Are you looking to take your spirituality to the next level? One of the best ways to accomplish this is by developing a daily prayer routine.
Consider it your spiritual exercise, similar to as you workout to stay in shape, regular prayer will keep your soul strong and connected to the Divine.
The most difficult aspect of praying is making it a consistent part of our daily life. However, with a time and planning it is possible to create an effective prayer schedule that works with your lifestyle and schedule. The most appealing part is that you can customize it to match your own personality and your spiritual beliefs.
It’s true that life is hectic and it’s easy for prayer to slip down on the list of priorities. However, just like everything else worth having, it requires commitment and discipline. That’s where developing the habit of praying comes into. It gives an order and accountability to ensure that we’re connecting with the divine on a regular basis.
How do you begin? First, you must decide the time of day that works best for you to pray. Some prefer to begin their day by praying, while others prefer to pray before going to bed. Experiment and see what works best for you.
After you’ve decided on the most appropriate time for prayer then you can begin to establish a routine. Here’s an example of a pattern that you can follow daily for morning prayers:
Begin by talking to God to ask for his blessing while you read and pray.
Take a chapter from the Bible and then meditate on it. This can be done by reading it three to four times or by listing the things it says about yourself, guidelines to obey , or promises to make.
Make your prayer a ritual by making confession, adoration, petition, and thanksgiving. Prayerfully address your urgent needs and concerns as well as taking time to enjoy God’s presence.
The beauty of praying is that it is customizable to fit your needs. Many people might only have a few minutes to spare and others could have a half an time or even more. The key is to make it a constant part of your daily routine. If you fall off a day or two Don’t be concerned! You can get back on track the next day.
An everyday prayer practice is a wonderful way to start this new year feeling a fresh belief in the purpose of your life and a connection with the divine. It’s a powerful method to begin your day by putting your focus upon the Lord and making sure that your actions and thoughts are aligned to His plans.
Another method to improve your prayer practice is to make it more interactive. Instead of reciting the phrases, try engaging with God in a deeper way. Try using your imagination to imagine the scenes that are described by the Bible. You can try to imagine the feelings of these characters and place yourself in their the shoes of their characters. This can make your time in prayer more personal and meaningful.
It is also possible to incorporate different forms of prayer into your routine. For example, try a silent prayer, contemplative prayer, or even writing your prayers. This will prevent your prayer practice from becoming boring and will add variety to your spiritual routine.
One of the most effective methods to keep yourself focused and in line with your daily prayers is sharing the practice with other people. Find a accountability partner, a friend or family member who will be checking in with you and help you to adhere to your schedule. They can even join you in prayer and share their personal experiences.
Rememberthat the purpose of a daily prayer practice is to increase your connection with God and ensure that your actions and thoughts are in line with His will. It’s not about perfection or following the strict rules, it’s about being deliberate and consistent in your life of faith. Therefore, make the effort to discover a prayer practice that is a good fit for you and incorporate it in your daily life. You’ll be amazed by the impact it has for your spiritual development and overall health.
Now we have been through that let’s take a look at some of our favorite daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
God, I’m tired and I don’t know when the “race” will end in my life. It seems as if I’ve run for ages trying to beat this trial. Help me not try to beat my pain and instead run with endurance the race you have set before me. I am confident that because of you, I will ultimately be triumphant over all the challenges throughout my journey. I am confident that nothing in this world will ever be able to separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your affection today; give me the strength to endure this trial. I thank you so much for your unconditional love for me that never ends! Also, thank me for your crown of joy which awaits me for eternity with you in the Kingdom of Heaven! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me winsome courage as I go through the day. If I’m tempted to give up, help me keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit even when the circumstances don’t seem to go as planned. And give me the courage to take action when it is needed to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Dr. Ray Pritchard
3. Prayer to Seek God Each Day
Father, thank God for the sky and sun, because they both give us a new day’s challenge and the chance to chase You. Thank You for reminding us the journey isn’t necessarily easy but you don’t have to carry the burden to each day. Please forgive us for dwelling in the past and keeping grudges. We thank You for allowing our hearts to be held back by nothing when we seek You every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Meg Bucher
4. A Daily Prayer of Rejoice
Father Thank you for being a part of the story in my life and allowing me to enjoy a the privilege of a relationship with God. Thank you for allowing me to have a personal relationship with. Thank you for your love for me now and for the rest of my life. Thank for the blessings that you’ve bestowed to myself and my entire family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I watch you work all around me! In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. To receive guidance From the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you to influence the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the Spirit’s voice. Spirit and I pray for protection against temptations to commit sin. Help me to seek Your Presence more often than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit from the Spirit and walk in closer to You. I pray for guidance from Your Spirit. Let your will and promises always be a constant reminder of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, thank God for your abundance, abounding grace. We thank you that we don’t have to earn a single drop of the mighty stream of grace that flows unreservedly to us now. We thank you for the unexpected and undeserved favor you’ve bestowed upon my life. Help me to put myself in the direction of your love and grace. Help me not neglect the discipline I must meet with you regularly and get a drink from the well of life. Thank you for your rich love. Amen. – David Mathis
7. A Prayer to Love the Life You Have
God I ask you to help me appreciate the life I live in the present. Let me know the good things I often overlook and help me be content with what I have. Please forgive me when I think I am comparing myself to others, and forgive me for wanting things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me exactly in the present, exactly in the way I am. Help me to keep my eyes fixed towards you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I get ready for the day, remind me that I am a part of you and I want to behave accordingly. Help me keep my feet from sliding and my mind from wandering to distractions that can take precious energy and time from the most important things that you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m thankful for the sacrifice you made for me, rising from the dead on your new morning–so that every day can be filled with the wonder of your love, the joy of your Spirit, and the delight of knowing that you are with me. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father I am so sad and burdened. I’m feeling like I’m forced to bear the burden on my own. Words like overwhelmed, distraught exhausted and frightened are the words that describe my current state. I am not sure how to let you take on my burden I need you to let me know how. I’ll take it away. Let me rest and be rejuvenated so that my heart won’t be as heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I must be heard from you. Today I take the pledge to have a quiet time each day. I will listen for Your voice above all other voices that surround me. Lord, show me how to focus my life around You. Help me follow whatever You tell me. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, we ask today for more of Your Holy Spirit to fill our lives. Lord, it is easy for us to become overwhelmed by the worries that surround us in life, but we know That just like Your gaze is upon the sparrows, so also are You concerned for and see us.
Help us today to be more reliant on You. Help us gain a better awareness of Your ways of working in order that we come into a deeper understanding that everything that we see in our natural eyes is not all that is. We ask today for eyes that can see Your hand in all things and hearts to be open to Your work. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer: Walk with God
Dear Lord I Love You. Everything I’ve said above is the love from my soul. I confess that sometimes my actions and reactions betray my love for You. I ask for forgiveness. I thank You for the forgiveness which allows you to see this new day as an opportunity to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
Dear Lord, help me remember the difference when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in the body and in my spirit every day with a desire to meet with You, and to hear You speak words of affirmation, faith, and wisdom to my heart as I prepare to begin my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Traci Miles
“If any of your lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
14.. A Simple Morning Prayer
God Please illuminate my eyes with the truth, ignite my heart with love, inspire my will with courage, enrich my life through service. Forgive me for what I’ve done, sanctify what I am and set the stage for what I shall be. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, thank you for the many ways that you’ve blessed me especially with this job that provides me with a paycheck and food on my table. Thank you for the fact that ALL work is important because work is good. Help me bring you glory by my actions my words, and through the good job I do to make my small part of the world. Help me to see my work as a blessing instead of an affront. Help me to have strength and grace for the toughest aspects of my job. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. – Renee Davis
16. A Morning Prayer for Cares and Concerns
Dear Father in Heaven, so much in my personal life has been broken. I have a myriad of worries and concerns that burden me. Although I want to cast my cares upon You, I find that I often pick them up again and they add to my stress and anxiety. Please help me learn to put my worries on You as I learn what it means to be at peace and trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst
17. For Hope Today
Lord, help me hear your voice saying, “I am your hope” over the many other voices. Lord, according to your word, you are the hope for hopeless therefore I’m running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you. Fill me up with optimism and provide me with an actual reminder of the fact that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God knows those things in my life that I am unable to even imagine wishing for. Today, I offer them to you, I believe in you and ask that you as I am sure that you can accomplish more than I can ever think of, imagine or ask for in my wildest hopes (Eph 3:20). God You are my hope and I trust you. Amen. – Wendy can Eyck
18. Courage for the Day Ahead
God, I want to believe in the fact that you’re with me and that I am known and loved by you… But some days, it’s hard. Help me speak the truth in your Word back to me. Bring it from my heart into my soul. Bring me peace and courage to live like an awe-inspiring warrior – for you’ve already crowned me victorious over every obstacle and hurdle. Amen. – Amy Green
19. For a God-Honoring Work Day
Establish the work of my hands by encouraging me to be productive as well as patient, focused and insightful. Be sure to keep me away from distractions and technology hindering my work , instead of aiding it. May your Spirit lead me in my work and help me to be joyful, creative, and worshipful-constantly reminding me of your love and that you’re the reason I have breath in my lungs. Teach me to align my family, work and church activities, as well as rest in a manner that will maximize your glory , and let me be the best fruitful to further your kingdom.
As I work, I will keep my eyes at Jesus and his final task on his cross that gave me treasure that I could not earn, rest that I could not otherwise experience, and a living hope that can fuel me to strive for to glorify God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God bless you all!