Are you looking to take your spiritual life to the next level? One of the best ways to accomplish this is to develop a daily prayer practice.
Consider it your spiritual workout, just as you workout to stay fit, 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 part of our daily lives. However, with a amount of planning and effort you can develop an effective prayer schedule that works for you and your schedule. The most appealing part is that you are able to modify it to match your own personality and spiritual tradition.
Life can be hectic and it’s easy for prayer to slide off the priority list. But just like anything else that’s worth being a part of, it requires commitment and discipline. This is where the creation of an effective prayer schedule comes in. It provides the structure and accountability needed to make sure we are connecting with the divine on regularly.
So, how do you get started? First, you must figure out which time of the day is most conducive to you to pray. Some prefer to begin their day with prayer while others prefer to pray before going to getting to bed. Experiment and see what works for you.
After you’ve decided on the most appropriate 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, ask for his help as you read and pray.
Take a chapter from the Bible and then meditate on it. This can be accomplished by reading the passage three to four times or by listing everything it reveals about yourself, the examples you can follow, instructions to obey , or promises to make.
Make your prayer a ritual by offering adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Make a prayer for your immediate needs and worries as well as taking time to sit in the presence of God.
The beauty of the prayer time routine is that it can be adapted to fit your needs. Some people may only have just a few minutes while others might be able to devote a whole time or even more. The trick is that you make this a consistent part of your routine. And if you miss the occasional day or two do not fret! You can get back on track the following day.
An everyday prayer practice is a wonderful method to begin the new year with a fresh feeling of purpose and spiritual connection with God. It’s a powerful method to begin your day by placing your attention to the Lord and aligning your thoughts and actions to His plans.
Another way to increase your prayer routine is to enhance it by making it more engaging. Instead of reciting the phrases, try engaging with God at a deeper level. Try using your imagination to imagine the scenes that are described in the Bible. You can try to imagine the feelings of these characters and place yourself in their shoes. This can make your time in prayer more personal and meaningful.
It is also possible to incorporate different types in your prayer day-to-day routine. For example, try a 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 stay focused and in line with your prayer practice is by sharing your practice with other people. Find an accountability partner, a friend or family member who can check in with you and help you to stick to your routine. They could even join you in 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 with His will. It’s not about achieving perfection or adhering to an unwritten set of rules, it’s about being consistent and deliberate in your daily spiritual practice. Therefore, make the effort to discover a prayer practice that is a good fit for you and incorporate it in your daily life. You’ll be amazed at how much difference it makes in your spiritual growth as well as overall wellbeing.
We have now completed that, let’s look at some of our favorite daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Lord, I am tired and I don’t know what time this “race” will end in my life. It seems as if I’ve run for ages trying to beat this challenge. Help me quit trying to run away from my pain and instead run with endurance the race that you have set before me. I know that thanks to you, I will ultimately be triumphant over all the challenges throughout my journey. I am confident that nothing in this world will ever be able to be able to separate me from your eternal love. Please give me a measure of your unconditional love today. Give me the courage to face this trial. Thanks for the devotion for me that never ceases! Thank you for the crown of happiness that I will enjoy forever with you in the Kingdom of Heaven! – Adrian Rogers
2. A Morning Prayer for Courage
Lord, grant me tenacious amazing courage as I journey through my day. When I am tempted to give up, assist me persevere. Grant me a cheerful spirit in the event that things do not go as planned. Also, give me the strength 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, Praise God for the sky and sun, for both of them remind us of the new day’s challenges and the chance to pursue You. Thank You for reminding us that the journey isn’t all easy. But, it is important to remember that we don’t have to carry the hard to each day. We are sorry for focusing on the past and for keeping grudges. We thank You for allowing our hearts to be 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 within my personal life, and for allowing me the opportunity to have 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 myself and my entire family. Help us use those blessings to be a blessing to others. May I live a lifetime of true joy as I watch you work in my life today! In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. For Guidance by the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you will influence the Spirit more boldly within my own life. I am aware that any sin is likely to cause grief and weaken the Spirit’s voice. Spirit and I ask not to fall prey to sin. Help me to seek Your Presence more often than I crave sin. Help me develop the fruit that comes from your Spirit and then walk more closely to You. I ask for direction from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Kenny Luck
6. For God’s Grace Daily
Lord, thank you for your abundant grace, abundant grace. Thank you that we don’t have to earn a single drop of the powerful flow in grace which 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 kindness and love. Help me not neglect the things I must do to attend to you on a regular basis 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 right now. Help me see the positive things that I overlook, and help me feel content with my life. Please forgive me when I compare myself to others, forgive me for longing for things that aren’t in your kingdom. I thank you that You love me exactly in the present, exactly 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, help me to remember that I am yours and that my goal is to behave accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering to distractions that can take precious time and energy away from the most important tasks you have planned for me. I’m so proud to be your child Lord. And I’m thankful that you gave your life for me — rising again on your own new morning–so that every day could be filled with the joy of the love you have for me, the joy of your Spirit and the delight of knowing that you are with me. – Rebecca Barlow Jordan
9. A Prayer for a Heavy Heart
Father I am so sad and burdened. I feel as if I’m having to carry this burden by myself. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure of how to allow you to carry my weight, so please help me understand. I’ll take it away. Let me rest and be revived 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 need to listen to You. Today, I make the commitment to have an hour of silence each day. I will be attentive to Your voice over all other voices that surround me. Lord, teach me how to center my life on You and help me obey 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 to fill our lives. Lord, it can be easy for us to be overwhelmed by the worries that surround us in life However, we are aware that just as Your gaze is indeed at the sparrow so too are You concerned for and look out for us.
We can learn today to be more dependent on You. Give us a deeper understanding of the way You work, so that we may come into a deeper understanding that all we see with our eyes is not all that is. We ask today for eyes that can see Your hand in all matters and hearts to be open to Your will. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer to walk with God
Dear Lord I love You. Everything I’ve said above is the love from my soul. I acknowledge that there are times when my actions and reactions go against my devotion to You. I ask for forgiveness. I thank You for the mercy that is able to recognize this new day as a new chance 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 how much difference it makes to make spending time with You my first priority in the morning. Awaken me in both my body and spirit every day with a desire for a time of fellowship with You, and to listen to You speak words of affirmation, faith, 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 I want to be inspired by your love, and with courage, and enrich my life with service. Forgive me for what I’ve done, sanctify what I am, and order my future. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, I thank you for the many ways you’ve blessed my life, specifically with this job that pays my bills and puts food on the table. Thank you that ALL work has significance because work is beneficial. Help me bring you glory today, through my actions, my words, by the work I do to improve the order in my small part of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing instead of an affront. Help me to have strength and grace 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
Dear Father in Heaven I am so grateful to you that my life is broken. I have a myriad of worries and worries, and they make me feel heavy. While I desire to place my burdens on You, I find that I often pick them up and again and they add additional stress and anxiety. Help me learn 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
God, allow me hear you say, “I am your hope” over the many other voices. Lord, your word says that you are the hope for the hopeless, therefore I’m running to you with both my hands extended and holding onto you. Bring me back to optimism and provide me with an actual reminder of the fact that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline (Hebrews 6:19-20). God knows those things that are in my heart I am unable to even imagine wishing for. Today, I offer the things I have to you, I believe in you and I ask you to do so because I know that you can accomplish more than I could ever think of, imagine or ask for in wildest 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 would like to believe that you’re there with me and that I’m known and loved from you… But some days, it’s hard. Help me to communicate the truth in your Word back to me. Take it from my head into my soul. Bring me peace and confidence to live as a conqueror – because you’ve already won me victory over every challenge and obstacle. 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. Refrain me free of distractions and keep me away from technology that is 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 work, family and church life with rest in a manner which will increase your glory , and let me bear the most fruit for your kingdom.
While I work, keep my attention at Jesus and his finished job on the cross, which gave me treasure I could not acquire, peace that I could not otherwise experience, and a living hope that will fuel my desire to pursue the glory of God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God bless you everyone!