Prayer Journal…a blessing to an ADD mind while seeking God’s heart

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans tbat words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Romans 8:26-27

I prefer to start my day with God in prayer and study. However, as a mother of two very early risers who also has ADD I can tell you that my plans don’t always happen and there are other times when the quality of my time with God is affected. On those mornings, after my brain gets going on the tasks of the day and getting the kids to school-my weaknesses start showing. The very tool I use to help with my ADD can also be my biggest weakness….the “to do ” list.  Ever sit down to pray and get distracted by the laundry list running in your head? That is no way to come to the Lord, yet if you’re like me it can be a common occurance.  That is- until I started reading Psalms one morning and viewed it as David’s prayer journal. It seemed to me Psalms looked like a day by day glimpse of cries, praise, thanks and glory to God for answered prayers. Then my husband came to me “coincidentally” and said he found parts of Psalms confusing because the tone of each book changes so drastically from time to time.  He noted that some books would start in such dispair then would turn to praise and he wasn’t following the change in tone.  Because keeping lists helped me focus on my day….sometimes too much….I thought keeping a prayer journal would help me focus on my conversations with God. What a miraculous discovery that was for me! Not only was my prayer life more focused, but I also started seeing changes from the beginning of my prayers to the end. There were times that God would turn my focus, attention, and would even give me answers to prayers within the same prayer/journal entry. WOW! How awesome! I was having very real conversations with the Lord. When I shared my experience with my husband it changed the way he saw Psalms as well. Pretty neat stuff right there. 🙂 The added blessing of thumbing through the pages and seeing answered prayer…knowing He is hearing me and responding is so wonderful. Although my thoughts may be disorganized at times, though I may not know what to pray for-just that I need him and He knows what I need when I don’t ; He is with me. I cannot tell you how much of a relief it is to know that God knows my heart God can see my heart through the mess in my brain.


2 thoughts on “Prayer Journal…a blessing to an ADD mind while seeking God’s heart

  1. So awesome – both this post and the fact that you have a blog! I just started doing a new prayer routine, too. I subscribed to an online devotional in my blog reader (through Proverbs 31 Ministries–I have loved every one of them) so that it pops up each morning. It’s helped me get back to making it a daily habit, an area where I constantly struggle. I can relate to everything you wrote about.
    Looking forward to reading more on your blog!

  2. Joanne, this is such a beautifully-written testimony of your prayer walk with God. Your thoughts have blessed me and have helped me encounter some thoughts I hadn’t considered before when it came to my prayer life. Thank you for letting God speak through you to bless others–and I have always cherished the scripture you chose to highlight.

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