A fascinating study was done more than a decade ago on 300 of history’s greatest minds from a wide variety of disciplines. The researcher, Catherine Cox, found one common denominator among them. They all kept a journal of one kind or another!
Next to my Bible, nothing is more sacred to me than my journal. I think journaling our thoughts and prayers and dreams is one of the most important yet least practiced spiritual disciplines. As we close out 2012, I’m able to look back at the things I’ve circled and give God praise for the prayers He’s answered. That’s huge!
We have a tendency to remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember. The antidote to spiritual amnesia is journaling. Day 5 in Draw The Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge focuses on journaling like a journalist. When we journal we are not only documenting the faithfulness of God, but we are also obeying a command. Habakkuk 2:1 says, “Write down the revelation.”
The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory!
The Circle Maker Prayer Journal released this week. At the top of every page is a little prayer maxim with margined pages to journal. We tried to design something that was nice, but not too pricey. I also wanted it to be very user-friendly–easy-to-turn pages and comfortable margins. Of course, it’s not about the physical journal. It’s about what you put on the pages!Dec 20, 2012 | Mark Batterson