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A prayer resource set that I have found effective is the "Power of a Praying Woman Bible" (Stormie Omartian, General Editor) alongside the related "Praying Through the Bible: A Prayer Journal". I found the Bible on sale at Christian Book Distributors and the Journal at Bookcloseouts, both on sale and at reasonable prices. The study Bible has a feature, Going Deeper, in which Stormie suggests a passage to read and then she has commentary on it. I read both the passage and what she has to say about it. Then I go into the journal and write my own prayer based on the reading. I will share my prayer that I wrote after reading Habakkuk 1:1-11.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I wait and watch, wondering what will You do to the wicked. Surely the day of Your justice will come. I wait upon You to administer justice. You do know all---You alone see the whole picture. You have rewards for those who try to keep Your laws and You allow consequences to punish those who are disobedient to Your laws. Thank You for the features of Your law. It surely proves Your love for us. Through Jesus, Amen

I don't think it was intentional or noticed at the time of writing the prayer but now that I look back on it, there is a lot of alliteration in that first sentence of the prayer! When I wrote it I was not considering it for public view. But I share it in case someone else may be encouraged to start prayer journaling based on Scripture reading. Previous to this I kept a prayer journal but it was usually about asking God to provide for the needs of people in my personal realm and it was not so much tied to Scripture. I found this to be a refreshing change that added depth to my prayers.

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Comment by Wendy Posey Songy on March 25, 2010 at 11:04pm
I LOVE the idea of a prayer journal ignited by scripture! THANKS Janice!!
Comment by Sally J Campbell on March 12, 2010 at 12:25am
Have this Bible and many of Stormie's books!
Comment by Marsha Mundy on February 21, 2010 at 5:30pm
That is really a good way to write prayers. I'll have to try that. I journal my prayers, but maybe I need to find scripture to incorporate into my prayers. Thanks for sharing that.

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