Are you looking to take your spirituality to the highest level? One of the most effective ways to do that is to develop a daily prayer practice.
Imagine it as your spiritual workout. Just as you workout to stay in shape, a daily prayer practice can keep your soul strong and in tune with the divine.
The most difficult aspect of prayer is making it a consistent part of our life. However, with a bit of planning and effort you can develop your own prayer routine that is suitable for you and your time. And the best part is, you are able to modify it to match your own personality and your spiritual beliefs.
It’s true that life can be busy and it’s easy to let prayer slip down on the list of priorities. However, just like everything else that’s worth having, it takes commitment and discipline. This is where establishing an effective prayer schedule comes in. It provides structure and accountability to ensure that we’re connected to God on a a regular basis.
So, how do you get started? It’s the first thing to do is figure out which time of the day is most conducive to you to pray. Some prefer to begin their day with prayer and others prefer to pray at night before getting to bed. Test and see what works best for you.
Once you’ve identified the ideal time to pray 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 approaching God and asking for his blessing as you read and pray.
Read a passage from the Bible and then meditate on it for a while. It can be done by reading it three to four times, or writing down everything it reveals about yourself, examples to follow, commands to obey or promises to make.
Structure your prayer by praying for adoration, confession as well as petition and thanksgiving. Pray for your needs and pressing concerns as well as taking time to be in God’s presence.
The beauty of the prayer time routine is that it is customizable to fit your needs. Some people may only have a few minutes to spare while others might have an time or even more. It’s important making it a constant element of your day-to-day routine. And if you miss one or two days, don’t sweat it! Get back on track the following day.
An everyday prayer practice is a wonderful opportunity to begin your new year off with a fresh feeling of purpose and connection with the divine. It’s a powerful method to start your day, putting your focus upon the Lord and aligning your thoughts and actions in accordance with His plan.
Another way to increase your prayer practice 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 visualize the scenes within the Bible. Try to feel the emotions of the characters and place yourself in their position. This can make your time in prayer more meaningful and personal.
It is also possible to incorporate different forms in your prayer daily routine. For example, try a silent prayer, contemplative prayer, or even writing your prayers. This will keep your prayer routine from becoming monotonous and add variety to your spiritual routine.
One of the most effective methods to keep yourself engaged and focused on your prayer practice is by sharing the practice with other people. Find an accountability partner, a family member or friend member who will check in with you and help you to adhere to your daily routine. They could even be a part of your prayer and share their own experiences.
Rememberthat the purpose of a daily prayer practice is to deepen your relationship with God and ensure that your actions and thoughts are in line to His plan. It’s not about achieving perfection or adhering to an unwritten set of guidelines, but rather being intentional and consistent in your daily spiritual practice. Therefore, make the effort to create a routine of prayer 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 as well as overall wellbeing.
Now we have been through that let’s take a look at some of our most-loved daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
God, I’m exhausted and I don’t know when the “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running for years trying to conquer this obstacle. Please help me not try to beat my pain and instead run with endurance the race you have laid out for me. I know that thanks to you, I will be a victor over the trials in my life. I am confident that nothing in this world can keep me from your unwavering love. Please give me a measure of your affection today; give me the strength to endure this test. I thank you so much for your love for me that never ceases! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to quit, help me to keep going. Help me keep a positive attitude even when the circumstances don’t seem to go my way. Give me the confidence 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, for both remind us of a new day’s challenge and chance to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us that it’s not always easy, but that we don’t have to carry the hard to each day. Forgive us for dwelling on the past and holding onto grudges. We thank You for allowing our hearts to be held back by nothing 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 into my world and permitting me to establish 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 always. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to help others. Let me live a life 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 From the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you would influence the Spirit more strongly within my own life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the Spirit’s voice. Spirit and I pray for protection against temptations to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I want sin. Help me develop the fruits from the Spirit and then walk more closely to You. I ask for direction 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 for your generous grace that is abounds. Thank you that we don’t have to earn a single drop from the great flow of grace that flows unreservedly for us today. Thank you for the unexpected and undeserved favor you’ve bestowed upon my life. Help me put myself in the path of your grace and love. Help me not neglect the disciplines I need to meet with you regularly and 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 to love my life as it is today. Let me know the good things that I tend to overlook and help me to be happy with my life. Let me be forgiven when I compare myself to others, forgive me for wanting things outside of you and your kingdom. Thanks for being with me right in the present, exactly as I am. Help me to keep my eyes fixed at you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I get ready for the day, help me remember that I am a part of you and I want to live in accordance with your will. Help me keep my feet from sliding and my mind from wandering to distractions that can take precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child Lord. I’m grateful that you gave your life for me — rising from the dead on your new morning–so that every day could have the joy in your affection, the joy of your Spirit and the joy of knowing you. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father My heart is heavy. I’m feeling like I’m forced to carry this burden by myself. Words like depressed, overwhelmed, exhausted seem to describe the state I’m in. I am not sure how I can let you take on my burden Please show me how. Let me take it off. Let me rest and be rejuvenated so that my heart will not be as heavy the next morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I must hear from You. Today I take the pledge to start having an hour of silence each day. I will be attentive to Your voice above all the other voices in my life. Lord, teach me how to focus my life around You, and help me to follow the words You speak to me. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, we today ask for more of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, it’s easy for us to become overwhelmed by the worries which surround us, but we know the same way that Your eyes is focused at the sparrow so too do You look after and look out for us.
Help us today to be more dependent on Your help today. Give us a deeper discernment of how You operate, so that we may gain a greater understanding that what we see with natural eyes isn’t all there is. Today , we pray for eyes that can see Your hands in all matters and hearts that are open to Your mission. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer to walk with God
Dear Lord I am in love with You. Everything I’ve said above is the desire from my soul. I confess that sometimes my actions and my reactions betray my devotion to You. Please forgive me. I thank You for the forgiveness that allows me to see this new day as a chance to walk closer with 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 to make spending time with You a priority in my morning. Invigorate me in both my body and spirit every day with a desire to meet with You, and to hear You speak affirmations, confidence, 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 illuminate my mind by truth, enflame my heart with love and inspire my spirit with courage, enrich my life by serving. Forgive me for what I’ve done, sanctify what I am, and establish 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 my life, specifically through this job which helps me pay my bills and puts food on the table. Thank you that ALL work has significance because work is good. Help me bring you glory today, through my actions and words, as well as through the good job I do to bring order to my small area of the globe. Help me view my work as a blessing instead of a curse. Help me to have strength and grace to face the most difficult aspects of my job. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. – Renee Davis
16. A Morning Prayer for Cares and Concerns
Dear Father in Heaven I am so grateful to you that my personal life has been broken. I have so many concerns and cares and they weigh me down. Although I want to place my burdens on You, I that I tend to pick them up and they add to my stress and anxiety. Help me 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 hear you say, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. Lord, your word declares that you are the one who can bring hope to the despairing, and I’m rushing towards you with both hands stretched out and grabbing your hand. Bring me back to optimism and provide me with a tangible reminder of the fact that hope is a eternal lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God knows those things in my life that I can’t even begin to imagine hoping for, today I give them to you, I believe in you and ask that you since I am confident that you can accomplish more than I could guess, imagine or request 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 that you’re there with me and that I am loved and respected by your love… However, some days, it’s hard. Help me to communicate the truth from your Word to myself. Let it flow from my head to my heart. Give me peace and wisdom confidence to live as the conqueror because you’ve already given me victory over every obstacle and challenge. Amen. – Amy Green
19. For a God-Honoring Work Day
Make my work easier on my hands by encouraging me to be productive, patient, focused, and observant. Be sure to keep me away from distractions and from technology slowing my work rather than 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 personal, professional, church life, and rest in a manner that will maximize your glory , and let me produce the highest fruit to further your kingdom.
While I work, I will keep my attention at Jesus and his finished task on his cross which provided me with treasures I could not earn, rest that I would not normally experience, and a living hope that will fuel me to work for the glory of God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God bless you all!