Some time back a friend pointed me to a practice that combines prayer and a form of journaling. In the book Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with my Pen Rachel Hackenberg provides writing prompts based on scripture to guide the reader to not only prayer in words or silence but in writing. In describing this practice, Rachel writes,
“Praying by writing takes a prayer out of my head and makes praying a whole-body exercise: my creativity is sparked, my spirit fully focused, my muscles employed, my sense of touch and awareness of breath heightened. I felt more connected to prayer than I had ever experienced before.” (taken from http://www.paracletepress.com/writing-to-god-40-days-of-praying-with-my-pen.html )
If you want to “try on” this practice with Rachel’s help you can go to her web page ( http://www.rachelhackenberg.com ) and sign up for her weekly-prayer writing prompts via email.