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Of course, the OCD in me panicked a little and I skimmed through the rest of the book really quick… you know, to check for that “haha just kidding, here’s my prayer journal” chapter. 🙂 No dice.
One of Susan’s reasons for not writing keeping a journal is because most of the prayers are for character, sanctification, and the like. Most often we will not see immediate results to these kinds of prayers. We’re praying the long-haul prayers, and we don’t want to get discouraged by the blank box in the “answered” column. I get that. I was intrigued enough to try out visual prayer circles for myself, and the results were interesting.
This past week I have been on a prayer walk with God through circles of people and prayer requests. I am not to the point where I put in a solid, focused hour for prayer, so my circles were spread out over the week. It was really amazing. God formed groups of people in my mind by request type, relation to me, urgency, etc. He showed me connections and ways to pray for them that I would not have seen otherwise.
However, I couldn’t help myself and had to write stuff down. I made a little mind map of the circles I had been praying for and some I wanted to keep in mind. This has helped me to get into a more regular visual groove and pray through them without referring to my paper. Here is my mind map without the people filled in yet.
I also plan on continuing to write down the ways God has answered prayers and keep a little note on my phone of specific prayer requests that I don’t want to forget over time. I think this will actually work much better than the detailed (or even not so detailed) prayer lists and journals I’ve tried to keep before. I have good intentions, but it just doesn’t last.
What do you think? Are visual prayer circles something you might want to try for yourself?
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