Are you looking to take your spirituality to the next level? One of the best methods to achieve this is to establish a regular prayer practice.
Think of it as your spiritual workout, just like hitting the gym to stay in shape, regular prayer will keep your soul strong and connected to the divine.
The most challenging aspect of praying is making it a consistent element of our daily lives. But with a little amount of planning and effort you can develop your own prayer routine that is suitable for you and your time. The greatest part is that you are able to modify it to match your own personality and religious tradition.
It’s true that life can be hectic and it’s easy for prayer to slip down on the list of priorities. However, just like everything else that’s worth having, it takes effort and discipline. This is where the creation of a prayer routine comes in. It provides structure and accountability to make sure we are connecting with the divine on regularly.
How do you begin? The first step is to decide which time of the day is the most suitable time to pray. Some people prefer to start their day with prayer, while others find it easier to pray in the evening before going to going to bed. Try it out and discover what works for you.
Once you’ve determined the best time to pray then you can begin to establish a routine. Here’s an illustration of a typical daily routine 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 then meditate on the passage. It can be done by reading the passage three to four times, or writing down the things it says about yourself, guidelines to obey or promises to keep.
Make your prayer a ritual by praying for adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Make a prayer for your immediate needs and worries as well as taking time to sit in the presence of God.
The beauty of the prayer time routine is that it is customizable to meet your requirements. Some people may only have just a few minutes while others might have an hours or longer. The trick is that you make this a consistent element of your day-to-day routine. If you fall off a day or two do not fret! Just get back on track the following day.
An everyday prayer practice is a great method to begin your new year off with a new sense of purpose and connection with the divine. It’s a powerful method to begin your day by placing your attention to the Lord and making sure that your actions and thoughts are aligned with His will.
Another way to enhance your prayer routine is to make it more engaging. Instead of simply reciting phrases, try engaging with God at a deeper level. Make use of your imagination and try to imagine the scenes that are described in the Bible. Make an effort to experience the emotion of each character and put yourself in their the shoes of their characters. This makes your time of prayer more meaningful and personal.
You can also try incorporating various forms prayers into your day-to-day routine. For instance, you can try silent prayer, contemplative prayer or even journaling your prayers. This can keep your prayer practice from becoming boring and will add variety to your spiritual routine.
One of the best ways to remain motivated and on track with your daily prayer routine is sharing the practice with others. Find a accountability partner, a family member or friend member who can check on you regularly and help you to adhere to your daily routine. They could even join you in prayers and share their own experiences.
Remember, the goal of daily prayer is to strengthen your relationship with God and align your thoughts and actions with His will. It’s not about perfectionism or adhering to the strict guidelines, but rather being intentional and consistent in your life of faith. Therefore, make the effort to create a routine of prayer that you enjoy and incorporate it in your daily life. You’ll be amazed at the impact it has for your spiritual development as well as overall wellbeing.
After we’ve been through that let’s take a look at some of our favorite daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
God, I’m weary and I don’t know what time the “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever trying to beat this challenge. Help me to quit trying to run away from 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 an ace over the struggles throughout my journey. I am certain that nothing in this world could ever keep me from your unwavering love. I ask you to show me a bit of your unconditional love today. Give me the strength to stand through this trial. Thanks for the unconditional love for me that never ends! Thank you for the crown of joy that I will enjoy forever within your kingdom! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me courageous spirit as I move through this day. When I’m tempted give up, help me persevere. Give me a positive outlook in the event that things do not go my way. 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, because both of them remind us of the new day’s challenges and opportunity to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not all easy. But, it is important to remember that we don’t have to carry the burden into the next day. Forgive us for focusing on the past and holding onto grudges. Thank You for our hearts that are not 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 intervening into my world and permitting me to have an intimate relationship with God. Thank you for allowing me to have a personal relationship with. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank for the blessings that you’ve given me as well as my loved ones. Let us make use of those blessings to help others. May I live a lifetime full of joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. To receive guidance From the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you will move the Spirit more powerfully throughout my daily life. I know that any sin is likely to cause grief and diminish the voice of the Spirit and I pray for protection against temptations to sin. Help me to seek Your Presence more often than I want sin. Help me grow in the fruits of the Spirit and then walk more closely with Yourself. I ask for direction from your Spirit- let your word and promise always be a constant reminder of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, thank for your generous grace that is abounds. We thank you that we don’t have to earn a drop from the great river in grace which flows in abundance to us right now. We thank you for the unplanned generous, undeserved blessing you’ve lavished upon my life. Help me to put myself in the direction of your grace and love. Help me to not forget the things I must do to 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 today. Let me know the good things that I tend to overlook and help me to be happy with what I have. Please forgive me when I compare myself to other people, and forgive me for seeking things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me right where I am, just where I am. Help me keep my eyes at you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I start this day, help me remember that I am a part of you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Help me keep my feet from sliding and my thoughts from drifting into distractions that may steal precious time and energy away from the most important tasks you have created for me. I’m so proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me–rising to greet me each new day, so that each day would become filled with the beauty in your affection, the joy of your Spirit, and the joy 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 feel like I have to bear the burden on my own. Words like depressed, overwhelmed exhausted, and distraught seem to be the best description of the state I’m in. I’m not sure how I can allow you to carry my weight, so please let me know how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I want to hear from You. Today, I make the commitment to have a quiet time each day. I will seek Your voice above all the other voices in my life. Lord, teach me how to center my life on You and help me obey what I hear You say. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, we today ask for more of Your Holy Spirit to fill our lives. Lord, it can be easy to get consumed with the fears that take over our lives However, we are aware that just as Your eye is focused at the sparrow so too are You concerned for and see us.
We can learn today to be more dependent on You. Bring us into a greater discernment of how You operate to help us be able to understand that everything that we see in our natural eyes isn’t all there is. Today , we pray for eyes to be able to see Your hands in all matters and hearts to be open to Your will. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer to walk with God
Dear Lord I Love You. All that I’ve expressed above is the desire of my heart. I acknowledge that there are times when my actions and reactions go against my devotion to You. I ask for forgiveness. Thanks for your forgiveness which allows you to see this day as a chance to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
Thank You Lord for helping me remember how much difference it makes to make spending time for You a priority in my morning. Bring me back to body and spirit each daily with an eagerness to be with You and to listen to You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom to my heart as I get ready 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 mind with truth, inflame my soul with passion and inspire my spirit by courage, and fill my life through service. Please forgive me for the things I’ve done and cleanse what I am, and order what I shall be. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, thank for all the ways you’ve blessed me, specifically by this job that provides me with a paycheck and food on my table. Thank you that ALL work is meaningful because the work you do is rewarding. Let me show you my glory by my actions, my words, by the efforts I make to make my little area of the globe. Help me view my work as a blessing instead of as a curse. Help me to have strength and grace for the hardest 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 life is broken. I have so many concerns and worries, and they make me feel heavy. Although I want to place my burdens on You, I find I usually pick them back up and again and they cause more anxiety and stress. Please help me learn to cast my cares upon You while I discover what it means to rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst
17. For Hope Today
Help me, Lord to hear you say, “I am your hope” over the many other voices. Lord, your word declares that you are the only one who can bring hope to the despairing, so I’m running towards you with both hands extended and holding your hand. Bring me back to faith 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 that are in my heart I barely dare to hope for. Today, I offer these things to you. I trust them to you, and I ask you to do so because I know that you can accomplish more than I could think of, imagine or ask for in the wildest of dreams (Eph 3:20). God You are my faith and I trust in you. Amen. – Wendy can Eyck
18. Courage for the Day Ahead
God I would like to believe in the fact that you’re with me and that I’m loved and respected by your love… However, sometimes, it’s difficult. Help me to speak the truth in your Word to myself. Take it from my head to my heart. I ask you to give me peace and the courage to be 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
Make my work easier on my hands by assisting me to be productive and patient, focused and sharp. Keep me from distractions and from 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 work, family and church life with rest in a way that will maximize your glory and allow me to produce the highest fruit for your kingdom.
And as I work, I will keep my gaze at Jesus and his work on the cross that gave me treasure that I could not acquire, peace that I could not otherwise be able to experience, and a new hope that will fuel my desire to pursue God’s glory. God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God Bless you everyone!