Are you willing to take your spiritual journey to the highest level? One of the most effective ways to do that is to establish a regular prayer habit.
Consider it your spiritual workout. Just as you go to the gym to stay in shape, an everyday prayer routine will keep your soul strong and connected to the divine.
The most challenging aspect of praying is making it a constant element of our daily lives. But with a little time and planning you can develop your own prayer routine that is suitable for you and your time. And the best part is, you get to customize it to fit your personality and spiritual tradition.
Let’s be real, life can be busy and it’s easy to let prayer slip down on the list of priorities. Like everything other thing worth being a part of, it requires effort and discipline. This is where establishing the habit of praying comes into. It gives an order and accountability to ensure we’re in contact with God on a a regular basis.
So, how do you start? First, you must determine which time of the day is most conducive to you to pray. Some prefer to begin their day by praying, while others find it easier to pray at night before getting to bed. Experiment and see what works best for you.
Once you’ve identified the ideal time to pray then you can begin to build your routine. Here’s an example of a daily pattern for prayer in the morning:
Begin by addressing God, ask for his presence as you read and pray.
Read a passage from the Bible and reflect on it for a while. This can be done by reading the passage three to four times, or writing down everything it reveals about yourself or guidelines to obey or promises to keep.
Your prayer should be structured by praying for adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Pray for your needs and pressing concerns and then take time to enjoy God’s presence.
The beauty of the prayer time routine is that it’s customizable to suit your needs. For some, you may have only some minutes, while others may have an time or even more. The key is making it a constant element of your day-to-day routine. If you don’t make it through one or two days do not fret! Just get back on track the following day.
An everyday prayer practice is a great method to begin your new year off with a new feeling of purpose and spiritual connection with God. It’s a powerful way to start your day, putting your focus on 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 reciting the words, try to engage with God in a deeper way. Try using your imagination to imagine the scenes that are described by the Bible. Make an effort to experience the emotion of each character and put yourself in their shoes. This makes your time of prayer more meaningful and personal.
It is also possible to incorporate different forms in your prayer day-to-day routine. For instance, you can try silent prayer, contemplative prayer or even writing your prayers. This will keep your prayer practice from becoming repetitive and provide the variety you need to your spiritual practice.
One of the most effective ways to remain engaged and focused on your prayer practice is by sharing the practice with others. Find a partner in accountability, a family member or friend member who will check on you regularly and help you to adhere to your routine. They can even be a part of your prayer and share their own experiences.
Rememberthat the purpose of daily prayer is to deepen your relationship with God and make sure that your thoughts and actions are aligned in accordance with His plans. It’s not about achieving perfection or adhering to a strict set of guidelines, but rather being intentional and consistent in your daily spiritual practice. So, take the time to find a prayer routine that is a good fit for you and make it a priority in your day-to-day life. You’ll be amazed at the impact it has in your spiritual growth as well as overall wellbeing.
After we’ve gone through that lets look at some of our top daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever trying to beat this obstacle. Help me stop trying to outrun my pain, and instead race with a sense of endurance the race you have laid out for me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials that I face in life. I am certain that nothing will ever be able to be able to separate me from your eternal love. I ask you to show me a bit of your love and give me the strength to endure this trial. Thanks for the devotion for me that never ends! Also, thank me for your crown of happiness that I will enjoy forever in your Kingdom! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, give me perseverance and winsome courage as I go through the day. When I’m tempted quit, help me persevere. Give me a positive outlook when things don’t go as planned. And give me the courage 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, for they both give us the new day’s challenges and opportunity to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not necessarily easy but that you don’t have to carry the pain to each day. Please forgive us for focusing on the past and for keeping 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 you. Thank you for the love you have for me, today and always. Thank you for the blessings you’ve provided me as well as my loved ones. Let us make use of those blessings to be a blessing to others. Let me live a life filled with joy when I witness you working in my life today! In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. To receive guidance by the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray that you will be able to move the Spirit more powerfully in my life. I am aware that any sin can grieve and diminish the spirit of the Spirit and I ask for protection against temptations to commit sin. Help me crave your presence more than I want sin. Help me develop the fruit that comes from your Spirit and so walk closer to You. I ask for direction 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, thank God for your abundance grace that is abounds. We thank you that we don’t have to earn a drop of the mighty river in grace which flows freely for us today. We thank you for the unexpected generous, undeserved blessing you’ve lavished on my life. Help me to put myself in the direction of your grace and love. Help me to keep the things I must do to meet with you regularly 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 love the life I live in the present. Let me know the good things that I overlook, and help me be content with my life. Please forgive me when I think I am comparing myself to others, forgive me for seeking things that aren’t in your kingdom. Thanks for being with me right where I am, just in the way 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 am a part of you and that my goal is to behave accordingly. Make sure my feet don’t slip and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal 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 thankful for the sacrifice you made for me, rising to greet me each new day–so that my every day could become filled with the wonder of your love, 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 bear the burden on my own. Words like depressed, overwhelmed, exhausted seem to describe the state I’m in. I’m not sure how to allow you to carry my weight, so please let me know how. I’ll take it away. I’m going to rest and be revived so that my heart won’t be as heavy the next 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 take the pledge to have an hour of silence each day. I will listen for Your voice above all of the other voices that surround me. Lord, teach me how to center my life on 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 ask today to continue to work with Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the worries that surround us in life, but we know the same way that Your eyes is indeed on the sparrow, so also do You care for and watch over us.
We can learn today to be more dependent on Your help today. Help us gain a better discernment of how You operate in order that we gain a greater understanding that what we see with our eyes is not what it is. Today , we pray for eyes to see Your hand in all things and hearts to be open to Your work. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer: Walk with God
Dear Lord I Love You. All that I’ve expressed above is the desire from my soul. I admit that at times my actions and reactions go against my love for You. Please forgive me. I thank You for the mercy that is able to recognize this day as a new chance 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 what a difference it makes in my life when I spend time with You my first priority in the morning. Bring me back to both my body and spirit every day with a desire to meet with You and to be able to hear Your words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare for 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 with truth, inflame my heart with love, inspire my will by courage, and fill my life through service. Please forgive me for the things I’ve done and cleanse what I am, and order my future. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, I thank you for all the ways that you’ve blessed me, specifically with this job that pays my bills and puts food on the table. Thank you for the fact that ALL work is meaningful because work is good. I pray that I can bring glory to you by my actions and words, as well as by the work I do to bring order to my little part of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing and not an affront. I need your grace and strength to face the most difficult 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 life is broken. I am overwhelmed with worries and concerns and they burden me. Although I want to cast my cares upon You, I that I often pick them up and they cause additional stress and anxiety. Help me to place my burdens on You as I learn what it means to be at peace and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst
17. For Hope Today
Help me, Lord to hear you say, “I am your hope” over all the other voices. Lord, your word says that you are the only one who can bring hope to the despairing, and I’m rushing to you with both my hands spread out and grasping your hand. Fill me up with faith and provide me with concrete proof of the fact that hope is an unbreakable 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 give these things to you. I trust them to you, and I ask you to do so since I am confident that you are able to do more than I could ever 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 in the fact that you’re with me and that I’m known and loved by you… But sometimes, it’s difficult. Help me to communicate the truth of your Word back to myself. Bring it from my mind into my soul. Give me peace and wisdom confidence to live as an awe-inspiring warrior – for you’ve already given me victory over every challenge and obstacle. Amen. – Amy Green
19. For a God-Honoring Work Day
Make my work easier on my hands by encouraging me to be efficient as well as patient, focused and observant. Keep me from distractions and technology 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. Teach me to align my work, family and church life with rest in a way that will maximize your glory and let me bear the most fruit to further your kingdom.
As I work, keep my eyes on Jesus and his final work on the cross, which gave me treasure I couldn’t earn, peace that I could not otherwise have, and a vivacious faith that will inspire me to work for the glory of God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God Bless you all!