Watch This! How God Uses Prayer Journaling


“Watch this, Mom!” 

I have heard that phrase countless times from my children over the years. And what does it require of me?

I must stop what I am doing, focus on them, and wait to see what they want to show me.

Recently, the Lord impressed upon me a passage of Scripture.

“I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what he has to say to me … The Lord answered me: Write down this vision.”
Habakkuk 2:1-2

Notice how I said the Lord impressed upon me? Perhaps you’re wondering how that happened.

How does the Lord impress something upon a person?

A few weeks ago, I was reviewing my journal from 2019 in preparation for 2020. I wanted to see what God had done, what goals had been attained and how to move forward in the new year. As I read the past entries, I was compelled to write a new prayer to the Lord.

“God, I want more of You in 2020. I want to see You, hear you, and do what You tell me to do. I’m going to be on the lookout for You.”  As I wrote this, I pictured myself on a lookout tower with my hand shading my eyes like the bill of a hat.

Later, I was reading a devotion on the YouVersion app on my phone. There were several verses to go along with the devotion. And wouldn’t you know it? One of the passages was the one from Habakkuk above.

I must admit, as soon as I noticed that I would be reading from Habakkuk, I felt a little miffed—like what’s in Habakkuk? I’m familiar with the book—a few stand out verses. What I mean is, I’ve read the entire Bible but I have never studied this three-chapter book. And I certainly could not tell you what it is about. Now, let me assure you, every word of the Scripture is God-breathed. And God reminded me of this!

I read the verses in Habakkuk and made the connection to my prayer I’d written in my journal.

Knowing this was not a coincidence and that the Lord was up to something, I wrote Habakkuk 2:1-2 in my journal.

“I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what he has to say to me … The Lord answered me: Write down this vision.” (emphasis mine) Habakkuk 2:1-2

I had no doubt that God was speaking to me through these verses. Why? He has spoken to me in this way before. I am familiar with His voice. It is different from my own internal dialogue.

To be honest, God’s voice is kinder and more loving while at the same time, more directive and often, downright audacious. 

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they will follow me.” John 10:27

Yes, God speaks to us.  

Do I hear an audible voice? No.

You see, years ago, God taught me to write my prayers in my journal so I would not get distracted. Since journaling my prayers worked so well, I also began to write out scripture in order to understand them better. Then I would write what the scriptures were impressing upon me. As I did this, God would reveal Himself to me. He would speak to me!

Another way I know what I have written in my journal is from the Lord is by checking with Scripture.

God never goes against His own word or character.

So many times the Holy Scriptures have come to life as I write them on the pages of my journal and then prayerfully write what the Spirit teaches me.

Notice that in the verses from Habakkuk that God tells him to watch and then to write down what the Lord will show him.

Can you think of other people in the Bible who God tells to “write it down?”

How about Moses? John (Revelation)? All the prophets?

My friends, God uses the written word. He uses the written words of Scripture which happens to be alive and powerful. He also uses the words we write.

After many years of prayer journaling, I have filled pages upon pages of my prayers to God and what God Himself says back to me.

It’s a conversation. That is exactly what prayer is—a two-way conversation.

God revealed to me a direction for 2020 through the verses in Habakkuk. He gave me two words, in particular, to carry with me in order to learn and to grow closer to Him: Watch and write.

Dear ones, God wants to reveal Himself to us.

He speaks if we will be still and station ourselves on the watchtower to see what He wants to show us and listen to what He wants to say.

God is saying to His children, “Watch this!” 

The question is, are we watching?

Join the conversation! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Want more information on prayer journaling? See my other post: 3 Ways to Prayer Journal

I hope you will join me next week when I share how to know you are hearing God’s voice.

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13 thoughts on “Watch This! How God Uses Prayer Journaling”

  1. Are we watching, are we listening? God is speaking, loudly and clearly, and if we don’t acknowledge His presence, we stand to miss out on so much that He has to offer. Beautiful reminder, Beckie, that we need to ever be open to Jesus’ love and grace.

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  2. This was very touching to me. If we do not pray about things we may get the answer, but won’t recognized God’s place in it. I haven’t journaled before, but would like to start. Thank you for the inspiration Beckie.

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  3. Wonderful post Ms. Beckie. I especially loved how you referenced “check with scripture” to confirm God’s voice. Validating the data point is something I’ve tried to teach folks in new business acquisition for many years; a practice that I too learned from my spiritual life. Even when the pastor brings a sermon, I go back and validate what they’ve shared with the word of God. What a great practice. God can speak to us in many ways, I think each of us have our unique ways. Mine, I think, is through nature. Love the idea of a journal though to help us see how far God has brought us each year. God’s blessings ma’am.

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    1. JD, Yes, God speaks to us “in one way and now another” (Job 33:14). I like to ‘prayerwalk’ around my neighborhood and city. I also like to take hikes and experience Him.
      What amazing me most is that the God of the Universe wants to meet with us and speak to us—wherever we are. Journaling is only one tool, but it has helped me tremendously.
      I’m glad you found this post helpful.


  4. This was a great reminder to me today, as just this morning I was too lazy to write out my thoughts and prayers during my time with God. Thank you for sharing this truth today!!

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    1. Hello, Emily! I’m glad this post served as a reminder for your continued spiritual growth. Isn’t it amazing that the Lord of All wants to speak to us?!
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share.
      Blessings on you and yours ❤


  5. Journaling is something I don’t tap into on a regular basis but probably need to do so. I bet when I slow down enough to write that my thoughts can process and I can better meditate on His Word. Such value there is to go back and see prayers answered while keeping fresh His insights. May we hear His voice and know He speaks through us. Such good helpful ways to be used of God by journaling. May we experience divine encounters and timely words for those in need!

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  6. Such a great article, Beckie. How awesome to think about the Lord saying to us, “Watch this…watch this my children and see how I’m going to move and what I’m going to do.” A powerful analogy my friend.


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