It’s easy to lose sight of God when you are caught up in the chaos of everyday life. Morning prayer is a time for your mind, body and spirit to be renewed and refreshed before you start your day. It can also provide an opportunity for quiet reflection on what needs to happen that day.
Before we dive deep, let’s define what morning prayer is
what is morning prayer?
Morning prayer is a time to connect with God before you start your day. Morning prayers can be as elaborate or simple as the individual makes them, but generally they include praying Scripture and reflecting on what will happen that particular day.
A Morning Prayer everyday sets the tone for your entire day, even if all you do is spend two or three minutes in quiet reflection with God. It helps us to focus on what needs to happen that particular day and can provide an opportunity for quiet reflection on scriptures.
Here is a list of some morning prayers to include in your day
5 morning prayers to start your day with God
1. Morning Prayer of lowliness
O my Lord, at your birth you humbled yourself to be born in a stable; I come before you today seeking nothing but the lowliness that is yours. May I find humility within me and may this humility guide all that follows through my day.
2. Daily prayer of guidance
I need to know what you want me to do Lord. I feel lost and don’t know how to proceed in life, please help me find the right path for today and show it clearly before my eyes so that I may choose your will over mine.
3. Morning Prayer of Peace
O God, fill my heart with peace like a river overflowing its banks. Let your peace flow through me today to everyone I meet so that they may know how good you are and also experience the same serenity of mind as I do.
4. Daily prayer of strength
Thank you Lord for being here with me always. I ask that your strength fill my body, mind and soul so that during this day I may be able to do whatever task is set before me without wavering or doubting in any way.
5. Morning prayer of wisdom
Father God, I come to you this morning with a humble heart. Please grant me the wisdom of Solomon so that I may be able to see clearly and make decisions in accordance with your will today.
Having said all that, let’s take a look at some scriptures to start your day with.
Scriptures to start your day with:
Morning scriptures allows you to reflect on the wonders of Christ, it gives you an insight into the beauty that God has prepared for you. Here are some scriptures to start your day with.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Why is it important to start your day with God?
The benefits of starting your day with God cannot be overemphasised, it helps you to have peace of mind, it gives you a sense of direction in life.
Daily prayer is where we give thanks and praise God for all his blessings on us
Scripture of the day keeps our minds renewed with motivation
Starting our day with God brings us peace that the world cannot give.
It also builds our connection with God.
It brings the assurance that we are never alone and God is always with us.
By starting our day with God, it helps to make every decision in life easier because you know where your help comes from.
how can we start our day with God?
To start your day with God, there are certain measures you need to put in place and it include:
1. Make a decision to start your day with God
To start your day with God, you need to make this decision because it is not something that will just happen on its own. It takes determination and perseverance to keep at it even when times get tough but if you are truly committed then no obstacle can stop you from giving your time to him. It’s even to your advantage to start your day with God because you can’t get anywhere without him and he will always be there for you when the going gets tough.
2. Sleep early the night before
Many of us have tried to start our day with God but we just can’t seem to do it because we haven’t slept early the night before. If you want a good start for your day, then sleep at least an hour or two earlier than usual so that when morning comes you will be fresh and ready to face the day.
Sleep early to have a clear mind and be awake when it’s time for morning prayer so that you can spend some quality time with God before anything else. If you are still having trouble waking up in the morning, set your alarm clock an hour or two earlier than usual so that by the time it goes off, you will
3. Set a time for Morning prayers
Fix a time you will want to communicate with God in the early hours of the morning. Ensure that the time selected is not when your kids are awake as it will be difficult to have a quiet conversation with God.
Make sure you give yourself enough time for Morning prayers as rushing through the process may cause you not pay attention and miss out on some important words of encouragement which might affect your day or your mood causing an overall dissatisfaction in life.
Remember that Morning prayer is meant to keep you coonnected with God and also to prepare you for the day ahead.
4. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed
A Morning Prayer is a conversation with God. So it should never take place in the middle of your bedroom when people may need to use that room at any time. Take yourself out into another room or find somewhere quiet where no one can disturb you. If there are children, then ensure you are awake before them.
4. Get your Bible study and prayer materials ready
5. Start with thanksgiving
Start Morning Prayer with a prayer of thanksgiving.
Thank God for his goodness to you and thank him that he is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:20).
Thank Him in advance for what He will do during your day. Ask Him to guide every step ahead so that it brings glory to His name.
I made a list of some prayers you can use above. This should take as may minutes or hours as you desire
6. Get into the word
After Morning Prayer, spend time in the word. Go through your list of ask God to speak to you through the Word. Allow Him to guide you as you open His Holy Word (Bible). Read one or two chapters then meditate on what it says . You can use our Soap bible study method, bible verse mapping, or the W.O.R.D bible study to dive deeper into the word.
You can’t underestimate the power of stillness. It is in the stillness you can hear God’s voice. In this time ask Him to reveal Himself powerfully and personally so that you will be strengthened for your day ahead. Need meditation tips and ideas? Click here
8. Listen to your favourite gospel music
There is this serenity and healing listening to a spirit filled music gives, you can listen to your favourite Christian artist while you pray and meditate on scripture. Just do what will make this routine fun.
9. Read a devotional
There are so many devotionals to chose from You should be reading a devotional that will strengthen your relationship with God and challenge you towards holiness.
10. Start with Affirmations
God has given you the power to create your day, so why not start it in a positive way? You can begin by always ending with an affirmation. Morning affirmations are great because they help kickstart your morning and give you something good to think about throughout the day! Click here for some examples of Morning Affirmations.
11. Pick a memory verse to meditate on throughout the day
The best way to begin the day is with a verse from God’s word. You can choose a memory verse that will help you throughout your day or one that speaks directly to whatever challenges you may be facing! Click here for some ideas on Morning Memory Verses io start your day with God.
10. You can also do Morning Prayers in a group
if you have friends who are interested in doing the same with you . Find a community that is committed to Morning Prayer and study God’s word together every day. This will help keep your interest alive and also your accountability will be in check
One way to make sure that you’re starting each and every morning on the right foot is by establishing a consistent routine. A great place to get started is simply taking 15-20 minutes in the early hours of the morning, before work commences, for prayer or meditation.
You can also read scripture from an app like Bible Gateway, listen to devotionals, and spend time praising God through music or songwriting. If this sounds like something worth trying out yourself–or if you need help finding more creative ways to incorporate spirituality into your mornings–we’ve got lots of other articles to help you out.
How do you start your day with God? I will like to know in the comments.
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