One of the classes taught at the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College is the Prophetic Scribe Course. When we think of scribes, we often either think of men writing on scrolls in biblical times or people writing about prophetic matters publicly through articles or books. We don’t think about personal writing that ministers to the individual. Some may even think people should not write about personal matters.
In this post, I want to talk about prophetic journaling, a private type of writing. Even if you are not a scribe, you can take advantage of this type of writing.
Apostle Theresa Harvard Johnson, an authority on the Prophetic Scribe, was the speaker at the 2019 RJH Sons and Daughters Assembly this year. Her book The Scribal Anointingis the main text for the Prophetic Scribe course. In this book, she talks briefly about journaling in the most basic sense and also discusses how prophetic writers use journaling as an opportunity to converse with God.
This was King David’s scribal secret. If you look at many of David’s psalms, they begin with him calling out to God for help and end with him praising God. He entered into the presence of God when he was in despair and emerged restored. Here is one example:
“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.
But you, oh Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the one who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And he heard me from His holy hill.”
When I first dedicated myself to the Lord at fifteen years old, I remember writing in a journal almost every day. Recently I looked back at old journals from this time and realized that many of the entries took the form of David’s psalms! They began with me calling out for help and ended with me praising God. At the time, I didn’t know much about the Bible or the prophetic and knew nothing about scribes. Although I began going to a youth group, I still didn’t always have someone I could talk to about my problems. Yet, I remember writing to God and clearly remember Him giving me peace and understanding. God was healing me through journaling.
I encourage everyone reading this to consider prophetic journaling. Some of you may already do this. If you do, know that it is biblical and keep doing it. If you never tried it, find a quiet space, get a journal and begin writing to God. Do this with the intention of conversing with God. You may find that you write about things that you are struggling with or things that are bothering you. Surrender these things to God and expect Him to hear you and heal you through writing. Journaling could relieve stress, deepen your relationship with the Lord and allow Him to bring healing and deliverance to you.
Minister Debra Szubrowski