The picture above represents twelve prayer journals that I wrote in over a span of five plus years. On February 28, 2022, I burned them all.

Yes, you read that right.

I had been contemplating whether I should keep them for a good while. They represented some very hard times when I poured out my heart to God and requested deliverance from people who were wreaking havoc in my life, mentally and spiritually. At first it was a cry for help.

Then the anger and bitterness set in.

So what I burned up last Monday, was years of anger and bitterness. I knew it was the right time. I felt nothing but freedom and peace. No regrets.

I don’t know what you write in your prayer journals. A friend of mine mentioned she writes down what she is thankful for. I think that’s a great idea!

For myself, I have decided I will no longer keep a prayer journal. I will talk to God immediately about any problems I am having, read scripture for the answers, and continue to pray without ceasing. I harbored a fear… if someone asked me to pray for them, I would not remember if I’d prayed unless I wrote it down. Now, if someone asks me to pray, I pray immediately so I don’t have to rely on a faulty memory.

I love to write, so thankfully for me, my daughter shared an alternative last week that she had found.

Is the Lord’s timing perfect or what?

Christian Book Distributors has a free Scripture Writing Challenge. You write out one verse of scripture a day for a year. Here is the PDF for the resource:

I started today.

Now, as I’m writing this post, I enjoy the sweetness of God thinking about me. (See today’s scripture above.) In writing out a verse a day, I am being led to learn more scriptures and their location in the Bible.

For the people that may continue to cause issues for me, the Psalms are full of scriptures to pray:

“Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.” Psalm 140:1-2 (With a few changes in wording, this is a great prayer to pray for Ukraine’s people)

“Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.” Psalm 140:4

“I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.” Psalm 140:12

“O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:” Psalm 7:1

“O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Psalm 7: 9-11

{Here is a prayer that goes with this scripture: Lord, your word tells me that you are “angry with the wicked every day.” Therefore, I will rest in your care for me, my friends, my inherited family, and my church family. I know you are thinking of me because Psalm 139 tells me that. I have total faith you can take care of the wicked and I am grateful that you are in control, and I am not. I put my trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen}

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 [Most versions, other than King James, do not have the second part: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” I think it is important to note, if you want God on your side, you need to not be living in your flesh (another word for sinning), but be going through life with the Holy Spirit guiding your every move.]

And all those scriptures/prayers are already written out for me. I just have to pray them:)

What is your favorite verse to pray when you are experiencing trouble in life?