The Prayer Journal is a fictional account of one boy’s discovery of the power (and responsibility) of prayer. It is written to help children connect with Christ each day through prayer and reflection. To receive the rest of the story, sign up for the Formative Fiction Newsletter.
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I got another A on the spelling test! Thanks God! I guess I’m not a horrible speller. Or maybe its just you answering my prayers.
My teacher says that spelling isn’t a gift for smart people. All it takes is hard work. I have been working a lot harder, so I guess it makes sense that I’m doing better on the tests.
Thank you for my teachers, by the way. They must work pretty hard to help us kids.
How about I pray for my teacher tonight? Dear God, help my teachers be extra happy this week.
Wow, I didn’t realize that today was a special teacher appreciation day. Did you plan that or something? The parents on the school board brought in treats for all the teachers. They were all extra happy. So, I guess it was another answered prayer! Thank you. They deserve it.
So, I asked my sister what I could pray about for her. She called me weird. I guess it kind of surprised her. She didn’t really know what to say. Then she finally said she wished her friend wouldn’t be so mad at her.
So, that’s my prayer for my sister. God, help her friend forgive her and be on good terms again.
I asked my sister if things got better with her friend today. She said, “What? Oh yeah, I guess. We’re good now. I kind of forgot about it.”
She may not realize it, but that is all thanks to you, God. Thanks for helping them be friends again.
I forgot to say thanks about basketball, too. Practices have been going really well and I am getting better and working harder.
I asked my mom and dad what I could pray about for them. They said a totally parent thing to say: “just for our kids to be happy.”
I asked them a few more times until finally they said that my grandma could use some prayers. Typical parents. I asked what I could pray about for them and they suggested someone else for me to pray for.
So, I want to pray for my grandma. Mom and Dad didn’t tell me why, but I want to pray for her anyway. Help her in whatever way she needs it most.
I called my grandma on the phone today to see how she was doing. She was really happy to hear my voice. She said everything was fine and that me calling her really made her day. I guess that was the answer to her prayers. So, thanks for using me to make her happy, God!
I asked her if she had anyone I could pray for and she said that her friend was pretty sick. She asked me to pray for her to be feel better.
So, I’m asking you now, Lord. Please help my grandma’s friend feel better.
Oh man, I spent the whole week writing in this prayer journal and I didn’t ask one time to do well in school. The funny thing was, I think it was a good week anyway. I felt confidence, I guess. I felt like you were helping me even if I didn’t ask specifically for good grades. I think I did well on my spelling test today.
OK, so for tomorrow’s game I pray that we all just have fun. Losing last weekend was the worst. I just want us all to have a good time, so please help us with that, OK God?
We lost again! But, you know what? We had fun. So, you answered the prayer, God. It was sad to lose but we played really well and we had a good time. I really like basketball and my teammates are awesome. (Well, except for Manny.)
I really want to pray for Ms. Jane. I’m so happy that she gave me this idea for a prayer journal. You have answered so many of my prayers. I’m so grateful for her and for you!
I’m asking you to help Ms. Jane in whatever way she needs. I’ll ask her tomorrow what I can pray for.
Ms. Jane wasn’t at Sunday School today. It turns out she really needed the prayers. Well, her mom needed the prayers. Her mom is really sick.
Can I be honest? I’m having a hard time feeling thankful right now. I’m really sad for Ms. Jane.
Please, God, please help Ms. Jane’s mother feel better!