of prayer and before a few minutes are up, your mind is totally focused on a completely different topic? This wandering mind syndrome overtakes us all at times and is the most common obstacle to a powerful prayer life. It has the potential to keep us a “Prayer Warrior Wannabe” for our entire lives if we don’t institute change.
How do we overcome this huge hurdle to our spiritual development? Believe it or not, there is an answer. By using a tool called a prayer journal, we can put a complete stop to our wandering mind, keeping our prayers and our heart focused on the Lord.
How is this done? By simply writing down our prayers as we pray them. I promise you, it works. It’s the only thing that has ever worked for me. I began a prayer journal almost 20 years ago at the insistence of a friend, and I’m still dependent on it today. Besides the many other benefits I have found over the years, my journal is the only thing that keeps me focused while I pray, enabling me to devote more time to this vital connection with God.
The more time I spend in prayer, the longer I spend with my God. The more time I spend with God, the more peace and greater faith I have in His ability to handle all that concerns me, my family, my friends, and my country.
God’s desire is for us to bring everything to Him. To enjoy a powerful prayer life. He does not want us to make this earthly journey on our own anxious and burdened. He wishes for us to entrust all the issues of life to Him, unleashing His power to transform, change, and strengthen us. God longs to give wisdom for all the circumstances we face. His desire is to exchange our worry for His peace. That’s His promise. And we can take hold of it right now through prayer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7