How to Create a Prayer Journal

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How can you create your own personal prayer journal?  What are the advantages of doing so?  The answers might surprise you and you will be blessed when you create your own personal prayer journal.

Writing Down Prayer Requests

Here is how you can begin your own, personal prayer journal.  I highly recommend creating one because in a few days, weeks, months, and even years, you can look back and reflect on how God has answered the prayer requests of so many different people.  We receive so many prayer requests at What Christians Want to Know that I write them down.

Who Should Be On Your Prayer List

Here are just a few thoughts on for whom you should pray. As you build your journal you will add to this list.

Pray for Government Leaders

I get many prayer requests from church members, family, local citizens and from the website here.

I believe one of the greatest things we can do is to give thanksgiving to God for all He has given us (Colossians 1:12).  One of the greatest sins is that of ingratitude.  Many ask what God’s will is.  The Bible tells us that we are to pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).  Take some blank sheets of paper and start writing out all that God has blessed you with.  I include my family, my home, my job, my church, my friends, and my freedom to worship but the list is endless. You could probably think of things you would include that I might not even mention here.  I believe it is biblical to pray for those in authority as Paul said pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2).  It is pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons (Ezra 6:10).  Today we don’t have kings, but we do have local authorities like the police, mayor, council members, the president, congress, and those who govern over us for our own welfare because these authorities that exist have been established by God (Romans 13:1). You may not agree with the president or the politicians, but they have been established by God and we would do well to pray for them.

Pray for Church Leaders

I also believe we should be praying for our pastors (include their wife and children) and the church leadership like the youth ministers, elders, deacons, board members, and committee members.  These men and women may face greater spiritual warfare and attacks than other Christians do because they are at the front of the spiritual battle.  We also need to be praying on a regular basis for missionaries for they are on the front lines of the spiritual war in this world and often times they face immeasurable and formidable foes and circumstances beyond their control.  Paul may have been the greatest missionary ever but he still asked the Thessalonians to pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Pray for Church Members

It is good to also pray for fellow church members.  Paul was a passionate man of prayer, writing to the Colossians that, the day we heard about you, have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:9-10).  Paul commanded the Ephesians to be Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).  Paul wrote, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people (1 Timothy 2:1).

Pray for Those Who Persecute You

How about those who hate you and persecute you for being a Christian?  Are you kidding?  Pray for those who attack you for your faith?  Jesus said, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).  I also get persecutions and attacks from other Christians who do not agree with me but I have discovered that it is best not to retaliate but to pray for them.  I do not budge on what I write that is taught in the Bible, but I have begun to pray for those who wrestle with the articles that I write.  Not for my own good or protection, but for God to bless them.  Hard?  Yes, but it is not impossible.

Ask Jesus to Pray for You

Think of this…Jesus prays for us!  Imagine hearing that prayer.  Jesus is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us (Romans 8:34). He told the disciples that He was not only praying for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word”, that “they may be one even as we are one (John 17:20, 22).  If we are on Jesus’ prayer list, how much more should we be praying for others in the church and for those who don’t yet know Christ.

How to do it; Creating Your Prayer Journal

Now that you know who to pray for, here is how you can create your own prayer journal and make daily entries.  I get many prayer requests from church members, family, local citizens and from the website here.  I quickly learned that I need to write these down and here is what I write down:

  • The person’s name
  • The date
  • The person’s situation (illness, joblessness, etc.)
  • The person’s prayer request
  • The date
  • I leave a blank space under it and put “Answer” and the date it was answered.

Then I make a line and separate the person from others.  I like to pray daily for my wife, my children, my grandchildren as this is truly a Christian’s first ministry…to their own family.  That’s the reason that I have them on a permanent list that is on the inside liner of my prayer journal notebook. This permanent list also includes the president and local authorities like the police department and fire fighters .

Now, here we begin to assemble our prayer requests on blank sheets or lined notebook paper. You can either buy a notebook (8 x 11 inch or so) with lined papers or buy a notebook binder with the 3-hole punch place for paper.  I like notebooks because I can collect them and quickly scan the dates and names for when people let me know that God has answered their prayers.  I put the dates on the upper right hand corner of each sheet to know precisely the day, month, and year like Saturday, 11/24/2012.  The place that is the blank section under the person’s name is where I put down how and what God did in answering their prayer…when and how it was answered.  Some may remain blank for some time but I have discovered that they slowly fill in over time.  Each day I turn to a new sheet of paper in my notebook.  This makes it easier to find names and dates so I can fill in the answered prayers or remind myself to keep praying until the prayer has been answered. It is as simple as that.

Conclusion

Creating your own prayer journal, and making sure you include your own supplications, is a faith-building experience. It is so edifying and encouraging to see how our God is such an awesome God.  A prayer journal is so easy to make and so wonderful to review and it prevents the important people and their prayer requests from leaking out of your memory.  Start your own prayer journal. It is inexpensive, it allows you to remember the prayer requests, and you can look them over later to see just how amazing God is.  He hears and answers our prayers.  I thank God for all He has done for us.  That is one of my memorized prayer requests when I pray to Him daily.  See if you don’t enjoy the experience as much as I have.  You won’t forget it…and you won’t regret it.

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Kaye Chalwell December 20, 2012 at 5:05 am

This is a great idea for starting the new year with. Thanks for such practical advice.

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thank you Kaye. I like your idea for the timely start of a Prayer Journal. Thank you for your words of encouragement too.

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Pamela Rose Williams December 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Love this article brother. I quite agree with Kaye, the timing is impeccable! Well done.

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thank you Pam…as always, your comments are impeccably encouraging, so sister of Barnabas! LOL

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Josh December 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

Thank you Jack for this. I need to start doing this. I too often try to rely on memory and that does not always work!

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Thanks Josh. I borrowed this idea from a friend and so I can’t really take credit for it. Truly, I need to write things down for us “grandpa’s” have a problem with stuff leaking out! LOL

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Ann December 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thanks for this article Jack. I’ve journaled for years… something I learned from my mom. Sometimes when I’m feeling down, I scan back over a few years and see just how blessed I really am!!!

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Thank you Ann. You’ve got a great faith-builder when you journal. Your comments gave me great pleasure for it was very encouraging and I thank you.

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Tumelo semase December 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Hi mr wellman my name is tumelo i live in south africa,i have read your article,i need help,i want to be born again,i dont know how pray,sometimes when i try to pray i forget what to say and repeting one word again and again please help me

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hello Tumelo. I am overjoyed you want to become part of the family of God. Here is what it means to be born again. It means:

Believing that Jesus is your personal Savior
Believing with your heart and not just your head
Relying on, fully trusting in, leaning upon, and resting in — Him
Believing that He is your Savior first and allowing the Holy Spirit to help you make Him your Lord too
Believing that there is no other way to the Father in Heaven except by Jesus Christ alone

Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Put your trust in Jesus to save you. For more about what it means to be saved or born again, please click on this link below…and please Tumelo, let us know if you do. Greetings to you in South Africa my friend.

https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

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Peter Hooper December 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hi Tumelo. One of Mr Wellman’s points was: “Believing with your heart and not just your head”. That is correct, but perhaps I might add a clarifying comment.

There is a wide spread conviction that if you are “born again” you will have a “walking on cloud nine” feeling, like romantic love for a boy/girlfriend. Sometimes that does happen but commonly does not, so don’t be disillusioned by false expectations.

Another relevant point is that “speaking in tongues” is NOT a mandatory sign that a person has been born into the Kingdom of God. Without wanting to give a lengthy discourse, such an expectation is unbiblical and unhelpful. Avoid the expectation of certain emotions or spiritual gifts. Satan rejoices when he is able to sow seeds of doubt or dispirit one’s faith.

Turning to Jesus is a decision and commitment. Put your trust and faith in him and he will honour that and bless you.

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Patricia Schneider December 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thank you, Pastor Jack, for this article. Use to keep a prayer journal years ago. Think I’ll start one up again for the coming New Year. (Liked your comment to Josh about ‘Grandpa’s.’) How many grand-kids do you have? God loves you! Patty

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Patty. I have 3 grandsons and they are all boy! They love to wrestle and wore “pa pa” out the other day. God loves you as well, for you are a female version of Barnabas, who was the son of encouragement.

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Akinmeji Mayor December 29, 2012 at 7:19 am

I bless God for your life. This encouragement on creating a personal prayer journal is one of such significant issues that are required to keep us moving and effective on our daily walk with God.May the grace of God be multiplied unto you. Wishing you and your entire family a fruitful year 2013.

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Harold Cameron December 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

My dear brother,

Thanks for sharing the timely reminder about praying for others and how to do so more effectively by using a journal. Your article was very edifying and most helpful and I am going to personally use the format you outlined for praying as I think it is not only Biblical but also practical. Thank you. God bless!

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justine December 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

This is great guide line for me as i end the year and getting ready to pray for my prayer needs of 2013.
God bless you pastor Jack.

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Nicholas January 4, 2013 at 3:55 am

I would like to ask for you to take a moment and pray for my wife and myself , we’ve had to declare bankruptsy , and have moved in with her mother , my step daughter is having so many problems growing up and she is 23 years old . My wife worries and so do I about so many things . I know the Bible , and I know GOD’s promises , but as you I am human , and extremely overwhelmed , I just want to know others are praying for us , it means so much !!

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Jack Wellman January 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

Hello Nicholas. I will be glad to pray for you my friend. I know it is overwhelming but the fact is that you had the wisdom to come & request prayer & I will pray for this hard place you are in at present. When we are at the end of our ropes, there is God waiting for us to trust in Him and do what only He can do.

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Nicholas January 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Thank-you so much for the prayers , I have felt such a feeling of peace already today , I know we give GOD the Glory , HE truly is showing HIMSELF to me , HE moves right at the correct speed , doesn’t HE ? Thank- you for continuing to pray for us on this request !!

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AKISI TORAU January 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

PRAISE THE LORD !!!!
AMEN !THIS IS A BLESSING TO ME ABOUT THE STEPS OF PRAYER. IT REALLY HELPS ME A LOT.THANK YOU SO-MUCH!PLEASE DO PRAY FOR MY THREE KIDS PLEASE.I REALLY NEED YOUR PRAYER.

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Jack Wellman January 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hello Akisi. I am glad this helped you to pray more easily and more effectively. I will pray for your three children. May God richly bless you all and thank you for visiting us.

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Patricia Schneider January 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! What a wonderful, historic day it’s been! Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. AND the 2nd. Inauguration of President Barak Obama! Dr. King’s DREAM has finally been realized! (And more work to continue, right?)
Just wanted to share w/you that I started up my ‘Prayer Journal’ (or Prayer Board, as a friend of mine calls his) yesterday. My hubby, Gary, gave me a perfect-sized binder for it. Read over your article to make sure I got all the pertinent parts included! Thanks again, Pastor Jack!
Always in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman January 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thank you Patty. You are far to kind to me in your words and better than I deserve, surely. The great saint, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my heroes for he strived for equal rights by means of peaceful solutions. He is one man I truly can’t wait to meet in the Kingdom. I am glad this Prayer Journal helps you and I pray it helps others too. Thank you so kindly.

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Patricia Schneider January 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Good evening, Pastor Jack!
Just want to say that I am so, so happy bi-polar depression lifted almost 5 months ago! To truly see and KNOW God’s bountiful LOVE for us, being able to pray again & read His Word, the Bible, discovering this site, WCWTK…the blessings are endless! I am NOT even worried about when/if depression sneaks back upon me again…for JESUS has ALWAYS kept me close to Him, NEVER HAS HE LET ME GO!
Will you pray for my hubby, Gary? He has kidney disease and overall is doing OK. Yet, some complications w/dialysis do pop up too often for comfort, and his wonderful spirits go awry. Of course, I pray for Gary continuously! Try to share some of my recent knowledge given to me by the Holy Spirit through WCWTK. I can tell he’s not in the ‘mood’ for chats or discussions of any kind, my words fall on deaf ears.

I’ve added EVERYONE involved with WCWTK to my ‘prayer journal.’ Today, I added Nicholas above (January 4, 2013.)
What a really tough spot to be in, but he and his family WILL pull through. You’re right, Pastor Jack, when you’re at the end of your ropes, God is there waiting for us, to do what He plans. (Did I get that right?)
If I get too wordy, let me know…do tend to go on & on~.
More blessings for you, Pastor Jack, and your family!
Always in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman January 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

You know Patty…your family is blessed to have a godly woman of faith like you who prays for them…and I will gladly join in with you. Never too wordy, please don’t worry about that. I know your passion for those who are close to your heart and those who are lost without Christ at present. May God richly bless you and your family and your prayers.

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Nicholas January 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

I don’t want to hog any space here , but I must say , I know to GOD be the Glory GREAT things HE has and will do , and thanks for other Christians who pray for me and my family , people I don’t even know adding names to prayer lists , and so on , it means so very much , I love the priveledges we have , so many , and prayer is , well , I just don’t feel I can use words to describe it , it is so wonderful .

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Jack Wellman January 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

Amen Nicholas. As I told Patty in the above comment, we are blessed to have a godly woman of faith like you who prays and those who also join in with us. I sense you have a strong passion for those who are close to your heart and those who are lost without Christ at present. May God richly bless you and your family and your prayers.

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Patricia Schneider January 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

Bless you and your family, Nicholas! You have been given the precious GIFT of FAITH! You and your family are in my ‘Prayer Journal.’ NEVER doubt the power of GOD’S LOVE AND MERCY!
Right?
As for ‘hogging space,’ I believe this site, WCWTK, was created to help us Christians with their questions and comments. So, I wouldn’t be too concerned about that.
Always in Christ, Jesus….Patty Schneider

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Jack Wellman May 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Patty…what a precious saint of God you are. Thank you for joining in prayer for Nicholas.

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Grace May 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

@Nicholas,

I will be praying for your family’s needs and financial situation.
You may want to look up Crown Ministries (Christian, Bible-based) or Debtors Anonymous (non-Bible based) to obtain additional help.

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Jack Wellman May 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Grace, I will tell you what I told Patty…what a precious saint of God you are. Thank you for joining in prayer for Nicholas and I truly thank God for you and for Patty.

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Grace May 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Hi Pastor Jack,

Thanks for your thoughtful ideas about how to put together a good prayer journal. A friend at church has her prayer journal organized: specific prayers/comments about Scripture/thoughts
in the front; prayers for our church pastors/elders, deacons,
members, family members, friends, neighbors, leaders, in the back.

I like your idea about praying for your enemies, something I need to do more of and more diligently.

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Jack Wellman May 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Grace, this is perhaps the most difficult thing to do…pray for those who hate you, persecute you, or despitefully use or abuse you….but then I remember Jesus on the cross; “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Truly, a person who does not have the Holy Spirit can NOT know the things of God and so they are not responsible. And Jesus forgave us while we were still enemies of the cross, before we were saved.

Thank you and I thank God for you Grace. You are such an encouragement my friend.

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Patricia Schneider May 6, 2013 at 2:04 am

Hello, Pastor Jack!
Your sweet words are such an encouragement! Calling ME, “a precious saint of God?” If only~! Maybe on my last day here on earth, I will attain that status, DO try daily to live as God wants us Christians to! Thank you, Pastor Jack!
This is for Grace (May 5, 2013.) OK?

Hello, Grace!
Read your comment about having to pray for your enemies more and earnestly. Boy, do I know exactly what you mean ’cause I’ve been where you are now.
In my early 20’s, I was raped by someone I knew. I think most women would agree that this crime is the most humiliating, devastating abuse that can happen upon them. Not only the body is hurt, but the soul, the heart, one’s entire being.
When I went to report this creep, the Police Officer, a personal friend of mine, told me that a trial would be extremely volatile, the bottom line would be his word vs. mine. This was back in the early 1970’s, the crime of rape usually was the woman’s “fault.” (Unfortunately, this absurdity continues in some courts.)
As this creep was very popular and well-liked in the neighborhood where we both lived, I decided not to press charges. Thank Sweet Jesus, he never bothered me again.
As for forgiving this creep, I couldn’t, Grace. My spirit was simply too shattered. So, I asked Jesus to forgive him while I “work on” forgiving him myself! It wasn’t until this creep died years later that my heart could truly let go and totally forgive him. Even ask Jesus to bestow mercy on Bobby. When I’d said that simple prayer, ALL the malice and hurt in my heart vanished! I was finally “free” to forgive everyone who has hurt me in any way. EVERYONE, Grace! And this sweet Grace is still within me.
Thanks for your comment, Grace!
Oodles of blessings for you and your family!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Donna January 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Hello Patty,

I just read your story.
It is awful t go through things like that in life. I, too have had many bad things hapoen to me, and I found that I could not forgive by myself.

You said:
So, I asked Jesus to forgive him while I “work on” forgiving him myself!

I found that I couldn’t forgive the people who hurt me myself. I have to lift it to God. I acknowledged to God that I knew that unforgiveness was wrong, and that I wanted to do the right thing, not the wrong thing, and so I asked God to forgive me for feeling this way about others, and to take away these feelings, to change my mind and my heart so that I fully forgave them.

The consequences of this prayer, asked earnestly and in desperation, was extreme. God changed me and for the first time in my whole life (at that point 30 years) I felt completely different towards these people, including my parents who I had been abused by for 30 years (they re alcoholics through most of that time). I felt a huge weigh lifted off my shoulders literally.

I guess what I am trying to say is…
God doesn’t want us to do anything wrong, but choose right. However, in situations of hurt, it can be incredibly difficult to let go of those associated feelings and unforgiveness.

God never says in the Bible that we are on our own, but tells us time and time again to come to Him for help.

We should therefore go to Him for help, including when we know we need to forgive someone.

When we have not forgiven, we are being held in chains to that person for what they did. Trying to break those chains ourselves is a backbreaking, potentially impossible task; however, by asking God to break those chains, we can be reassured that He will heal us and purify our hearts and minds, and unburden us.

God wants us to involve Him in our lives, let us invite Him into every situation and ask for His help, His healing, His direction and guidance, and that His Will be done.

God is all powerful and is infinite in that power. There is nothing that He cannot achieve within us, if we ask Him.

No-one should struggle on when they know God. Struggling by yourself is wasted time, time where you are reaching towar your potential.

Don’t let anything hold you back (this is wha the devil wants), but instead reach it to God, involve Him in everything and hold His hand and be led. He knows the way, and what’s up ahead.

God will work with those who work with Him.
Invite him into your situations, and see Him working in those situations.

Our God is fantastic – praise be to Him!
Amen

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Jack Wellman January 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Donna…what a biblically solid and wonderfully freeing comment you wrote. Wow. I am so impressed by this post and I thank God for you adding to this article the truth with which you spoke so eloquently.

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Donna January 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Thank you jack!!! I cannot tell you how reassuring that reply is to me. I have only been in the church 73 weeks and 4 days and I cannot every day a blessing – each day I a, hear on earth, I have a purpose and I know that I can make a difference for God’s Kingdom. I rely on God to create those opportunities where I can make this difference. Responding to the nice lady has made me feel that I have made a difference, sown a seed which I pray will help her in her relationship with God.

I hadn’t expected a response from you though Jack, and it has encouraged me.

I like and desire to be open about God’s Word and Truth in society and in my church I attend, and I have found that I have grown so quickly, spiritually, that it is hard within my church, to find people on the same ‘wavelength’ as me (perhaps ‘spiritual maturity’ is a better word?).

Therefore, I feel encouraged that you saw the solidness of what I said. I aim to please God in all I do, but I did not how biblically solid my words were…I try, but to those who know more than me, I didn’t know how I can across. It is good to know that I am moving in the right direction.

Your words are so encouraging. ‘So impresssed’, I a, not sure I have ever had anyone say that t me my whole life, nor ‘eloquent’.

Despite being only 31, I have never been able to remember anything I read or hear (it’s a brain thing I’ve always had…Even in primary school (age 4 to 11), I couldn’t even remember my friends names, or what I have just done), and I have always been the same; except now God helps. I am still beyond terrible at these things; however, the information that God makes come out of my mouth and rough my typing is miraculous!!! I have always been very bad at my talking too. I was always very quiet and stumbled over my words and have spent my whole life not being able to find the right word for what I wanted to say. I have spent my whole life with many symptoms that those with Alzheimer’s have, but this was just my norm. So ‘eloquent’ is amazing to hear; as I know God is achieving amazing things through me.
And He has ever since I said hello to Him in the first place.

I used to be on my deathbed with brain damage (a virus attacked my brain stem) and heart failure (the virus settled in my heart afterwards). I risked dying if I sat up (my heart could have failed instantly), and I couldn’t walk or use my arms properly for the same reason. My muscle weakness and heart damage was so profound I could bearly move even a finger. I was fed by others, struggled to swallow, frequently choked on my own saliva. I was dependent on others for everything. I couldn’t think properly. And was too I’ll to have people in the room with me. To have Carers in the room with me, felt like I was being tortured…my senses were easily overloaded and my heart failure got worse and worse.

On a number of occasions, I thought I was going to die, indeed I didn’t know how I didn’t. I was too I’ll to be alive.

But now I know God have a different plan and purpose for my life that I could not have comprehended nor imagined.

One day, one Carer spoke to me about Jesus and God, and looking back I am nt even sure that it was accurate; however, I felt an overwhelmingly feeling that I had failed God, and needed to say sorry, and ask Him to help me.

After my carer left that night, I spoke to God the best I could (I had severe difficulty talking because of my heart and brain damage), repenting and crying considerably, basically that I will really sorry that I had ignored Him my whole life, and please help me to be a better person, and that I didn’t want to go to Hell, and please help me know what to do because I didn’t know what to do to be a Christian. That was the night that God came into my life. And I felt better knowing that I had said sorry.

A week later, a different carer asked me whether I had asked God to heal me. I said no. (I knew nothing really about God, and thought VERY wrongly, that being a Christian was largely about believing God would help you have strength and courage to do things, but I viewed it from a more ‘mind over matter’ viewpoint. I thought God just helped you feel better. I didn’t realise He actually did things.

That night I prayed for my healing. I now know how important it is to believe 100% that God will heal you; but back then I knew practically nothing; however, I knew no-one in the world could cure me, so I knew that left my only hope being with God.

So I prayed believing that if I could be cured then, He was my last chance. And I was healed instantly that moment!

There is no easy way to say that. It just happened.
I felt different straight away, but, in my own way felt I must be just feeling ‘on high’; so I happily went to sleep. The next morning I felt ‘normal’ (I had been I’ll for 13 years, since the age of 18) and housebound and bed kind for 10 years), but ‘normal’ was the feeling I thought it was. I thought it VERY strange, but it took a number of days of cautiousness, before I knew something had more permanently happened to me. Logic does not, and can not explain this sort of situation. It was a while (a month or so) before I felt that ‘this’ is it, forever, cured. But I lived in fear for a while prior to that that I would return t my previous health…when you have been in that situation, I cannot begin to tell you how scary it is, the idea of possibly going back to your deathbed again.

I had to learn to walk again, but with God’s help that only took about a week. And nearly 12 weeks from the date I was cured, I heard the church bells rungung, and knew that that was the day to go to church. So I went off into my very first church…terrified I had no idea what to expect, cried all the way thought the first service; and I have not looked back since…that was 74 weeks and 3 days ago. And I cannot begin to tell you the change in me, what God has achieved through me, and all that God is to me. That is a epic story in itself!

I was thinking about my walk so far with God recently, and one thing I have noticed that in all the areas I have excelled, and areas in which people have even made comments; they are all areas of extreme weakness (to laughably weak areas) in me. It got me thinking, what other weaknesses do I have!!! What’s God going to do next??? I know that His power is made perfect in weakness. And that is exactly what He is doing in my life. And I thank Him for that!

I WOULD SAY TO ANYONE READING THIS POST…
Get out of the boat, the safety of your own little world, and step out, in faith, onto that water, and walk…

1) Make sure you are right with God, by asking Him to show you all sins that you haven’t repented of yet,

2) Fully repent of those sins, asking God to change you so that you do not do them again (don’t try to do it in your own strength, you will fail at some point…God works within us to change us with permanent effect)

3) Read your Bible every day, each morning and evening is good, as you start and finish your day with God. And if you have started your day without reading your Bible, you have started your day without God’s guidance; and we all need this.

Ask God to draw your attention to what He wants you take special note of, and ask Him to make your heart and mind receptive to His truth, and to increas your understanding and wisdom of His Word.

By acknowledging Him, early on in your morning, you will be consciously aware of His prescence throughout your day…ask Him to be with you, prepare you for the day ahead, and that His will be done. There are so many things you can ask Him.

Remember to praise and thank Him for all you can think of. And ask Him for His help along the way.

If you are right with God, and are reading your Bible at least once daily; you should be absorbing God’s Word and acknowledge what God / Jesus says is right and wrong.

Repent to God for ever wrong you come across as stated in the Bible that you have done yourself, and ask God to change you so you don’t do this anymore.

And for those things that God / Jesus says is a good thing to do, similarly ask God to help you do those things, to work in you, through you, transform you…

You will see transformation.
God is not so much interested in your ability (we all naturally have weakness and fears that hold us back from attempting certain things); but He is interested in our desires in our hearts and our intentions.

Do you wish to please God, and do what is right?

If you genuinely want to do the right thing…it is not whether you are personally any good at doing it; God is interested in our intentions. He will work with and in, to help those who desire the right things.

It is your desire, not your ability that matters.
Do not be held back by your human limitations.

If you are genuinely a Christian, you will have God’s spirit living inside you, and His spirit opens up the door to new possibilities, behind your imagination.

Therefore, if God says something is a good thing to do, ask God to help you do it. Get out of that boat, and walk on that water, and be assured that God is with you to carry you through, and will honour your trust and effort for Him…expect blessings.

Some think that by doing what God wants us to do, that we are trapped and restricted, yet the reality is that He sets us free; free from all the world throws at us; we do no have to be string enough to deal with these thingsm we do not need to knwo what to do in any gvien situaiton, we do not need to have the skills, confidence, or knowledge; we can call upon God, and through His Holy Spirit, He supports, guides or carries us through them; and this can ONLY be achieved through Him. We are free because God takes the burden of it all, the pain, and difficulties and struggles and He sorts us out and gives us all we need.

Serving God should not feel like a chore. And those walking more closely with God will not see a relationship with God in this way. It is a privilege to have a relationship with God and to get to know Him, my creator.

Thanks be to God that He works with us in this way; that He cares and knows us intently; and that He wants a relationship with us. We are so blessed.

May we lift up His name, and may the angels rejoice at His Holiness, grace and mercy, faithfulness and never failing love for us.

Hallelujah, Praise The Lord!
All glory and honour to god, Our Father!
Amen.

P.S. I am sorry I write so much…got to try not to do that. An inability to be concise in my writing is also a major weakness of mine.

I just thought it important to share these things with you now.

If you got to the bottom of this – well done!
I pray that it will have touched you in some way, and that God use it for His glory and Kingdom.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this with you.

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Jack Wellman January 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Donna, please no apology is needed for writing so much. You are an inspiration to me and others to “get out of the boat” (love that!) and keep your eyes on Jesus. Yes, God is still answering prayer and your testimony shows us that we must act on that faith and believe Him and He will never disappoint. You are solid evidence that God is still moving powerfully in the lives of those who are His own children. I thank God for you Donna and may God richly bless you to tell others how they too can keep hope in a God who is a Father to the fatherless.

Patricia Schneider May 6, 2013 at 2:28 am

It’s me, again! Forgot to tell you, when re-reading your article above, something VERY important popped out at me. About “asking Jesus to pray for you?” WOW! Loved that! Already wrote it on 1st. page of Prayer Board (Journal) highlighted in yellow!
Must have read this article at least 4 times, Pastor Jack. For some reason, this wonderful bit of advice just slipped right on by~! Think it’s ’cause I read too fast, a bad habit picked up studying for tests in high school. Hee-Hee! Seriously, I try VERY hard NOT TO READ GOD’S WORD QUICKLY. I now speak His Word aloud, and slowly. You realize it’s been over a year now since I’ve started re-reading the Bible, and every day? Praise Sweet Jesus! And special blessings to you, Pastor Jack, for all the guidance you’ve given to all of us at WCWTK!
Remember about those “index cards” for remembering Scripture? Don’t be disappointed in me, Pastor, but after 4 months or so, just could NOT remember Book, chapter or verses. Only the message of the chapter. Yet, I have found since re-reading the Bible, I am able to quickly find what I’m looking for! And that’s the real point of reading God’s Word…for counsel, instruction, guidance, comfort…EVERYTHING IN LIFE CAN BE ANSWERED IN GOD’S WORD! And getting to know and love God again has been the greatest blessing I’ve ever received, Pastor Jack! All praise and glory be unto our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus, His Holy Spirit! Amen.
Did it again~! Rambled on…..
Oodles of blessings for you and your family, Pastor Jack!
Always, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Nicholas May 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

I HAVE FOUND MYSELF AT TIMES FEELING THAT I SOMETIMES WANT TO SEE MYSELF IN A WAY WHERE SOMEONE HAS GOT ME ALL WRONG , THEY HAVE HEARD THINGS OR HEAR THINGS , IMAGINE THINGS , WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND I KNOW I AM BEING BLAMED OF SOMETHING I AM NOT REMOTELY GUILTY OF , THE TONGUE IS A DANGEROUS THING AGAINST US , AND SEEING WHERE A LADY KNOWS THAT BEING RAPED CAN BE MADE TO MAKE HER LOOK GUILTY IS SUCH A TERRIBLE THING , BUT IT IS DONE TO THEM . I GUESS MEN FEEL SOMETIMES IF THEY ARE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT THEY HAVE LITTLE TO THINK OF TO DO TO MAKE OTHERS KNOW THE REAL TRUTH , GOD KNOWS – ALL , HE IS OUR WITH US TO SEE US THROUGH , BUT THAT ROAD IS HARD TO TRAVEL , I THINK ABOUT HOW JESUS WAS ACCUSSED , ETC. , AND EVEN HIS CALLED ONES FLED , HE MOST BELOVED HEARING THE COCK CROW 3 TIMES , WHAT HUMILATION HE WENT THROUGH , IT CERTAINLY IS HARD FOR THOSE MAKING AN EFFORT AND GO THROUGH SUCH THINGS , I CERTAINLY WANT TO PRAY FOR ALL THOSE AND THEY PRAY FOR ME , FOR THEY KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT BEING FALSELY ACCUSED MEANS !!

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Donna January 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Amen!
I know how that feels Nicholas.

It hurts so deeply, but it is nothing God can’t lift away from us; we must always ask God to take awa these things, not think that we have to do it by ourselves, dragging it on for many years.

It is true God sees everything, and it is reassuring that God will ensure justice is done (although it might not be in the way we thnk it should be done, but God know best).

It is also wonderful to know that God knows our every pain, our every injustice and we will be blessed for enduring unfair treatment, and not retaliating, but responding in God’s way.

God always uses every bad thing, for good. He always brings good out of the bad, even where we can’t see ow this would be possible. Sometimes it is only years later, we can see.

My life prior to knowing God, was awful. I felt I was a nothingness, worthless, unloved and I was at the mercy of others…yet the abuse I suffered and that held on to me for 30 years, and the illness that ravaged my body (for 13 years), until I was housebound and bed bound for 10 years and on my deathbed.

I became a Christian 87 weeks and 5 days ago, because of something a Carer said to me…and a week later i prayed for Him to cure me, He cured me instantly and completely.

It is only through God’s mercy and love and guidance and comfort; that I have been healed physically, emotionally, mentally…and for the first time in life, I have actually found a reason for living; I have a purpose, and I am loved.

In God’s arms I lie. I involve Him in all I do, and I seek to please Him and serve Him. And I knew tha I have heaven to look forward to; and it’s going to be FANTASTIC!!!

Many people do not understand… but a life without a relationship with God, is a life which has not truly started living. It is only God who sets us free, else we are bound by this world.

I can see now, how everything that happens to me and in the world around me, has a purpose, and I can see how these things are working together for God’s Kingdom.

God is amazing – all praise to Him!
Amen

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Josh July 5, 2013 at 3:03 am

Government leaders are usually elected and chosen by humans, not God. And history shows the government replaces God when it has too much power.

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Donna January 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

In Romans 13:1, it says:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

To me this sounds as if God has established authorities. These people my then go on to do bad things (God gives us all free-will, so He cannot control people); however, I know God is good, and all knowing, and I know He will have put certain leaders in place for a good reason.

I have never hugely thought deeply about this subject, so I don’t have anything else to say.

I don’t feel that scripture is speaking abiut past times only though.

What are your thoughts? What is the Holy Spirit giving you?

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Donna January 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

In Romans 13:1, it says:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

To me this sounds as if God has established authorities. These people my then go on to do bad things (God gives us all free-will, so He cannot control people); however, I know God is good, and all knowing, and I know He will have put certain leaders in place for a good reason.

I have never hugely thought deeply about this subject, so I don’t have anything else to say.

I don’t feel that scripture is speaking abiut past times only though.

What are your thoughts? What is the Holy Spirit giving you?

God bless you xxx

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Jack Wellman January 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Thank you Donna for your comment and question. I think you are right…these verses are about the past, the present and the future, so yes, I believe these are directed to all men and women who have and are rulers right now but we know that all will stand before God to give an account for all they have done. So yes, I agree, I believe you are right that these Scriptures are for all time…thanks friend. And may God richly bless you Donna.

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Nicholas July 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

LORD , I PRAY THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS ALTHOUGH WE GO THROUGH TRIALS , WILL SEE OUR PRAYERS FOR OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS THAT KNOWING GOD IS BIGGER THAN IT ALL HE WILL CHANGE THINGS THE WAY HE SEES FIT TO THE BETTER , LET US OUT WEIGH WITH POWERFUL PRAYER TO GOD IN JESUS NAME , HE HAS TAUGHT US TO PRAY UNTIL THE END , HELP US LORD TO HOLD TO OUR FAITH IN YOU THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH YOU !!!!!!!!!!

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