This February two events will take place in the same week. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are just three days apart. Valentine’s Day encourages us to offer written expressions of our love and affection to others through cards and letters.
Why not express our love for the Lord by keeping a prayer journal during Lent? The season of Lent can be a great time of spiritual growth and keeping a prayer journal can help strengthen our prayer life. Journaling can help us listen more intently to God’s voice, track our spiritual growth, and deepen our relationship with the Lord.
There are different ways to keep a prayer journal. You can simply reflect on a passage from scripture, then write down your thoughts and feelings. Or, you can write down what the Holy Spirit places upon your heart during prayer. It’s important to commit to a specific time and place each day to pray and spend time in silence with God. Then, as part of your prayer experience, write a few lines. Whether you want to express your gratitude, challenges, praises or laments, share them with the Lord in writing.
As Valentine’s Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on and express ourselves to those we love, prayer journals accomplish the same thing in our relationship with the Lord. If you’re not already in the habit of keeping a prayer journal, try it. You’ll be surprised by the spiritual awareness cultivated within yourself as you journey with Christ toward Easter.