Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Denise,
    I have kept my thoughts in journals, but have not expressly had a prayer journal. What better resource to keep track of God’s faithfulness in answering than a prayer journal. I keep a journal for my prayers for others, but keeping one for me is simple yet profound. I tend to think, oh I’ll remember that, but for times when the “rubber meets the road”, having a legacy in writing would be a great thing to have. Thank you…

  2. I began prayer journaling, accidentally, about four years ago when I was going through a time of discouragement. It started as I wrote my thoughts and feelings, which were not pretty, down on a scrap of paper. I let it all out; even my anger, which is something I had been trying to avoid admitting that I was feeling. God met me there in a way I’ll never forget and He went on to use that form of prayer to transform my faith, which up to that point had been mostly me trying to hang onto Him with gritted teeth.

    The experience was so startling and real that I went on to make it a part of my “quiet time,” which, believe me, had never been so vitally alive before. Thanks for writing about a way to communicate with the Father that has become very precious to me.

  3. I have never kept one. Prob. Should. When you are waiting on an answer and it hurts every day, it is good to look back at answered prayer.

  4. Absolutely! I find that the only way I can really stay focused when I pray is to write it as I go. And I LOVE being able to look back and see how my prayers have changed in focus or tone, etc. as the months and years have gone by.
    Total blessing.
    Thank you for writing this!

  5. Denise,
    I believe everyone should watch the movie “War Room”. It is specifically about prayer. Authentic scriptural prayers!!! If I find myself discouraged or going through a rough time I write out a “thankful” journal. I list all the items–big or small–that I’m thankful for! During Women’s Bible study times I write out the prayer requests & pray for them during the week! That way each week I can check back and see if one got answered. Also our church has started a “prayer warrior” group. We have several topics: nation, lost souls, marriages in church, local churches, schools/teachers/students, youth, etc. Each month you take 1 index card and pray for the names on the back. You’d be surprised how many answered prayers you will receive! God is soo good to us!

    • Just a few days ago it was suggested to me to watch War Room, and now I’m seeing it again. Will have to check it out soon. Thanks!

  6. I’m on and off with the prayer journal thing. I’ll do it consistently for a while, then i’ll stop for months of a year, but the times when I have, it has been a blessing. It helps me focus my energy into my time with God. I confess I havent gone back and re-read past prayers a whole lot though. Will have to do that more. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. I write our my frustrations as well as my thanksgiving prayers. I am so grateful for that time with God.