Are you willing to take your spirituality to the highest level? One of the best ways to accomplish this is to develop a daily prayer practice.
Consider it your spiritual workout. Just as you go to the gym to stay fit, regular prayer will keep your soul strong and in tune with the Divine.
The most challenging part of prayer is making it a consistent element of our daily life. However, with a bit of planning and effort you can develop a prayer routine that works for you and your time. The most appealing part is that you get to customize it to fit your personality and spiritual tradition.
Let’s be real, life can be hectic and it’s easy to let prayer slip down on the priority list. But just like anything other thing worth having, it requires effort and discipline. This is where the creation of a prayer routine comes in. It gives an order and accountability to make sure we are connected to God on a regularly.
So, how do you get started? The first step is to determine what time of day works best for you to pray. Some people like to start their day with prayer and others prefer to pray in the evening before going to bed. Try it out and discover what works best for you.
Once you’ve identified the ideal time for prayer, you can start building your daily routine. Here’s an example of a pattern that you can follow daily for prayer in the morning:
Begin by approaching God to ask for his blessing while you read and pray.
Take a chapter from the Bible and then meditate on the passage. This can be done by reading it three or four times or by listing the things it says about yourself, or guidelines to obey , or promises to claim.
Your prayer should be structured by making confession, adoration, petition, and thanksgiving. Make a prayer for your immediate needs and worries and then take time to sit in the presence of God.
The best thing about the prayer time routine is that it’s customizable to fit your needs. For some, you may have only some minutes and others could be able to devote a whole hour or more. The key is that you make this a consistent part of your daily routine. If you don’t make it through one or two days do not fret! Get back on track the following day.
A daily prayer practice is a great method to begin the new year with a fresh belief in the purpose of your life and a spiritual connection with God. It’s a powerful method to start your day, putting your focus upon the Lord and aligning your thoughts and actions to His plans.
Another method to improve your prayer practice is to enhance it by making it more engaging. Instead of simply reciting phrases, try engaging with God on a deeper level. Try using your imagination to visualize the scenes by the Bible. Try to feel the emotions of the characters and put yourself in their position. This makes your time of prayer more personal and meaningful.
Try incorporating different types in your prayer daily routine. For example, try a silent prayer, contemplative prayer, or even journaling your prayers. This can keep your prayer practice from becoming repetitive and provide some variety to your daily spiritual routine.
One of the best ways to remain engaged and focused on your daily prayer routine is sharing your practice with other people. Find a partner in accountability, a friend or family member who will check in with you and encourage you to stick to your schedule. They may even be a part of your prayer and share their own experiences.
Remember, the goal 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 consistent and deliberate in your spiritual life. Therefore, make the effort to create a routine of prayer that you enjoy and set it as a priority within your everyday life. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make for your spiritual development and overall well-being.
After we’ve gone through that lets take a look at some of our top daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Lord, I am weary and don’t know what time the “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running for years trying to beat this trial. Please help me not try to beat my pain and instead run with a sense of endurance the race you have set for me. I am confident that because of you, I will be a victor over the trials that I face in life. I am certain that nothing in this world will ever be able to be able to separate me from your eternal love. Please show me some of your love today; give me the courage to face this challenge. Thanks for the unconditional love for me that never ceases! Also, thank to you the chance of happiness that I will enjoy forever within your kingdom! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me tenacious amazing courage as I journey through my day. When I’m tempted give up, assist me persevere. Give me a positive outlook when things don’t go my way. Give me the confidence 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 they both give us the new day’s challenges and the chance to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us that life is not always easy, but you don’t have to carry the hard into each new day. We are sorry 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 intervening in my life and allowing me to have the privilege of a relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me, today and always. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. We can use these blessings to bless others. Let me live a life filled with joy when I witness you working around me today! In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. for guidance by the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you to move the Spirit more strongly within my own life. I know that any sin is likely to cause grief and weaken the spirit of the Spirit, and I pray not to fall prey to commit sin. Help me to crave Your Presence more often than I crave sin. Help me to grow in the fruit from the Spirit and walk in closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from Your Spirit. Let your promises and wills always be a meditation of 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 don’t need to work for a drop of the mighty flow in grace which flows freely to us right now. Thanks for this unplanned generous, undeserved blessing you’ve lavished on my life. Help me follow the direction of your grace and love. Help me not neglect the things I must do to meet with you regularly and to 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 I ask you to help me appreciate my life as it is today. Let me know the good things that I tend to overlook and help me be content with the things I have. Please forgive me when I compare myself to others, and forgive me for wanting things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me exactly in the present, exactly as I am. Help me to keep my eyes fixed towards you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to behave accordingly. Make sure my feet don’t slip and my thoughts from drifting into distractions that may steal precious time and energy away from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your son, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you gave your life for me — rising to greet me each new morning–so that every day can become filled with the beauty of your love, the freedom 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 feel as if I’m having to bear the burden on my own. Words like depressed, overwhelmed exhausted, and distraught seem to be the best description of my current state. I am not sure of how to let you carry my heavy load, so please help me understand. Let me take it off. Let me rest and be rejuvenated to ensure that my heart doesn’t 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 am making a commitment to have an hour of silence each day. I will seek Your voice above all of other voices in my life. Lord, teach me to focus my attention 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 in our lives. Lord, it can be easy for us to become consumed with the fears that take over our lives We know That just like Your gaze is upon the sparrows, so too do You look after and watch over us.
We can learn today to be more dependent on Your help today. Help us gain a better awareness of Your ways of working, so that we may be able to understand that everything that we see in our natural eyes is not what it is. We ask today for eyes to see Your hands in all matters and hearts to be open to Your mission. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer: Walk with God
Dear Lord I love You. Everything I’ve written above is the desire in my heart. I confess that sometimes my actions and reactions go against my love for You. Please forgive me. I thank You for the forgiveness that is able to recognize this new day as an opportunity to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
God of my life, please help me remember the difference in my life when I spend time for You my first priority in the morning. Bring me back to both my body and spirit every morning with the desire to meet with You and to listen to You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over 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 by truth, enflame my heart with compassion and inspire my spirit by courage, and fill my life with service. Forgive me for what I’ve done, sanctify what I am, and establish my future. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, thank for all the ways you’ve blessed my life especially by this job that provides me with a paycheck and food on my table. Thank you for the fact that ALL work is important because the work you do is rewarding. Let me show you my glory by my actions, my words, through the good job I do to make my tiny area of the globe. Help me view my work as a blessing instead of 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
Dear Father in Heaven So much of my life is broken. I have so many concerns and concerns that make me feel heavy. Although I want to put my worries on You, I find that I often pick them up and again and they cause additional stress and anxiety. Please help me learn to put my worries upon You while I discover what it means to rest and trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst
17. For Hope Today
Help me, Lord to hear you saying, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. Lord, your word says that you are the one who can bring hope to the despairing, so I’m running to you with both hands extended and holding onto you. Give me hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable line of spiritual support (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 believe in you and I ask you to do so because I know that you can accomplish more than I can ever think, imagine, or even imagine in the wildest of dreams (Eph 3:20). God, you are my hope , and I trust you. Amen. – Wendy can Eyck
18. Courage for the Day Ahead
God, I want to believe that you’re with me and that I am known and loved from you… However, some days, it’s hard. Help me to speak the truth of your Word back to myself. Bring it from my mind to my heart. I ask you to give me peace and the courage to be a conqueror – because you’ve already crowned me victorious over every obstacle and hurdle. Amen. – Amy Green
19. For a God-Honoring Work Day
Set the task of my hands by assisting me to be efficient and patient, focused and sharp. Be sure to keep me away from distractions and from 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. Help me align my family, work and church life with rest in a manner that would maximize your glory and let me bear the most fruit to further your kingdom.
And as I work, fix my attention on Jesus and his job on the cross that gave me treasure that I couldn’t earn, peace which I wouldn’t 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 all!