How to Make a Prayer Notebook

A few years ago, my friend and spiritual big sister, Jani Ortlund, showed me how she made her prayer notebook. Being the big nerd that I am, I could hardly wait to make my own. (Just because you grow up doesn’t mean you have to outgrow your love of school supplies.)

By that time I had spent years observing Jani’s walk with the Lord, and I knew that when she said she would pray for someone, she meant it. I saw God move through her prayers, and when she prayed out loud, there was power in those prayers. I wanted to learn to pray like that!

My prayer notebook has been a helpful tool for me; it helps me pray with purpose and track God’s faithful answers to my prayers. There’s nothing magic about having a prayer notebook. It doesn’t pray for me. I still need to spend time every day reading God’s Word. My notebook is kind of like Google Calendar; it’s simply a tool to help me keep track of important things.

Would you like to make one? Here’s one way to do it.

    • Get a one-inch three-ring binder.
  • Get a set of plastic notebook dividers (eight tabs). I like the kind that has pockets so I can insert papers I collect about prayer. Label the tabs as follows: Daily, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

 

Jen's prayer notebook

 

  • In the very front of your notebook, add a page for each of these categories: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Blessing, Interceding. I simply use a piece of notebook paper with a handwritten heading. As I come across prayers in Scripture that exemplify these things, I write down the prayer and the reference on the appropriate page. This helps me learn how to pray God’s Word and see what kind of prayers move the heart of God. (Sometimes God says NO to the person praying, and I pay attention to those prayers, too!)
  • Decide on seven prayer categories, one for every day of the week, and keep specific requests in the appropriate sections.

My sections break down like this:

Daily—my husband and children.
Sunday—my church and its leaders.
Monday—our sons’ teachers, schools, and academic/social lives.
Tuesday—my friends.
Wednesday—various social justice issues (like the recent kidnappings in Nigeria). Bombay Teen Challenge is dear to me, so I pray for them and the fight against human trafficking on Wednesdays.
Thursday—my unbelieving friends and family members—that they would come to know Christ.
Friday—our extended family members.
Saturday—my care group and community group at church.

  • Put notebook paper in each section so you can jot down needs as they come to your attention or as others ask you to pray. (I often make a note of requests on my phone and transfer them to my notebook during my next quiet time.)
  • You may want a page at the beginning of your notebook with sample prayers (I get mine from this book) or a list of the attributes of God. The attributes help me remember how big God is and how much I need Him! This is part of my “adoration.” The sample prayers help me grow in prayer much like reading good literature helps you grow as a writer or listening to great music helps you grow as a musician.

 

Jen's prayer notebook

That’s it! Now you’re ready to go. I keep the notebook with my Bible so I always have it handy.

Do you have a prayer notebook or journal? How do you keep track of your prayers and of God’s faithfulness to you? We’d love to hear all about it!

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About Author

Jennifer Case Cortez

Jennifer Case Cortez is a literary-agent-turned-stay-at-home-mom. She loves connecting young women with God's Word, and her writing has been featured in the Mom's Bible, the Devotional Bible for Dads, and the Life Promises Bible. Jennifer loves playing her guitar, eating Nashville hot chicken, and hanging out with her husband Daniel and their four children: Sam, Joshua, Jacob, and Evelyn Grace.

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  • April

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for this post! I’m going to go make one & show this to our life group as well 🙂

    • You’re welcome, April. I hope you find the notebook as helpful as I have! Blessings to you.

  • Brandy

    Thank you so much for this. I sat down and made my prayer notebook tonight. I know it’s going to help with my praying and learning in my Walk with the Lord!

    • You’re so welcome, Brandy. May the Lord bless you and your prayer life!

  • Jess

    Thank you for this fantastic idea 🙂 I love how creative and helpful it is as a tool to keep my prayers focused!

  • Laynie

    Thank you for this! I have been struggling with prayer and this is such a helpful tool!

  • Kate Moala

    This is awesome thank you for this! I have been looking at a way of journaling my prayer life… this is it!

    • I’m so glad, Kate! May the Lord bless you and your prayer life!

  • shondapryor

    Help I need a prayer journal’s how can I get started

  • Amy Hough

    I started a prayer journal this year, but it’s turning into more of a diary. I like the way you have your sections organized.

    • Thank you, Amy. I hope your journal has been a help to your prayer life.

  • This is a great way to organize your prayer requests! My prayer requests book is such a mess, I think I’ll try this! I also have a prayer journal. Of course when I pray spontaneously I pray in my head or aloud, but for my daily morning and evening prayer times I like to write my prayers out since I’m easily distracted when I pray in my head. I c

    • I hope you find it helpful, Katie. It has helped me! If you need to modify something to make it fit your needs better, go for it. The most important thing is to be diligent in prayer and to grow in your walk with Christ through time spent with Him. Thanks for your comment!

  • Amber Terry

    Thanks! Great guide! I recently started using my prayer notebook again! It really makes it that much easier to organize and focus prayers. I stopped using it for awhile and realized how helpful it actually is. I like the “daily” section of your notebook and plan to incorporate that with my notebook! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Amber. May the Lord bless your prayer life and show you more and more of Himself as you seek Him.

  • Sophie S

    im going to go out and buy the stuff right now to start my own prayer journal 🙂 thanks so much!!

    • Thank you for your comment, Sophie. May the Lord answer your prayers in obvious and powerful ways!

      • Sophie S

        Thank you!! Same to you

  • Nara

    Thank you for sharing this with us! <3

  • Sairis Cedano

    Hey! This is a great articule, thank you! I was looking at my Play Store and I found an app called ”PrayerMate” you should check it out! 😀

    • Thank you, Sairis. I will check it out! (A year later. Blush.) Did you ever use the app and find it helpful?

  • Bliss

    What are some of the scriptures you have for the “adoration” “confession”(etc…) pages or do you have some suggestions for verses? Thank you. (:

    • Hi Bliss, thank you for your comment. Here are a few of the references for the verses I have in my own notebook which are either verses that spoke to me at the time I was reading them or sample prayers: ADORATION–Deut. 7:21, Psalm 63:3-5a, Luke 24: 27; INTERCESSION–Numbers 14:13-19 & :41-48, Amos 7:1-6, 2 Chron. 30:18-20, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Genesis 8:20-22; BLESSING–Psalm 103:20-22, Psalm 104, 1 Chron. 29:10-19, Psalm 72:18-19; THANKSGIVING–Psalm 86:12, Psalm 118:28-29. My CONFESSION page is simply a list of my own failures, fears, sins and struggles where I try to look at myself honestly, repent, and ask for forgiveness and healing. I hope this information helps!

      • Bliss

        Thank you for these verses! (:

  • Dixie Elliott

    Thanks so much for sharing your prayer lists. I’m revamping my prayer lists this year and your suggestions are just what I need!

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Dixie. Your comments encourage us deeply. May the Lord take you deeper into his heart as you walk with him in prayer.

  • Michele Denker

    Thank you fir sharing this prayer notebook. Is there a way to get a copy of the Attributes of God page? Would love to add this to my prayer notebook!