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Daily Devotional Prompts: 10 Journal Starters for Focused Prayer

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Daily devotional prompts are a key part of my faith life. During quiet times, journaling has tremendous impact. Yes, I pray throughout my day. But my morning journaling helps me stay focused, dive deeper, and intentionally seek the Lord.

Do you want to take your relationship with God to a deeper level? Do you want to share faith-growth tips with teens in your youth group? Then check out the daily devotional prompts below. They’re a great way to grow spiritually and apply faith to daily life.

10 Daily Devotional Prompts for Journaling & Prayer

Use and adapt these meaningful daily devotional prompts. Then share your own ideas in the comments below!

1. Good morning, Lord! Thank you so much for…

First up, I think gratitude is the best way to start a day. I’m not a morning person and don’t always wake up in a good mood. But choosing to be grateful then can change the whole day.

Gratitude affects your mood and perspective throughout the day. But most importantly, it affects your heart. When I’m in a bad mood and don’t feel like thanking anyone for anything, I still write, “Good morning, Lord! Thank you so much for…” I always come up with something, whether it’s basic, like having a roof over my head, or huge, like an upcoming wedding.

All gratitude matters. The more you look for blessings, the more you’ll realize were present the whole time. Thankfulness is a key component of daily journaling prompts for Christians.

2. I’m really struggling with…

Next, it’s good to admit when you’re struggling. Journaling your prayers is about being authentic, not pretending like you have it all together. Pour out your heart, fears, and burdens. The Lord can handle them!

I prefer to use words. But you can draw, if that expresses your heart more clearly. Maybe you’re struggling with a difficult relationship. Or maybe you’re struggling to even journal. It’s okay to admit that. And it’s okay to be real, to be you.

3. A Bible verse I want to dwell on today is…

I rarely complete a journal entry without including Scripture. If we’re left to our own thoughts and feelings, we could go haywire. The hypothetical futures we create could be all over the place, full of fear and uncertainties. But God’s Word is a breath of fresh air when we’re drowning in worry. The Bible keeps our haywire humanity rooted in the Truth.

The YouVersion Bible app has a verse of the day. Maybe a verse stands out to you in a Bible-reading plan you’re following. Or maybe you search “Bible verses on comfort” to help you handle a tough situation. Writing God’s Word is powerful. It helps you remember the words more clearly, understand them more deeply, and recall them more easily.