Are you willing to take your spirituality to the highest level? One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to establish a regular prayer routine.
Think of it as your spiritual workout. Just as you workout to stay in shape, an everyday prayer routine keeps your soul healthy and connected to the Divine.
The most challenging part of praying is making it a consistent part of our daily life. With a time and planning it is possible to create your own prayer routine that is suitable with your lifestyle and schedule. And the most appealing part is that you can customize it to match your own personality and religious tradition.
It’s true that life can be busy and it’s easy for prayer to slide off the list of priorities. But just like anything other thing worth having, it requires effort and discipline. That’s where developing an effective prayer schedule comes in. It gives an order and accountability to ensure we’re in contact with God on a an ongoing basis.
How do you get started? First, you must decide which time of the day is most conducive to you to pray. Some prefer to begin their day with prayer while others prefer to pray before going to going to bed. Test and see what works best for you.
Once you’ve identified the ideal time to pray, you can start to build your routine. Here’s an example of a daily pattern for prayer in the morning:
Begin by approaching God to ask for his blessing as you read and meditate.
Go through a section of the Bible and reflect on it for a while. This can be accomplished by reading it three to four times, or listing everything it reveals about yourself, or the examples you can follow, instructions to obey , or promises to keep.
Structure your prayer by praying for adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Pray for your needs and pressing concerns as well as taking time to sit in the presence of God.
The great thing about praying is that it is customizable to meet your requirements. Some people may only have just a few minutes while others might be able to devote a whole time or even more. The key is to make it a regular part of your daily routine. If you fall off one or two days do not fret! Get back on track for the next day.
The practice of daily prayer is a great opportunity to begin the new year with a renewed belief in the purpose of your life and a spiritual connection with God. 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 in accordance with His plan.
Another way to increase your prayer routine is to create a more interactive. Instead of reciting the phrases, try engaging with God at a deeper level. Try using your imagination to visualize the scenes by the Bible. Make an effort to experience the emotion of each character and put yourself in their the shoes of their characters. This will make your prayer time more meaningful and personal.
Try incorporating different types in your prayer daily routine. For example, try silent prayers, contemplative prayers, or even writing down your prayers. This will prevent your prayer routine from becoming repetitive and provide some variety to your daily spiritual routine.
One of the best ways to stay motivated and on track with your prayer practice is by sharing it with others. Find a accountability partner, a friend or family member who will be checking on you regularly and help you to adhere to your schedule. They may even join you in prayer and share their own experiences.
Remember, the goal of a daily prayer practice is to deepen your relationship with God and make sure that your thoughts and actions are aligned to His plan. It’s not about perfection or following the strict guidelines, but rather being deliberate and consistent in your spiritual life. Take the time to discover a prayer practice that works for you and incorporate it within your everyday life. You’ll be amazed by how much difference it makes for your spiritual development and overall health.
We have now been through that let’s look at some of our favorite daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
God, I’m tired and don’t know what time the “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this challenge. Help me stop trying to outrun my pain, and instead race with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you, I will be an ace over the struggles in my life. I am confident that nothing will ever be able to separate me from your steadfast love. I ask you to show me a bit of your affection today; give me the strength to endure this trial. I thank you so much for your devotion for me that never ceases! Also, thank me for your crown of joy which awaits me for eternity within your kingdom! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me amazing courage as I journey through this day. When I’m tempted give up, assist me persevere. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go as planned. Also, give me the strength 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 You for the sky and sun, as both of them remind us of an exciting new day and opportunity to chase You. Thank You for reminding us that life is not always easy, but that we don’t need to carry the pain to each day. Forgive us for dwelling on the past and for holding onto grudges. Bless our hearts to be held back by nothing as we seek You each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Meg Bucher
4. A Daily Prayer of Rejoice
Father Thank you for your intervention within my personal life, and for allowing me the opportunity to establish a a personal relationship with God. Thank you for allowing me to have a personal relationship with. Thank you for your love for me, today and always. Thank for the blessings that you’ve bestowed to me and my family. We can use these blessings to bless others. Let me live a life of true joy as I witness you working in my life today! In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. For Guidance From the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you would influence the Spirit more powerfully in my life. I know that any sin is likely to cause grief and diminish the spirit of the Spirit, and I pray not to fall prey to sin. Help me crave your Presence more often than I desire sin. Help me develop the fruits of the Spirit and walk in closer to You. I pray for guidance from Your Spirit. Let your word and promise always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, thank you for your abundant grace, abundant grace. We thank you that we don’t have to earn a single drop of the powerful river of grace that flows in abundance to us right now. We thank you for the unplanned, unmerited favor you’ve showered upon my life. Help me put myself in the direction of your love and grace. Help me to keep the things I must do to attend to you on a regular basis and to take a drink of the waters of life. Thank you for your rich love. Amen. – David Mathis
7. A Prayer to Love the Life You Have
God, help me love the life I live right now. Help me see the positive things that I tend to overlook and help me be content with the things I have. Please forgive me when I judge myself against others, forgive me for seeking things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me exactly where I am, right as I am. Help me keep my eyes on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I start this day, help me to remember that I am a part of you, and my desire is to behave accordingly. Make sure my feet don’t slip and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious energy and time from the most important things you have designed for me. I am proud to be your son, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me–rising to greet me each new day–so that my every day would be filled with the beauty of your love, the joy of your Spirit, and the joy of being a part of your family. – 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 seem to describe my current state. I am not sure of how to let you carry my weight Please help me understand. Let me take it off. Allow me to rest and become revived so that my heart will not be as heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I want to hear from You. Today I am making a commitment to have a quiet time each day. I will listen for Your voice over all other voices that surround me. Lord, teach me how to center my life on You. Help me follow the words You speak to me. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, we today ask to continue to work with Your Holy Spirit to be present in our lives. Lord, it’s easy to get obsessed with the anxieties that surround us in life, but we know that just as Your gaze is focused upon the sparrows, so too are You concerned for and watch over us.
We can learn today to be more dependent on You. Bring us into a greater awareness of Your ways of working to help us come into a deeper understanding that everything we see with our eyes is not all that is. Today , we pray for eyes to see Your hands in all matters, and hearts open to Your will. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer: Walk with God
Dear Lord I Love You. Everything I’ve written above is the love of my heart. I confess that sometimes my actions and reactions betray my love for You. I ask for forgiveness. Thank You for Your grace that allows me to see this day as an opportunity to be closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
Thank You Lord for helping me remember what a difference it makes in my life when I spend time for You a priority in my morning. Bring me back to both my body and spirit every day with a desire to meet with You and be able to hear Your words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom to my heart as I prepare to go into 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 enlighten my eyes with truth, inflame my heart with love I want to be inspired by your love, and with courage, enrich my life with service. Forgive me for what I’ve done and sanctify who 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 by this job that pays my bills and puts food on the table. Thank you that ALL work has significance because work is beneficial. Let me show you my glory by my actions, my words, by the efforts I make to make my small part of the world. Help me see my job as a blessing and not as a curse. Give me grace and strength for the toughest aspects of my work. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. – Renee Davis
16. A Morning Prayer for Cares and Concerns
My Father who is in Heaven I am so grateful to you that my life is broken. I have a myriad of worries and concerns and they make me feel heavy. Although I want to place my burdens on You, I I usually pick them back up and again and they cause to my stress and anxiety. Help me 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
God, allow me hear you say, “I am your hope” over all other voices. Lord, according to your word that you are the hope for the hopeless, and I’m rushing to you with both my hands stretched out and grabbing on to you. Give me faith and provide me with concrete proof of the fact that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God knows those things in my heart that I barely dare to hope for. Today I present the things I have to you, I trust them to you, and I ask you to do so as I am sure that you can accomplish more than I could guess, imagine or request in the wildest of dreams (Eph 3:20). God I am your hope , and I trust you. Amen. – Wendy can Eyck
18. Courage for the Day Ahead
God I’d like to believe that you’re with me and that I’m loved and respected by your love… but there are days when it’s not easy. Help me speak the truth of your Word to myself. Let it flow from my head towards my heart. Give me peace and wisdom confidence to live as an awe-inspiring warrior – for you’ve already given me victory over every obstacle and hurdle. Amen. – Amy Green
19. For a God-Honoring Work Day
Set the task of my hands by helping me to be efficient and patient, focused and insightful. Refrain me from distractions and technology hindering my work instead of helping 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 personal, professional and church activities, as well as rest in a way that would maximize your glory , and let me bear the most fruit for your kingdom.
As I work, keep my eyes on Jesus and his finished task on his cross that provided me with treasures I couldn’t earn, peace which I wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience, and a new hope that can fuel me to work for God’s glory. God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God bless you everyone!