A New Way to Pray

I’m one of those people who loves writing in a prayer journal. I have stacks and stacks of them.  I even have a cozy corner in my bedroom to pray. So what’s the problem?

Lately, my journaling was pretty much the same words over and over again. I’d worked myself into a ritualistic prayer routine that felt dry. Dutiful. Worn out. I could almost write “ditto,” and check prayer time off my to-do list.

Yesterday, I filled the last page of my old prayer journal,  and this morning I held my brand new pristine journal. Sometimes a clean sheet of paper can be intimidating.

Here we go again. It’s up to me to fill these pages with meaningful stuff.

The Lord seemed to say, “You’re trying to control, Julie. Even your prayer journal. Give it to Me.”

Then I remembered how a family member had led us in worship one morning. He was in drug rehab and read to us from his journal. He cried his way through it. He read God’s words to us.

I asked the Lord if He’d remind me of His love for me like He did that day. Deep in my heart. Real and personal. I picked up my pen and started writing….

My Julie,

I love you with an everlasting love. You are so precious to me. I call you by name. You are Mine. Fear not. I am with you. I hold you with my righteous right hand. I only ask one thing today–Trust Me with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Me, and I will direct your path. I am your God–the Great I AM. I bought you with a price. You are my beloved daughter. I will never leave you or forsake you. Rejoice. I am with you.

“Lord, forgive me. In my busyness, I’d forgotten Who You are and how to listen.”




  1. Beautiful Julie! I do not journal well but every few weeks or months I will write out a prayer. A couple of years back I read through some older prayer journals and realized I too kept asking over and over that God would take certain sins from my life. It made me realize my words had to be matched with some decisions and some action and that God expected me to take part in the healing. He is faithful in our prayers and our actions!

    • lynn marshall says:

      I have been journalling for several years. After the birth of my granddaughter I turned my journal prayers into letters to Chloe, telling her what was in my heart and on my mind and how I can trust everything to God. My hope is that these letters will inspire her to turn to her heavenly Father when tough times arise in her own life. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amen, Tom! Good thoughts…”He is faithful in our prayers and our actions.” Thank you.

  3. I’m kind of like Tom, writing prayers only on accession in a journal. I loved this post, Julie.

  4. Oh, Julie, when God spoke to you it gave my goosey-duck bumps!

    “I will only ask one thing today…Trust Me…”

    Important for me to remember. Thank you, Julie, for this wonderful post.

    Hugs & love,

  5. Great reminder, Julie. He just wants me. Not all the good things I do. Just me and my heart…

  6. Julie I love that you journal and take time to listen to what the Father is saying to you. You’ve given us a wonderful reminder…love u

    • Thank you, Robin. You and I’ve been writing for soooo many years in our journals, haven’t we? I love you.

  7. Julie Naegele says:

    Julie, I have never journaled (or written much of anything) before, but would like to learn to. I, too, have felt that my prayers are repetitious and have tried so hard to “update” them. Maybe I’m trying too hard. I love what the Lord said to you. It lifted me up from my feelings of inadequacy. Thank you.

    • Ohhh, Julie. Yes, yes, that’s exactly what I’m talking about…trying too hard with my prayers. That’s it! Thank you, my friend.

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