Journal Questions to Help You Pray in the New Year

January 1, 2018 |
8 Prayer Journaling Prompts for the New Year

I love the idea of New Year’s resolutions. It’s the follow-through that I sometimes have trouble with.

Likewise, I love the idea of welcoming each new year with prayer, but my mind wanders so much it’s hard for me to stay focused.

Journaling definitely helps me, since when I have paper in front of me and a pen in my hand, I end up less distracted than if I’m just sitting trying to talk to God.

Journaling also reminds me that prayer is as much about listening as it is about talking. That’s another thing I often forget! Just like we should be praying for God’s blessings and protection in the New Year, we should be asking Him to show us His will as well!

8 Prayer Journal Prompts to Kick Off Your Year

If you’d like to take aside some time to pray in your 2018, here are some prayer journaling questions to get you started. The idea isn’t to write perfect, flowery prose. The idea is to just get your thoughts (and prayers) on paper. You could even come back to this post year after year and make something of a tradition out of it!

8 Prayer Journaling Prompts for the New Year

Praise, Gratitude, & Reflection

Let’s start with some reflection about the past year.

  1. When did you feel especially close to God in 2017?
  2. What was an unexpected blessing you experienced this past year? Thank God for it.
  3. “God, what sins have I committed in the past year that you want me to repent of?”
  4. List a few people you made deep connections with in 2017 and pray for God to bless them.

Dreams, Goals, & Intercession

Now take some time to ask God questions about the coming year.

  1. Who is somebody you’d like me to pray for more regularly this year?
  2. In what ways do you want me to get more involved in serving others?
  3. What is the one fruit of the Spirit or other Christian virtue you want to grow in me this year?

Then ask yourself this one last question, too!

  1. By this time next year, how do you hope to have grown in your spiritual walk?

Take time to think and pray about ways God can help you achieve the spiritual growth you’re looking for, and have a very happy and blessed New Year. For other prayer resources, including our newest Prevailing Prayer Podcast episode on praying in 2018, please check out

Do You Use a Prayer Journal?

Let us know in the comments below, or share your own New Year’s Resolutions with us. We would love to hear from you!

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  • Reply Stephanie Carter January 1, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Im a journal junkie I journal every year. I buy a new journal before Jan 1 and start journalling.. I have done prayer journals and regular daily journals. This year I will do a regular daily journal. Put the things God speaks to me, blesses me and my children. Thanks for the blog this is very good and helpful think I will start my journal this year with these prompts.

    • Reply Heather Hart January 4, 2018 at 7:20 am

      Thanks for weighing in, Stephanie. I do all my journaling digitally. I think the important thing is that we all do what works for us.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Point to Jesus

    • Reply Alana Terry January 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      I’m kind of a junkie with journals too!

  • Reply Susan Evans January 1, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Wow, these were really good questions! One unexpected blessing for me was to take my family to Guatemala where I grew up. God provided financially at the last minute in an impossible way, and I praise Him because it helped to heal my soul.
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  • Reply Keisha Russell January 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    This is just so good! I will be applying these questions to my life. I look forward to what God has in store for 2018. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Keisha Russell recently posted…The She-Devil- JEZEBEL SPIRIT…

  • Reply Melissa January 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I love prayer journaling and will be taking the time to reflect on each one of these. For 2018, my New Year’s resolution is ‘growth’ and how I can apply that to all aspects of my life.
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  • Reply Julie January 2, 2018 at 8:18 am

    These questions and prompts are really helpful! I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds herself distracted when trying to pray. Journaling does help me also! Great ideas!

    • Reply Heather Hart January 4, 2018 at 7:25 am

      I think distraction in prayer is something we all struggle with to some degree at least part of the time. I find I struggle with it more at some times in my life more than others. Now is one of those times, it seems to be more intense than it has been, but I’m trusting Jesus to get me through, and you’re right, journaling does help.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Seriously, I Don’t Need A Miracle, I Just Need Jesus

  • Reply Ann January 4, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Prayer journaling is a way that we stay accountable to ourselves and on track. Loved to reflect on these questions.

    • Reply Heather Hart January 4, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Great! Thanks for stopping in, Ann!
      Heather Hart recently posted…Goals, Plans, and Jesus

    • Reply Alana Terry January 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      You’re right, it’s great for accountability!

  • Reply Jaime January 4, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I’d love to journal more but it just seems to get away from me. I love looking back on old journals and remembering how God was working then & seeing how old prayers have been answered since. I’ve recently cracked open a new journal so I’ll definitely use these prompts to help get me started!
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    • Reply Alana Terry January 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Hooray for new journals!

  • Reply Heather Bixler January 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I love these! Thank you for sharing on #writerwednesday this week! I am sharing this post on social media now!

  • Reply Robin January 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I love journaling and I love prompts. The prompts you shared are so reflective of our faith walk and going deeper into God’s word. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to using the prompts in my journaling.

  • Reply Leslie January 4, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Alana, loved your thought provoking questions and this discussion on journaling! Thank you!
    Leslie recently posted…Grace and Peace for Your New Year

  • Reply Sarah Geringer January 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    These are great tips. Shared on Pinterest!

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