In David Jeremiah’s book “Prayer the Great Adventure” (page 224-235), David discusses the value of keeping a Spiritual Journal. Keeping a Spiritual Journal will help us effectively measure our spiritual progress and to hold ourselves accountable to God’s schedule for our lives. Journaling not only provides a road map for where we have been, but also where we are going.
A Spiritual Journal is also a place for us to record the works and ways of God in our lives. This journal can also include an account of daily events, a diary of personal relationships, a notebook of insights into scripture, and a list of prayer requests. It is where spontaneous devotional thoughts or lengthy theological musings can be preserved. A Spiritual Journal is one of the best places for charting progress and holding ourselves accountable to our goals. The following are reasons why we should keep a Spiritual Journal:
- To remember what God is doing in our lives.
- To respond to life honestly.
- To reflect on the meaning of our experiences.
- To record the progress of our spiritual journey.
- To regain lost momentum.
- To learn how to pray specifically.
- To have a place to write down our prayers and to then read them to God.
- To have a place where we can write down the insights gained from reading God’s Word.
- To have a place where we can write down our joys, doubts and fears.
- To record what God is saying to us and what God is calling us to do.