Teens can use their prayer journal to write out their prayers, almost as if they were writing a letter to God. Alternatively, they can use the prayer journal as a place to reflect on their prayer experience—a habit encouraged by St. Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Some questions teens might want to consider in their prayer journal:
► What was the mood or tone of my prayer—happy, sad, melancholy? (Ignatius emphasizes paying attention to emotions for clues about how we need to grow in the spiritual life.)
► What words or phrases or images were a theme in my prayer?
► What is God saying to me in my prayer?
► What does my prayer experience reveal about my spiritual health?
The prayer journal itself can be a plain old notebook or blank bound journal, or even a private blog.
- Review Prayer by Keeping a Journal – A brief excerpt from The Ignatian Adventure, by Kevin O’Brien, SJ.