Are you ready to take your spirituality to the highest level? One of the best ways to do that is to establish a regular prayer practice.
Think of it as your spiritual workout, just as you workout to stay fit, regular prayer can keep your soul strong and in tune with the Divine.
The most difficult aspect of prayer is to make it a regular part of our daily lives. With a bit of planning and effort it is possible to create your own prayer routine that is suitable for you and your time. And the greatest part is that you can customize the ritual to suit your personal preferences and spiritual tradition.
Life can be hectic and it’s easy to let prayer slip down on the priority list. But just like anything other thing worth being a part of, it requires effort and discipline. This is where the creation of an effective prayer schedule comes in. It helps us establish a structure and accountability to make sure we are in contact with God on a a regular basis.
How do you get started? First, you must figure out the time of day that works best for you to pray. Some people prefer to start their day with prayer, and others prefer to pray in the evening before going to going to bed. Try it out and discover what works best for you.
Once you’ve identified the ideal time for prayer You can begin to establish a routine. Here’s an example of a daily pattern for prayer in the morning:
Begin by talking to God and asking for his presence as you read and meditate.
Go through a section of the Bible and then meditate on the passage. It can be done by reading it three to four times, or writing down anything it tells you about yourself, or the examples you can follow, instructions to obey or promises to claim.
Make your prayer a ritual by praying for adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Make a prayer for your needs and pressing concerns, and take time to be in God’s presence.
The best thing about the prayer time routine is that it is customizable to fit your needs. Many people might only have just a few minutes while others might be able to devote a whole hours or longer. The key is to make it a regular part of your routine. If you fall off a day or two, don’t sweat it! Get back on track for the next day.
An everyday prayer practice is an excellent way to start the new year with a renewed belief in the purpose of your life and a spiritual connection with God. It’s an effective way to start your day, putting your focus upon the Lord and aligning your thoughts and actions to His plans.
Another way to increase your prayer time is to create a more interactive. Instead of just reciting words, try to engage with God on a deeper level. Try using your imagination to visualize the scenes in the Bible. Try to feel the emotions of the characters, and put yourself in their position. This makes your time of prayer more meaningful and personal.
Try incorporating different types prayers into your day-to-day routine. For instance, you can try silent prayer, contemplative prayer or even writing your prayers. This will keep your prayer routine from becoming monotonous and add the variety you need to your spiritual practice.
One of the best ways to remain engaged and focused on your daily prayer routine is sharing the practice with other people. Find an accountability partner, a family member or friend member who can check on you regularly and help you to keep to your daily routine. They can even be a part of your prayer and share their personal experiences.
The goal of a regular prayer routine is to increase your connection with God and make sure that your thoughts and actions are aligned to His plan. It’s not about achieving perfection or following an unwritten set of rules, it’s about being consistent and deliberate in your life of faith. Therefore, make the effort to discover a prayer practice that works for you and make it a priority in your daily life. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make on your spiritual growth and overall well-being.
After we’ve gone through that lets check out some of our top daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
God, I’m tired and I don’t know what time the “race” will end in my life. I feel as if I’ve run for ages trying to beat this trial. Help me not try to beat my pain, and instead race with a sense of endurance the race you have set for me. I am confident that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials throughout my journey. I know that nothing in this world could ever be able to separate me from your eternal love. I ask you to show me a bit of your unconditional love today; give me the strength to endure this test. Thank you for your unconditional love for me that never ceases! Also, thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever with you in the Kingdom of Heaven! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me tenacious amazing courage as I journey through my day. When I’m tempted quit, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit even when the circumstances don’t seem to go as planned. And give me the courage to complete whatever must be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Dr. Ray Pritchard
3. Prayer to Seek God Each Day
Father, Praise You for the sky and the sun, as they both give us an exciting new day and opportunity to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us that life is not always easy, but we don’t need to carry the hard into the next day. Please forgive us for dwelling on the past and keeping grudges. We thank You for allowing our hearts to be unhindered by anything when we pray to You every 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 enjoy a the privilege of a relationship with God. Thank you for allowing me to have a personal relationship with. Thank you for the love you have for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve provided me and my family. We can use these blessings to be a blessing to others. May I live a lifetime filled with joy when I see you at work all around me! In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. To receive guidance by the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray that you would be able to move the Spirit more powerfully in my life. I know that any sin is likely to cause grief and weaken the spirit of the Spirit and I ask for protection against temptations to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me develop the fruits of the Spirit and walk in closer to You. I pray for guidance from Your Spirit. Let your promises and wills always be a source of meditation for my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, we thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. Thank you that we do not have to earn a single drop of the mighty flow of grace that flows freely for us today. Thank you for the unplanned and undeserved favor you’ve bestowed upon my life. Help me follow the path of your love and grace. Help me to keep the things I must do to attend to you on a regular basis 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 Help me to love the life I live right now. Show me the good things that I tend to overlook and help me be content with what I have. Let me be forgiven when I judge myself against others, and forgive me for longing for things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me just where I am, just where I am. Help me keep my eyes towards you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I start this day, help me remember that I am yours and that my goal is to act accordingly. Make sure my feet don’t slip and my mind from wandering to distractions that can take precious energy and time from the most important tasks you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your son, Lord. And I’m thankful for the sacrifice you made for me, rising again on your own new day, so that each day could have the wonder of the love you have for me, the freedom of your Spirit and the joy of knowing that you are with me. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father, my heart is heavy. I’m feeling like I’m forced to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught exhausted, and distraught seem to be the best description of where I am. I am not sure of how to allow you to take on my burden Please show me how. Let me take it off. I’m going to rest and be revived so that my heart will not be as heavy in the morning. In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I must hear from You. Today, I make the commitment to start having an hour of silence each day. I will seek Your voice over all the other voices in my life. Lord, teach me how to focus my attention on You and help me obey whatever You tell me. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, today we pray for more of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, it can be easy for us to be overwhelmed by the worries that surround us in life, but we know that just as Your eyes is upon the sparrows, so also are You concerned for and see us.
We can learn today to be more reliant on Your help today. Bring us into a greater discernment of how You operate in order that we gain a greater understanding that all we see with our eyes isn’t all there is. We ask today for eyes to be able to see Your hand 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 love in my heart. I admit that at times my actions and my reactions betray my devotion to You. Please forgive me. I thank You for the grace that is able to recognize this new day as a chance to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
Dear Lord, help me remember how much difference it makes to make spending time with You my first priority in the morning. Bring me back to both my body and spirit every day with a desire to be with You and to listen to You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I get ready 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 I pray that you will illuminate my eyes with the truth, ignite my soul with passion and inspire my spirit with courage, enrich my life with service. Pardon what I have been and sanctify who I am and set the stage for the way I will be. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, I thank you for all the ways you’ve blessed me especially through this job which provides me with a paycheck and food on my table. Thank you that ALL work is important because the work you do is rewarding. Let me show you my glory today, through my actions my words, and through the good efforts I make to make my little part of the world. Help me to see my work as a blessing and not as a curse. Give me grace and strength 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 cares that burden me. While I desire to cast my cares upon You, I find that I tend to pick them up again, and they only add additional stress and anxiety. Help me to place my burdens on You as I learn what it means to rest and trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst
17. For Hope Today
Help me, Lord hear your voice saying, “I am your hope” over the many other voices. Lord, your word declares that you are the hope for hopeless therefore I’m running towards you with both hands extended and holding onto you. Bring me back to optimism and provide me with a tangible reminder today that hope is a eternal lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God You know the things that are in my heart I am unable to even imagine wishing for. Today, I offer them to you, I trust them to you, and ask that you because I know that you are able to do more than I could ever guess, imagine or request 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 would like to believe that you’re there with me and that I am loved and respected by you… But there are days when it’s not easy. Help me to speak the truth of your Word back to myself. Let it flow from my head towards my heart. Give me peace and wisdom 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 be productive, patient, focused, and observant. Refrain me free of distractions and keep me away from technology that is 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. Help me align my family, work and church life with rest in a manner which will increase the glory of your name and allow me to produce the highest fruit to further your kingdom.
As I work, keep my eyes on Jesus and his work on the cross which gave me treasure 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 to glorify God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God bless you everyone!