Are you looking to take your spirituality to the next level? One of the most effective methods to achieve this is to establish a regular prayer routine.
Consider it your spiritual workout. Just as you workout to stay in shape, a daily prayer practice will keep your soul strong and connected to the divine.
The most challenging aspect of prayer is to make it a regular element of our daily life. However, with a time and planning you can develop an effective prayer schedule that works for you and your time. The greatest part is that you are able to modify it to fit your personality and your spiritual beliefs.
Life can be hectic and it’s easy to let prayer slide off the priority list. Like everything else that’s worth having, it requires dedication and discipline. That’s where developing the habit of praying comes into. It gives structure and accountability to ensure we’re in contact with God on a regularly.
How do you begin? The first step is to decide what time of day is most conducive to you to pray. Some people like to start their day with prayer and others prefer to pray at night before bed. Test and see what works for you.
After you’ve decided on the most appropriate time to pray then 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 addressing God and asking for his help as you read and pray.
Read a passage from the Bible and meditate on it for a while. This can be accomplished by reading the passage three to four times, or listing everything it reveals about yourself, or guidelines to follow or promises to keep.
Your prayer should be structured by making confession, adoration, petition, and thanksgiving. Pray for your urgent needs and concerns, and take time to be in God’s presence.
The beauty of praying is that it’s customizable to meet your requirements. Many people might only have a few minutes to spare while others might have an time or even more. The trick is making it a consistent element of your day-to-day routine. If you don’t make it through a day or two do not fret! Just get back on track for the next day.
An everyday prayer practice is a great way to start your new year off with a fresh sense of purpose and spiritual connection with God. 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 method to improve your prayer practice is to make it more engaging. Instead of just reciting words, try to engage with God on 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 shoes. This can make your time in prayer more meaningful and personal.
Try incorporating different forms in your prayer daily routine. For example, try silent prayer, contemplative prayer, or even writing down your prayers. This can keep your prayer practice from becoming monotonous and add some variety to your daily 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 keep to your routine. They can even join you in prayer and share their own experiences.
Rememberthat the purpose 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 achieving perfection or following an unwritten set of guidelines, but rather being consistent and deliberate in your spiritual life. Take the time to discover a prayer practice that works for you and make it a priority in your daily life. You’ll be amazed by the difference it can make in your spiritual growth as well as overall wellbeing.
Now we have completed that, let’s look at some of our top daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Lord, I am exhausted and I don’t know what time my “race” will end in my life. I feel as if I’ve run for ages, trying to outrun this obstacle. Help me to quit trying to run away from 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 will ultimately be an ace over the struggles in my life. I am confident that nothing will ever be able to 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. Thanks for the devotion for me that will never end! Also, thank me for your crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me tenacious courageous spirit as I move through this day. When I’m tempted quit, help me persevere. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go as planned. Give me the confidence 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, for both remind us of a new day’s challenge and chance to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us it’s not always easy, but that you don’t have to carry the hard to each day. Forgive us for focusing on the past and keeping grudges. Thank You for our hearts that are not 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 being a part of the story into my world and permitting me to have an intimate 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 you for the blessings you’ve given myself and my entire family. We can use these blessings to bless others. May I live a lifetime full of joy as I see you at work in my life today! In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. For Guidance From the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you to be able to move the Spirit more boldly within my own life. I am aware that any sin is likely to cause grief and diminish the Spirit’s voice. Spirit, and I pray for protection against temptations to commit sin. Help me crave your Spirit more strongly than I desire sin. Help me grow in the fruits that comes from your Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from Your Spirit. Let your promises and wills always be a constant reminder of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, we thank for your generous grace, abundant grace. We thank you that we don’t have to earn a single drop of the powerful flow of mercy that flows in abundance to us right now. Thanks for this unexpected, unmerited favor you’ve showered on my life. Help me follow the path of your love and grace. Help me to not forget the disciplines I need to keep in contact with you frequently 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 love my life right now. Let me know the good things that I tend to overlook and help me feel content with my life. Please forgive me when I judge myself against others, and forgive me for seeking things that aren’t yours and your kingdom. Thanks for being with me exactly in the present, exactly as I am. Help me keep my eyes 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 yours, and my desire is to act accordingly. Help me keep my feet from sliding and my thoughts from drifting into distractions that may steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have planned for me. I’m proud to be your son, Lord. I’m grateful for the sacrifice you made for me, rising again on your own new day, so that each day could become filled with the joy of the love you have for me, the freedom of your Spirit and the joy of being a part of your family. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father I am so sad and burdened. I’m feeling like I’m forced to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, devastated exhausted and frightened are the words that describe where I am. I’m not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Let me take it off. Allow me to rest and become rejuvenated so that my heart won’t be as heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen. – Ron Moore
10. To Focus on God’s Voice
Father, I need to be heard from you. Today I am making a commitment to have a quiet time each day. I will be attentive to Your voice over all the other voices that surround me. Lord, teach me to focus my life around 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 in our lives. Lord, it is easy for us to be overwhelmed by the worries which surround us, but we know That just like Your eyes is indeed upon the sparrows, so also are You concerned for and watch over us.
Help us today to be more reliant on You. Help us gain a better understanding of the way You work to help us gain a greater understanding that what we see with natural eyes is not what it is. Today , we pray for eyes that can see Your hands in all matters and hearts to be open to Your will. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer to Walk with God
Dear Lord, I am in love with You. Everything I’ve written above is the love in my heart. I acknowledge that there are times when my actions and reactions go against my love for You. Please forgive me. I thank You for the mercy which allows you to see the new day as a chance to walk closer with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
God of my life, please help me remember how much difference it makes in my life when I spend time with You my first priority in the morning. Bring me back to the body and in my spirit every day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak affirmations, confidence, 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 by truth, enflame my heart with compassion and inspire my spirit with courage, enrich my life with service. Pardon what I have been and cleanse what I am, and order my future. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, I thank for all the ways you’ve blessed my life especially by this job that helps me pay 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 make my tiny corner of the world. Help me to see my work as a blessing and 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 I am so grateful to you that my world is badly broken. I am overwhelmed with worries and concerns that make me feel heavy. When I am tempted to put my worries on You, I that I often pick them up and they 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 to hear your voice saying, “I am your hope” over the many other voices. Lord, your word says that you are the hope for hopeless therefore I’m running to you with both my hands extended and holding onto you. Fill me up with faith and provide me with a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God You know the things in my heart that I can’t even begin to imagine hoping for. Today I present them to you, I am awestruck by them, and request that you do it because I know 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 that you’re there with me and that I’m loved and respected from you… But there are days when it’s not easy. Help me to speak the truth of your Word back to me. Bring it from my heart 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 challenge. Amen. – Amy Green
19. For a God-Honoring Work Day
Set the task of my hands by helping me to be productive as well as patient, focused and insightful. Be sure to keep me away from distractions and from 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. Help me align my work, family, church life, and rest in a manner that would maximize your glory and let me be the best fruitful for your kingdom.
And as I work, keep my eyes at Jesus and his final work on the cross that gave me treasure I could not acquire, peace which I wouldn’t otherwise have, and a vivacious faith that will inspire me to strive for to glorify God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God Bless you all!