Are you looking to take your spiritual life to the next level? One of the best ways to accomplish this is to establish a regular prayer practice.
Consider it your spiritual workout. Just as you workout to stay fit, an everyday prayer routine will keep your soul strong and connected to the Divine.
The most difficult aspect of praying is making it a consistent part of our lives. But with a little bit of planning and effort you can develop an effective prayer schedule that works with your lifestyle and schedule. The greatest part is that you get to customize it to fit your personality and spiritual tradition.
It’s true that life can be hectic and it’s easy for prayer to slide off the list of priorities. But just like anything else worth having, it requires dedication and discipline. That’s where developing the habit of praying comes into. It provides an order and accountability to ensure that we’re in contact with God on a a regular basis.
How do you start? It’s the first thing to do is determine which time of the day is the most suitable time to pray. Some prefer to begin their day with prayer and others prefer to pray in the evening before going to bed. Try it out and discover which method works best for you.
Once you’ve determined the best time for prayer You can begin to establish a routine. Here’s an example of a pattern that you can follow daily for prayer in the morning:
Begin by talking to God to ask for his blessing as you read and meditate.
Read a passage from the Bible and then meditate on it for a while. This can be accomplished by reading it three or four times, or writing down everything it reveals about yourself, or guidelines to obey , or promises to make.
Structure your prayer by making confession, adoration prayer, thanksgiving, and petition. Prayerfully address your urgent needs and concerns, and take time to enjoy God’s presence.
The beauty of the prayer time routine is that it’s customizable to fit your needs. For some, you may have only a few minutes to spare, while others may have an hours or longer. It’s important to make it a regular part of your daily routine. If you fall off one or two days Don’t be concerned! Just get back on track the next day.
An everyday prayer practice is a great opportunity to begin your new year off with a new belief in the purpose of your life and a connection with the divine. It’s an effective way to begin your day by placing your attention on the Lord and aligning your thoughts and actions to His plans.
Another method to improve your prayer time is to create a more interactive. Instead of simply reciting words, try to engage with God on a deeper level. Make use of your imagination and try to picture the scenes described by the Bible. You can try to imagine the feelings of these characters, and put yourself in their shoes. This can make your time in prayer more meaningful and personal.
You can also try incorporating different forms in your prayer routine. For instance, you can try silent prayer, contemplative prayer or even journaling your prayers. This will prevent your prayer routine from becoming repetitive and provide the variety you need to your spiritual practice.
One of the best ways to stay engaged and focused on your daily prayer routine is sharing your practice with other people. Find a accountability partner, a friend or family member who will be checking in with you and help you to keep to your routine. They can even be a part of your prayer and share their own experiences.
The goal of a daily prayer practice is to strengthen your relationship with God and align your thoughts and actions in accordance with His plans. It’s not about perfection or following a strict set of guidelines, but rather being consistent and deliberate in your spiritual life. Take the time to create a routine of prayer that you enjoy and make it a priority in your daily life. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make for your spiritual development and overall well-being.
Now we have been through that let’s check out some of our favorite daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Dear God, I’m tired and don’t know what time this “race” will end in my life. I feel as if I’ve run for ages trying to beat this obstacle. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with a sense of endurance the race you have laid out for me. I am confident that because of you, I will ultimately be triumphant over all the challenges in my life. I am certain that nothing could ever separate me from your steadfast love. I ask you to show me a bit of your unconditional love today. Give me the courage to face this trial. Thank you for your unconditional love for me that will never end! Thank you for the 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 tenacious amazing courage as I journey through this day. If I’m tempted to quit, help me keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go as planned. And give me the courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Dr. Ray Pritchard
3. Prayer to Seek God Each Day
Father, praise God for the sky and sun, as they both give us the new day’s challenges and opportunity to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us that life is not always easy, but that we don’t have to carry the hard into each new day. Please forgive us for dwelling in the past and holding onto grudges. Bless our hearts to be free of any limitation 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 in my life and allowing me to enjoy a the privilege of a relationship with Father, thank you for your intervention and allowing me to be a part of your family. Thank you for your unconditional love for me, today and always. Thank for the blessings that you’ve given me as well as my loved ones. Let us make use of those blessings to bless others. May I live a life 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 that you will influence the Spirit more strongly in my life. I am aware that any sin can grieve and weaken the voice of the Spirit and I pray against the temptation to commit sin. Help me to crave Your presence more than I want sin. Help me to grow in the fruits that comes from your Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I ask for direction from Your Spirit- let your word and promise always be a source of meditation for my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, thank God for your abundance grace that is abounds. Thank you that we don’t need to work for a drop of the mighty river of mercy that flows in abundance to us now. Thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor you’ve showered on my life. Help me follow the direction of your grace and love. Help me to keep the things I must do to keep in contact with you frequently and drink from the water 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 my life right now. Let me know the good things that I overlook, and help me be content with the things I have. Please forgive me when I judge myself against others, forgive me for longing for things outside of you and your kingdom. Thanks for being with me just where I am, just as I am. Help me keep my focus towards you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I get ready for the day, help me to remember that I am yours and I want to behave accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my thoughts from drifting to distractions that can take precious time and energy from the most important things that you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your son, Lord. I’m grateful that you died for me–rising again on your own new day–so that my every day would have the joy of the love you have for me, the freedom of your Spirit and the delight of knowing that you are with me. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry this burden by myself. Words like depressed, overwhelmed exhausted, and distraught seem to be the best description of where I am. I am not sure how to allow you to take on my burden Please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be revived so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I want to listen to You. Today I am making a commitment to start having a quiet time each day. I will be attentive to Your voice over all other voices that surround me. Lord, teach me to focus my life around You, and help me to follow whatever You tell me. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, we ask today to continue to work with Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, it is easy for us to be overwhelmed by the worries that take over our lives We know the same way that Your eye is on the sparrow, so too do You look after and look out for us.
Teach us today to become more dependent on Your help today. Bring us into a greater understanding of the way You work, so that we may be able to understand that everything we see with natural eyes isn’t all there is. Today , we pray for eyes to see Your hand in all matters and hearts that are open to Your mission. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer: Walk with God
Dear Lord I am in love with You. All that I’ve expressed above is the love in my heart. I confess that sometimes my actions and reactions go against my love for You. Please forgive me. Thanks for your mercy which allows you to see this day as an opportunity 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 the difference when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in both my body and spirit every daily with an eagerness for a time of fellowship with You and hear 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 Please illuminate my mind with the truth, ignite my heart with compassion I want to be inspired by your love, and with courage, enrich my life through service. Forgive me for what I’ve done, sanctify what I am, and order the way I will be. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, I thank you for the many ways you’ve blessed my life particularly through this job which helps me pay my bills and puts food on my table. Thank you that ALL work is important because the work you do is rewarding. Help me bring you glory by my actions and words, as well as through the good work I do to bring order to my little part of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing, not a curse. I need your grace and strength for the hardest aspects of my work. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. – Renee Davis
16. A Morning Prayer for Cares and Concerns
Our Father is dear to me in Heaven, so much in my personal life has been broken. I have so many concerns and concerns that make me feel heavy. When I am tempted to put my worries on You, I find that I tend to pick them up again and they add to my stress and anxiety. Please help me learn to cast my cares 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
Help me, Lord to hear your voice saying, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. Lord, your word declares that you are the only hope for hopeless therefore I’m running towards you with both hands spread out and grasping on to you. Give me hope and give me a tangible reminder of the fact that hope is an irreplaceable line of spiritual support (Hebrews 6:19-20). God, you know those things in my heart that I can’t even begin to imagine hoping for. Today, I offer them to you, I believe in you and I ask you to do so as I am sure that you are able to do more than I could 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’d like to believe that you’re with me and that I’m known and loved by your love… but there are days when it’s not easy. Help me speak the truth in your Word back to me. Take it from my heart towards my heart. Bring me peace and courage to live like a conqueror – because 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, patient, focused, and insightful. Keep 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 work, family and church activities, as well as rest in a manner that will maximize the glory of your name and let me be the best fruitful to further your kingdom.
And as I work, I will keep my gaze on Jesus and his finished work on the cross, which gave me treasure that I could not earn, rest that I could not otherwise be able to experience, and a new hope that can fuel me to strive for to glorify God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God bless you everyone!