If you think about it, writing down your prayers in the form of a diary entry sounds very time consuming and irrelevant. I mean it’s not like you’re going to read it again or refer back to an entry in your future? Ever since I started having a relationship with God, that is what I have been doing and although it is very time consuming I must say, in my past, it brought to me a lot of healing, peace and comfort. That used to be my “thing” … It used to be OUR thing and I get that everyone has their own thing. I know that some of my friends like praying while they’re driving and some like painting or drawing as a form or expression of prayer, but for me it is writing down my conversations with God.
So my diary entries would start as “Dear Father” and the silliest things would be written down. I would write down things like events that took place, my vision, my hopes and dreams, meaningful verses and even characteristics I would like to develop. Life happened and I stopped writing down my prayers for years. Back then, when I stopped, I personally thought that not writing it down is not so bad. I’m still praying out loud? I’m still functioning? But it gradually became less and less and before I knew it, I stopped praying altogether. My cry-for-help-prayer became: “Father please help me, I love You.” I was praying that one liner every night before I went to sleep and it felt like dry leaves falling to the ground. Dead.
A month ago, I made a conscious decision to start writing again and for the life of me I could not understand how I ever stopped writing in the first place. This is what was needed in my life. This is my thing, this is OUR thing and I felt home. I am not saying that this is something that you absolutely have to do. I am saying that this is what works for me. Within just a month I came to realize that I still don’t know what God’s desire is for my life and I am at a place where I am content with that fact. I meditated on Psalm 46:10:
I gave thanks. I prayed with authority again and the best part is that there is still so much writing and praying to be done.
I encourage you to find your thing with God. It is well worth discovering.
*This piece was written by my very good friend and sister in Christ, Corron Bowers. Corron has been an inspiration to me for as long as I have known her. She has overcome so much in her life, she is hard-working, she brightens up every room she walks into and she has a heart of pure gold.
Corron serves God and His people in the worship team in her local church by playing the piano, and she is currently pursuing her dream to write songs (watch this space!).