PersistentHeart Prayer Journal Giveaway!!

by Stephanie Byrnes of PersistentHeart

persistentheartOk, it’s 6:30. I have 30 minutes until Ainsley wakes up. She’s going to want pancakes this morning. She asked for them last night, and I said I’d make them this morning. Coffee. I need coffee. Ok, Jesus. Let’s see. What do I need to pray for? You know my needs. They are so many. I need more patience with my children. Forgive me for my outburst at Sophie yesterday when she hit her sister. I didn’t model your love and discipline. I spoke out of anger. O, and Spirit, protect my husband’s mind from blows to his confidence at work. Remind him of his value. Father, bless my neighbors. Give me opportunities to serve them and know them, to show them your love. And while we are at it, could you just give me more time in the day? That’d be great, Father. This 24 hour thing really isn’t working for me.

It’s hard to say what my prayer life just a few months ago looked like because most mornings were like this. I sat at the Father’s feet, begging for help, searching for encouragement, while being overwhelmed at just how much I needed to pray for. The result? In the words of a friend, a lot of “quick and generic” prayers void of passion or true meditation.

Then one morning as I was going through my hurried routine, squeezing in as much quiet prayer time as possible, I ran across Luke 18 in my readings. This chapter holds the parable of the “Persistent Widow.” In the parable Jesus describes a widow who approached a judge day after day asking for justice against her enemy until finally the judge granted her request “so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” (Luke 18:5).  Jesus went on to compare this to our cries to the Lord. “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly” (vs.7-8).

Upon reading, I was convicted at the lack of persistence in my prayer life. Was I crying out to the Lord day and night? Was I requesting justice in the same way the persistent widow did? Certainly not. I was praying on a whim, failing to pray for the areas closest to my heart consistently.

Thus the birth of PersistentHeart Prayer Journals.

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I created this journal originally for myself by assigning myself four categories per day to pray for weekly. Essentially, I made appointments in my prayer journal to focus intentionally on four pressing topics in my life daily, with persistency. Sundays I dedicated to stewardship, the lost, the global body of believers, and the local body of believers. Monday was reserved for my husband, for my role as a wife, for our marriage. Tuesday for my three girls and godly mothering. By making appointments in my prayer life throughout the week, I found myself not randomly popping out “quick and generic” prayers, but intentional and focused prayers. And by bringing the same topics to the Lord weekly, I created a persistence in my prayer life I had not known earlier.

This journal has transformed my prayer life so dramatically, allowing me to leave behind frazzled feelings during prayer, that I prayfully decided to offer this tool to others. In my PersistentHeart Etsy shop you can choose from a variety of personalized journal covers with your name and year on it, as well as four different custom topics you want to pray for each day of the week.

You can also visit the PersistentHeart blog where I describe ways the PersistentHeart Journals can be used to deepen your prayer life, as well as the power of prayer in general.

For Missional Motherhood readers, I’d like to bless one woman with a FREE PersistentHeart Prayer Journal ($35 value). Read below for the giveaway details.

*At Missional Motherhood, we love to offer our readers practical tools that equip them to know God intimately and make Him known in their homes. When Stephanie contacted us about doing a giveaway, we LOVED how perfectly PersistentHeart prayer journals fit with our July Prayer Series as well as our mission here at MM. In Praying Circles Around Your Children, Mark Batterson says this:

“You don’t become a praying parent by default. You do it by design, by desire, by discipline…Your prayers will live on in (your children’s) lives long after you die. Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can leave.”

Moms, it’s time to get serious about our prayers. Our prayers, or lack there of, are literally shaping the futures of our families. God is calling us to an active roll in the spirit realm on behalf of our children, our families, and the world. If you would like to enter for the chance to win a free, personalized PersistentHeart prayer notebook, you can do so by “liking” Missional Motherhood on Facebook (if you have not done so already), sharing this post via Facebook or Twitter, and commenting below this blog post. The winner will be chosen Monday, August 4 at midnight by a random number generator based on the comments below. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to stay a while! ~ Lindsey

The winner of the giveaway is Sharli Allen, comment number one, as chosen by a random number generator. Thank you to all the participants, and we will do more fun giveaways in the future! If you still want a journal for yourself, you can visit the PersistentHeart Etsy shop. Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 9.55.46 PM

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110 comments

  1. Sharli Allen says:

    What an incredible way to organize and stay consistent in my prayer life! It is so easy to just blurt out my prayers to God in a whimsical manner only to get up and forget them throughout my day. Love love this!

  2. Pat Sexton says:

    I am a grandmother of 10, mother of 3,and wife of 53 years to my husband. It is 5am and I am up praying and studying God’s word to equip me for this day. I want to thank you for this website and your love for our Lord in encouraging others. I have passed this blog on to my daughters-in-law, friends, and other grandmothers. I have struggled to stay focused in my prayer life, and sometimes feel frustrated. All of your helpful hints have certainly been a God send to me. Thank you so much. Keep up God’s work!!
    Praying and standing in the gap.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thank you so much for the encouragement and for following along Pat! I so appreciate the sweet comment 🙂 – Lindsey

  3. Ashley Heath says:

    I love the idea of this journal! I have been wanting and needing some structure and organization in my prayer life, so I think this journal will really help with that. Thank you so much for the prayer series you’ve been doing; it has been a huge help to me as a mom.

  4. Mandi Adams says:

    I would love to have this wonderful journal!!! I need all the help I can get staying focused and organized in my prayer life! My family has no hope without The Lord!! I need His help EVERYDAY. I know would he a great addition to my quiet time basket!

  5. Emily Bobbitt says:

    If I don’t win I will be purchasing one! I could definitely use the help on more focused prayer 🙂

  6. Kristen Williams says:

    What a great idea. I just “liked” your FB page recently and am loving the blog. Thank you for your hard work!

  7. Jessie says:

    So awesome! This website has been a daily encouragement and a great applicable way to provide biblical parenting for kids!

  8. amy says:

    I love this website & look forward to being blessed by the posts each & every day. I would love to win one of these journals!

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      I agree Annette! I am keeping this idea tucked away for next time I need to give a gift to a friend! – Lindsey

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to start a prayer journal for a while and this seems like a great place to start, I like how organized it is and the layout is very clean. Great idea!

  10. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement to pray like the persistent widow. It’s one of my favorite parables.

  11. Allison says:

    This journal sounds like a great tool. I definitely need to be more focused and organized in my prayer time. Sometimes my brain is running non stop from the time I wake up until I go to sleep with all that I “need” to do. It can be hard to stop and really pray without distraction.

  12. Miriam Koonce says:

    I have been lacking in actually making prayer time. I am a mother of a toddler and one on the way. I think this could help. I was up the last few mornings before my child and I just feel the need to pray and I did buy usually my prayers turn into thoughts racing thru my head or sleep. I need to do better

  13. Brooke Pilant says:

    Mom of 3; Wife of high school sweetheart; 6th grade math teacher; soccer mom;
    Daughter; Sister; Friend; Neighbor; really would LOVE this journal to
    personalize myself! Thank you for a wonderful idea and creation!

  14. Karina says:

    Thank you for this great idea! I love the concept of these prayer journals! I am definitely one to just race through my prayers and this is a better way of truly sitting down and taking time to pray for specifics!

  15. Meredith Wogan says:

    What an awesome, awesome idea. I have 5 children and often feel overwhelmed at keeping my prayer life in order for just them!! Thank you for this chance to win!!

  16. Sarah says:

    I continue to be blessed and encouraged by every blog post!! Thank you missional motherhood for helping to encourage and bless moms everywhere!

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thank you Sarah! So appreciate the encouragement! We’re definitely in it together 🙂 – Lindsey

  17. Vickie says:

    I love this! Mother and Grandmother…………….still, this is so sweet and so practical. If I don’t win, I’ll be getting one. Amazing. 🙂

  18. Cindy Weeks says:

    I love reading the posts and comments on MissionalMotherhood. I’ve been journaling to and for my girls for a couple of years. Would enjoy having this one to keep me on track!

  19. Shea Morrisson says:

    Love this idea … Nothing sweeter to my soul that looking back at prayers : some I’ve even forgotten I’ve prayed ; BUT seeing Gods faithfulness to each and every prayer !!!! What an amazing God we serve!!!
    ~shea

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      I agree, answered prayers are such a faith builder and encouragement to keep pressing forward. Thanks for the comment! – Lindsey

  20. Michell says:

    I actually just found your page, I’m sure that was planned. 🙂 It was exactly what I needed. Thank you for your site, I need to learn to slow down and pray persistently! I hope to slow down and make them more meaningful. Thank you, thank you!

  21. Sarah says:

    Love your posts…what a great ministry you ladies have. And the prayer journal will make prayer life more organized and hopefully more effective.

  22. Emily says:

    Thank you for turning my (and probably so many others) thoughts into a reality!! This is a lovely, practical idea to live out our faith and bless our family legacy!

  23. Sarah says:

    What a great idea! I have been looking for a prayer journal but have been unable to find something that meets my needs but this looks exactly what I have been searching for.

  24. Shari Brown says:

    I SO NEED this. I related to this article so much as my prayer life is very sporadic right now. Some discipline would do wonders!

  25. Angela says:

    Would love to get some organization to my prayer life!! I too fall into the category of hurried generic prayers.

  26. Jenni says:

    I would love to have a specific place to write down specific prayers. I lose track of what I’ve even asked the Lord to do, and then I have a hard time reciting my blessings from His hand! This would be so great. =)

  27. Susan says:

    Love your website and what a wonderful giveaway! I am a planner, by nature, and love organization. Unfortunately, as I get older, the less organized I tend to be. What a great resource to be more organized, yet focused in order to spend quality time with the Lord.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thanks Susan! I agree, I have to be intentional about organization and discipline. It does not come naturally for sure! – Lindsey

  28. Billie esfordnD says:

    I need to organize my prayer life and this mightg just fit the bill. I have been slipping in my walk and I know I saw this post for a reason If I don’t win please send me your info by email and i might budget my money and buy one I am a retired widow so
    Thanks

    Billie

  29. Michele Englert says:

    This is a wonderful idea. I used to be such a prayer warrior, using notecards to keep prayer needs that friends had shared with me, then I began nursing school, and my prayer life for others suffered when my focus became just making it through. I’d love to get back to where I was before!

  30. Erin Owensby says:

    As I step into homeschooling for a second time, this would be perfect to organize my thoughts as I come before the Lord each morning. I know this journal would be such a great tool for my prayer time.

  31. Kaye murphy says:

    Beautiful journal! I am inspired daily by reading the posts from missional motherhood. I liked and shared on fb. Thank you for everything you do to help busy moms lead their families to Christ. I would love the journal. Will be going on my Christmas list if I don’t win. 🙂

  32. Sara Jerkins says:

    Mother of two and grandmother of seven I’m so aware that we never quit learning new ways to help us grow in The Lord. This prayer journal offers a practical tool in a beautiful format to help us stay focused and commited in our prayer life. And later, they will serve as a reminder that God answers out prayers. What an encouragement to
    ‘teach the next generation – our children and grandchildren’ by sharing with them our prayers for them and how we methodically prayed throughout their lives. Memorizing scripture at any age hides His Word forever in our hearts. But we all know that the younger you are, the quicker one can memorize. Never too early to begin and scripture songs are an easy way to teach little bitty ones to learn God’s Word.

  33. Jennifer Rogers says:

    What a wonderful tool! I would love to have something like this to help me get started in being more intentional and consistent with my prayer time!

  34. Ashley Murphy says:

    I’ve never thought of having a prayer journal for myself… until now… this I always seem to stay in constant prayer of rambling my worries, desires, confessions, convictions, thankfulness, etc…. what a simple way to organize thought for prayer.

  35. Amy W says:

    This is a great spiritual tool! I loved Donna’s post on her prayer journal and the video. Have gone back to it a few times. There are many posts on this blog I have reread when I needed the extra encouragement. Thank you!

  36. Angie says:

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to be able to amp up my prayer life using this tool! Thanks for all the amazing blot posts, ladies; they have been such an encouragement to this mama!!

  37. Faith Zapata says:

    Really great and practical idea. I love the idea that a journal will help with my persistence. I want to be persistent!

  38. Marsha says:

    I am so encouraged by your posts. I am a wife, mother of three, mother-in-law to two, and grandmother to three. I never want to stop growing in Christ. I believe in the power of prayer and would love this tool.

  39. Libby Phillips says:

    Such a great post! I agree with so many other girls, might just be purchasing one if I don’t win! Thanks for sharing and allowing the Lord to use you with this idea. Simple, Super Practical, and SOO needed! 🙂

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