Sometimes it feels like our lives are rushed and overwhelmingly busy.
We often find it hard to find the time for rest or renewal in God's presence, since our attention is constantly moved by responsibility and needs. And yet, the Lord’s word is so clear on how important it is to establish the priority of worship into our week.
There are numerous reminders in the Bible regarding the wonders of being thankful to God and how we can give Him praise in our everyday lives.
So, if you need some inspiration for your daily prayers, here are four powerful morning prayers to start your day.
The beauty of morning devotional prayer is that you start your day in worship. The early morning, before you begin your day, is the perfect time to spend a few minutes with the Lord.
Morning prayers can be inspiring and insightful. Your morning meditative prayers are opportunities for you to reflect on God's Word, take note of what He has revealed to you, and ask for guidance and help.
In the Bible, you will find a number of affirmations and promises of blessings. You will also find a good number of stories of men and women of faith whose lives are testaments that we can strive to emulate.
Some other benefits include giving yourself a positive frame of mind, strengthening your beliefs, and being grateful for your blessings.
Gratitude makes us aware of all the wonderful things that are already at our disposal. As we enjoy our blessings, we should take time to appreciate all we have without taking it for granted.
By focusing on the positive aspects and accepting life as a gift, we can teach ourselves that life truly is a gift that brings us closer to the Holy Spirit.
The key to a grateful life is not to lose sight of the opportunities that are always available to us.
Plus, there are so many emotional, social, and health benefits to living a life with gratitude. There have been countless studies on the effects of gratitude over the years.
In Matthew 13:43 the Bible says, “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
With that in mind, here’s a great prayer you can use to start the day.
“Good morning, dear Lord! I thank you for a new day full of good work to do. Yesterday has come and gone, along with any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. Today is a good day to be thankful, and I thank you for our daily bread, Lord. Thank you for helping me today, for a new opportunity to love, to give, and to become the person you want me to be. I praise you today Lord for you are our Father. In Christ's name, Amen.”
Because Sunday is one of the holiest days of the week, our prayers should reflect this. The following is a prayer you may want to try on Sunday morning, along with a tried and true prayer. Using these prayers can turn the holy day into a holy week.
“O God, prophet of the most high, thank you for the blessing of seeing another day. Our prayers go up to you on behalf of all those we love and care for, asking that you bless them and take care of their needs. May your grace sustain us as we drink from your cups of peace and joy. We thank you for protecting, for healing, and for providing us with every good thing we need on this the holiest of days. We commit this day to you and ask you to open our hearts to your love. In Lord Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”
“Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.”
The great thing about the book of Psalms is that there are plenty of short poems that can be adapted into morning prayers. Some of them are songs too, so if you enjoy singing in the shower, this is a great way to incorporate worship into your morning routine.
“For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead” (Psalm 86:13).
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).
Even though our lives can be hectic, there’s always time to give thanks and use the Lord’s prayer to praise our Heavenly Father.
Whether you open up a passage from the Bible for prayer or create one on your own, God will still love you unconditionally.
Thinking of Him each morning gives the Lord joy and starts your day off right. When your heart is filled with gratitude you're less likely to take things for granted. This in itself is a blessing in today’s world.