Are you willing to take your spiritual journey to the next level? One of the best ways to accomplish this is by developing a daily prayer practice.
Consider it your spiritual exercise, similar to as you go to the gym to stay in shape, a daily prayer practice can keep your soul strong and in tune with the Divine.
The most challenging part of prayer is making it a consistent part of our life. But with a little amount of planning and effort, you can create a prayer routine that works for you and your schedule. And the best part is, you get to customize it to match your own personality and spiritual tradition.
Let’s be real, life is hectic and it’s easy to let prayers slide off the priority list. However, just like everything other thing worth having, it takes effort and discipline. This is where the creation of a prayer routine comes in. It gives structure and accountability to make sure we are in contact with God on a an ongoing basis.
So, how do you get started? It’s the first thing to do is figure out what time of day is the most suitable time to pray. Some people prefer to start their day by praying, while others find it easier to pray at night before bed. Experiment and see what works best for you.
Once you’ve determined the best time for prayer You can begin to build your routine. Here’s an illustration of a typical daily routine for morning prayer:
Begin by approaching God, ask for his presence while you read and pray.
Go through a section of the Bible and meditate on it for a while. This can be done by reading the passage three to four times or by listing everything it reveals about yourself, or guidelines to follow or promises to claim.
Your prayer should be structured by offering adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Pray for your urgent needs and concerns and then take time to be in God’s presence.
The beauty of a prayer routine is that it can be adapted to fit your needs. Many people might only have some minutes, while others may have a half an hours or longer. The trick is that you make this a regular part of your routine. If you fall off one or two days do not fret! Just get back on track for the next day.
The practice of daily prayer is an excellent way to start this new year feeling a renewed sense of purpose and feeling of connection to the divine. It’s a powerful way to begin your day by keeping your eyes 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 reciting the words, try to engage with God in a deeper way. Use your imagination and try to visualize the scenes within the Bible. Try to feel the emotions of the characters, and put yourself in their position. This can make your time in prayer more personal and meaningful.
Try incorporating various forms prayers into your day-to-day routine. For example, try a silent prayer, contemplative prayer, or even journaling your prayers. This will keep your prayer practice from becoming monotonous and add the variety you need to your spiritual practice.
One of the best ways to stay motivated and on track with your daily prayers is sharing your practice with others. Find a partner in accountability either a close friend or family member who can check in with you and encourage you to stick to your daily routine. They could even be a part of your prayer and share their own experiences.
The goal of daily prayer 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 following the strict guidelines, but rather being deliberate and consistent in your spiritual life. Therefore, make the effort to create a routine of prayer that is a good fit for you and set it as a priority within your everyday life. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make in your spiritual growth as well as overall wellbeing.
We have now been through that let’s look at some of our favorite daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Dear God, I’m weary and don’t know what time this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running for years trying to beat this obstacle. Please help me not try to beat my pain and instead run with endurance the race that you have set for me. I know that thanks to you, I will be a victor over the trials that I face in life. I know that nothing can separate me from your steadfast love. I ask you to show me a bit of your affection today. Give me the strength to stand through this challenge. I thank you so much for your love for me that never ends! And thank to you the chance of joy that awaits me forever with you in the Kingdom of Heaven! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me courageous spirit as I move through my day. When I am tempted to 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 do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Dr. Ray Pritchard
3. Prayer to Seek God Each Day
Father, thank God for the sky and sun, for both remind us of an exciting new day and the chance to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us it’s not all easy. But, it is important to remember we don’t have to carry the hard to each day. We are sorry for focusing 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 your intervention in my life and allowing me to enjoy a a personal relationship with Father, thank you for your intervention and allowing me to be a part of your family. Thank you for the love you have for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me as well as my loved ones. We can use these blessings to bless others. Let me live a life filled with joy when I watch you work all around me! In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. for guidance from the Holy Spirit
Lord, I ask you to be able to move the Spirit more strongly within my own life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit and I pray not to fall prey to sin. Help me crave your Spirit more strongly than I desire sin. Help me to grow in the fruits from the Spirit and walk in closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from Your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a source of meditation for my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. Thank you that we don’t need to work for a drop from the great stream in grace which flows unreservedly to us right now. We thank you for the unplanned generous, undeserved blessing you’ve lavished on my life. Help me put myself in the path of your love and grace. Help me not neglect the things I must do to meet with you regularly 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 I ask you to help me appreciate the life I live today. Help me see the positive things that I tend to overlook and help me feel content with the things I have. Please forgive me when I compare myself to other people, and forgive me for wanting things that aren’t in your kingdom. Thank you for loving me exactly where I am, right as I am. Help me keep my focus on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Nicki Koziarz
8. Prayer Against Distractions Today
As I get ready for the day, remind me that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering to distractions that can take precious time and energy from the most important things that you have created for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you gave your life for me — rising from the dead on your new morning–so that every day could be filled with the wonder of the love you have for me, the freedom of your Spirit and the delight of knowing you. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father I am so sad and burdened. I feel like I have to carry this burden by myself. Words like depressed, overwhelmed exhausted and frightened are the words that describe my current state. I’m not sure of how to allow you to carry my heavy load I need you to show me how. Take it from me. I’m going to rest and be revived 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 be heard from you. Today, I make the commitment to start having a quiet time each day. I will listen for Your voice over all 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 to continue to work with Your Holy Spirit to be present in our lives. Lord, it is easy for us to become overwhelmed by the worries that take over our lives, but we know the same way that Your eye is upon the sparrows, so too do You look after and see us.
We can learn today to be more reliant on Your help today. Help us gain a better awareness of Your ways of working to help us gain a greater understanding that everything we see with our eyes isn’t all there is. We ask today for eyes to see Your hand in all matters and hearts to be open to Your mission. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer to Walk with God
Dear Lord, I Love You. Everything I’ve said above is the love of my heart. I acknowledge that there are times when my actions and reactions go against my love for You. I ask for forgiveness. I thank You for the forgiveness that is able to recognize this day as a new chance to be closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
Thank You Lord for helping me to remember how much difference it makes to make spending time for You a priority in my morning. Bring me back to the body and in my spirit every day with a desire to be with You and listen to You speak affirmations, confidence, 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 I pray that you will illuminate my eyes by truth, enflame my soul with passion and inspire my spirit with courage, and enrich my life through service. Please forgive me for the things 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, thank for all the ways you’ve blessed me particularly with this job that provides me with a paycheck and food on the table. Thank you for the fact that ALL work is meaningful because the work you do is rewarding. Help me bring you glory by my actions and words, as well as through the good efforts I make to improve the order in my tiny part of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing instead of an affront. I need your 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
My Father who is in Heaven, so much in my personal life has been broken. I have so many concerns and concerns and they make me feel heavy. When I am tempted to put my worries on You, I find that I tend to pick them up, and they only add more anxiety and stress. Help me learn to put my worries 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
Lord, help me hear you say, “I am your hope” over all other voices. Lord, your word says that you are the hope for hopeless so I’m running to you with both hands extended and holding your hand. Fill me up with hope and give me an actual reminder today that hope is an unbreakable line of spiritual support (Hebrews 6:19-20). God, you know those things in my heart that I am unable to even imagine wishing for. Today, I offer the things I have to you, I am awestruck by them, and I ask you to do so since I am confident that you can do more than I could think of, imagine or ask for 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 there with me and that I’m loved and respected by you… But there are days when it’s not easy. Help me to communicate the truth in your Word back to myself. Bring it from my head to my heart. Give me peace and wisdom confidence to live as 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 sharp. Be sure to keep me away from distractions and technology slowing my work rather than 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 personal, professional, church life, and rest in a manner that would maximize the glory of your name and let me bear the most fruit for your kingdom.
As I work, fix my gaze on Jesus and his work on the cross, which gave me treasure that I couldn’t earn, peace that I would not normally experience, and a living faith that will inspire me to work for to glorify God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God Bless you everyone!