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Why pray first thing in the morning?
If you are a morning person, then I’m just a bit jealous of you. I try to be a morning person. Seriously, I do. But I don’t like to talk to anyone in the mornings for at least 45 minutes after I wake up. I’m guessing that makes me not so much a morning person. My husband is good with it; we’re perfectly happy not talking to each other for the first 45 minutes or so of the day.
But there’s one thing that changes my perspective each day- prayer. There is nothing like a morning prayer to get your heart in line with what God has for you for the day. I often fall asleep praying, and I think it helps me to wake up praying- even though I’m not a morning person.
So how do you thank God every morning?
Some days I begin with his promises, sometimes I think about his wisdom or holiness. I often begin with gratitude and move to guidance. Opening in praise and moving on to thanksgiving for his blessings is another way I might open the prayer.
On this new day, I’m sharing a morning prayer with you. Use it as your own, print it as a grace reminder, or save it on your phone. Whatever you do, pray a morning prayer– and see the difference it makes in your day.
A Morning Prayer
I praise you for the gift of another day-
For your mercies new each morning.
My eyes are open and my heart is beating;
Each of those mean you have a plan for me.
This minute. This hour. This day.
I don’t know every step of your plan for today
But I know it will be for my good.
And I’m confident it will be for your glory.
Will you lead me, Jesus? I need you.
Will you order my steps, each one?
May your love flow through me
And may I embrace every opportunity
To share your love with others.
Enjoy these Scripture-based prayers any time of day!
A prayer against anxiety
Lord, I release my worries and fears to you. Whenever it feels tempting to let circumstances steal my joy, help me remember your word by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
A prayer for remember I am loved
Father, help me remember that I am so loved by you. I pray that you would help me to remember that I am yours.
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:18-19
A prayer for a strong mind
Lord, protect my mind from the enemy. Let nothing penetrate that would prevent me from seeking to follow you. Provide the discernment to make decisions that matter. God, I pray Romans 12:2r: ““Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
A prayer for awareness
God, bring an awareness to my heart that can only come from you. Provide a radar for evil that causes me to run away from anything that isn’t from you. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Give me the vigilance of 1 Peter 5:8.
A prayer for love to abound
Father, may your love flow through me. I love you with everything within me; show me how to love others with the love that comes from you. I ask for obedience to Matthew 27:32-29 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
A prayer against fear
Lord, I pray against fear and worry. God, bring fresh courage in the face of scary circumstances. Whether change or a feeling of vulnerability, bring safety from harm. Make Deuteronomy 31:6 a shield for me: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
A prayer to be light
Father, I pray for my home to be a place known as light and love. In these uncertain times, let everything I do be known as peace-loving and God-honoring. May the good be a testament to Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”