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October Prayer Journal Prompts

When my kids were small and I drove them to school, we sang This is the Day the Lord Has Made every morning. I didn’t set out intentionally to do this, but after singing it over a couple of days, my kids began asking for it. It became tradition.

Now, even when my grown kids are home, if we head anywhere in the car, they want to sing it. I don’t know if they sing it on their own when they’re not with me, but my heart fills with joy when they remember and want to sing it still with me.

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Now that my youngest is 19 and in college and my boys are out on their own, I continue to try to sing praise each morning on my way to work. This makes me feel at peace and ready to take on the day as I know Christ is with me.

Now, before you are too impressed, I need to admit that it is not always easy to spend the few-minute drive to work in praise and prayer! My phone syncs automatically to my car radio and often my playlist begins before I think to turn the volume down.

When Styx (I’m an 80’s child; what can I say?) comes through the speakers, I immediately want to crank it up and sing along. It takes a super major intentional effort to turn them off and spend time with God instead.

Sometimes I think, “Well, what will it matter?” (if I listen to Styx or something else on my 80’s rock playlist). But I know the answer to that. It won’t really matter, but it will matter. Without spending the time focusing on Jesus, I have less peace in my day. Less patience. Less understanding. Less love.

When I sing This is the Day and then pray the rest of the way, I’m more grounded in Him and my whole day goes better.

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This intentional effort helps in many ways and not just with my morning drive. On days I don’t feel like it, I still make myself start the day at home before my shower reading my Bible.

Sometimes it’s just a verse and sometimes a whole chapter, but the important thing is that I open it up and read. Then, I write in my prayer journal.

One of the things I began doing to help me with ideas in my prayer journal was to come up with prompts for the whole month ahead of time. That way, when I didn’t have anything immediately on my heart, I still had focus.

I began sharing my monthly prayer journal prompts with you and have received positive feedback. I’m thrilled you find them helpful!

The October prayer journal prompts are ready. Special thanks to my sister, Lori, for writing the prompts this month! I pray they focus you on Him and help your days be full of peace, love, and understanding.

Scroll down to see all 31 October prayer prompts in this article. You can bookmark this page and come back to it each day or fill out the form below to join the newsletter and download a free printable copy.

**Updated October 2021**

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October Prayer Journal Prompts

  1. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30:21. Lord, guide my thoughts to focus on you by…
  2. Lord, singing worship songs helps me to remember to glorify your name. But, then my daily routine ends up blocking that feeling in my heart. Please help me to take time to focus on you each day and to glorify you through…
  3. Father, teach me to use my time wisely as I…
  4. God, I want to use today to focus on someone else instead of my own personal challenges. Please help me think of one person I can pray for today…
  5. “I will fix my mind on Your instructions and my eyes on Your path.” ~ Psalm 119:15. Jesus, clear my mind of distractions through…
  6. Lord, stress is prevalent in all kinds of ways as I deal with the challenges that life brings. Today show me peace through…
  7. So many times I wonder ‘why’ something has to happen, either to me or someone else. I find that the dilemma is unanswerable. WIth that in mind, please help me to accept…
  8. God, I realize that sometimes I take on more than I can handle. Through that I don’t have enough energy to take care of anything to the best of my ability because I am so tired physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Show me how to relieve my exhaustion by…
  9. Jesus, fill my thoughts with you today by…
  10. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9. Lord, give me courage today to…
  11. Thank you Lord for giving me strength to carry on through the challenging times. I need to be aware of that gift everyday. For today, please be with me as I…
  12. Thoughts can either lead me to actions I will be proud of or actions I will regret. Jesus, use my mind to choose the path of being proud by…
  13. God, today please use my hands to do good things by…
  14. Lord, today please use my feet to do good things by…
  15. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-12. Father, please teach me to be content in this way…
  16. Father, if I let negative thoughts permeate my mind, I realize that leads to me spreading that negativity to others. I don’t want to be that kind of person. Please change my negative thoughts by…
  17. Lord, sometimes I forget about all of the little blessings that I have been given. On this amazing day, I thank you for…
  18. Being around people who encourage and support me is essential to my well-being. Jesus, please surround me with those who uplift me such as…
  19. Serving others not only helps them, it changes my heart each time I take the time to do something with that goal in mind. God, please lead me in the direction where you want me to reach out today…
  20. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9. God, please show me what I can do for you today…
  21. Thank you, Lord, for living in my heart and loving me when I feel unlovable. Open my eyes to see myself in a positive light in this situation…
  22. Each day has its ups and downs. For this day, thank you for the joys and for helping me get through whatever challenges it brings…
  23. There are many lessons to learn in life. I’m grateful, Lord, that you are always here with me, committed to being my ultimate teacher. As I walk through the activities of today, please teach me to…
  24. Thank you for giving me rest today through…
  25. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” ~ Isaiah 41:13. Jesus, please hold my hand through…
  26. God, I don’t always feel strong enough to make it through certain situations. Please show me how I am strong by…
  27. I am grateful today for…
  28. Distractions can keep me from accomplishing my goals. Refocus my mind to…
  29. One definition of grace is courteous goodwill. Jesus, teach me how to show grace by…
  30. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” ~ Ephesians 4:2. Help me to be patient in…
  31. It can be easy to build walls when I have experienced a situation where someone has hurt me. Open my heart to…

In mid-Missouri where I live, we’ve finally gotten some cool fall weather. I look forward to seeing the leaves change and the beauty of God on display for everyone.

Have a wonderful October! Let me know how I can pray for you.

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