By: Gary L. Rodgers


One of the most useful tools that I have come across to help me in my prayer life was the creating and use of a Prayer Diary. For a few dollars you can pick up a Journal or a Notebook to make into your Diary.

Below is a list of items that you can select from and edit to fit you and your needs. The important thing is to pray daily about some very specific items.

One of the great things that I have liked about making use of a Prayer Diary is being able to jot down certain dates or notations regarding answered prayer or something I’ve read. You may wish to leave some space between the various topics to include entries at a later time.

In the latter part of Nehemiah 8:10 we are told “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (KJV) What greater joy than to get alone with the Lord and listen to his “still small voice” in scripture, (1 Kings 19:11-13) and then make entries regarding the occasion.

Your Prayer Diary should be tailored to fit you, your ministry, and your personal needs.

Prayer for:

Our spouse, our children, and our grandchildren

Happiness in our lives and homes

Love, kindness, harmony, and peace in our homes and places of work

Daily restoration of the joy of our salvation (Psalms 51:12)

Spiritual growth:

  • Soul winning power and witnessing
  • Ability to be able to present a clear gospel message
  • Zeal and passion to study the Bible
  • Prayer and Fasting
  • Defending the faith
  • Love for lost souls
  • Submissive Wills
  • Spiritual Wisdom
  • Scripture Knowledge
  • Compassion and Understanding
  • Growth in our Faith
  • Obedience to the Lord and his word in all things
  • Faithfulness to the Lord and each other
  • Help us to watch over, encourage, and support each other
  • Help us to have a forgiving spirit
  • Discover and nurture our spiritual gifts
  • Love for the brethren
  • Daily filling of the Holy Spirit
  • Fear God and to have a meek and quiet spirit

Help us to walk in obedience to the Lord with our tithes and offerings

Good mental and physical health

Peaceful, safe and protected life

  • From Satan and his demons
  • From those that would hurt us or cause trouble for us
  • Help us to guard, protect, and maintain our testimonies

Meet our financial needs

Help us to be good soldiers of the cross

Resist the devil

Face trials and troubles with the right heart attitude

Be gentle, temperate, and kind-hearted

Heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually

Help us to finish strong in our faith


Pastors, Teachers, and Missionaries

  • List the name of your Senior Pastor
  • List the name of you Associate Pastor(s)
  • List Specific Missionaries
  • List the name of specific teachers

Prayer for them, their families, and their ministries:

Protection for their:

  • Good Health
  • Deliverance from Satan
  • Deliverance from evil men
  • Financial Needs
  • Answers to prayer
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Wisdom
  • Faith
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Ministry direction

Specific prayer items:

Pastor ___________

  • Wisdom in dealing with others
  • Strength and encouragement
  • Filling and direction of the Holy Spirit in his messages

Spiritual growth and fortitude at ___________________________ Church

  • Reaching lost souls
  • Building Fund and/or maintenance fund
  • Mission support

Pray for the salvation of lost family members and friends

Deliver us from those sins that so easily beset us

Put within us a clean heart and a clean mind

Daily put on the armor of God

Put away jealousy, bitterness, and anger

Strengthen us in our Bible study and prayer life

Harmony in our churches between the brethren

Prayer for our country and our leaders to possess a Godly fear and humbleness of heart

Personal Needs

Help me to:

Be an avid student of the word

Have a strong mind

Have a strong will of obedience and determination to always do right

Flee from sin

Possess a good and cheerful attitude

Live peaceably with all men

Bless my ministry

  • Souls get saved
  • Disciple believers to have a change of heart
  • Believers strengthened and encouraged
  • Ministry Financial needs
  • Expansion
  • Holy Spirits direction and power

Help me to be a powerful ______________ Teacher of the word

Help me to prepare powerful lessons and messages

Personal physical needs and problems:

  • List any and all physical and emotional needs

Prayer for others:

  • List of specific people and their needs