Are you willing to take your spirituality to the next level? One of the best ways to accomplish this is by developing a daily prayer routine.
Think of it as your spiritual workout. Just as you workout to stay fit, an everyday prayer routine keeps your soul healthy and connected to the divine.
The most difficult aspect of praying is making it a constant part of our lives. With a bit of planning and effort it is possible to create an effective prayer schedule that works with your lifestyle and schedule. The most appealing part is that you get to customize it to match your own personality and religious tradition.
Life can be hectic and it’s easy to let prayer slide off the list of priorities. Like everything other thing worth having, it requires effort and discipline. This is where the creation of the habit of praying comes into. It gives the structure and accountability needed to make sure we are in contact with God on a regularly.
So, how do you get started? First, you must decide which time of the day is the most suitable time 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 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 talking to God, ask for his blessing as you read and pray.
Read a passage from the Bible and meditate on it for a while. It can be done by reading it three to four times, or listing everything it reveals about yourself, examples to follow, commands to obey or promises to make.
Your prayer should be structured by praying for adoration, confession, petition, and thanksgiving. Make a prayer for your urgent needs and concerns as well as taking time to enjoy God’s presence.
The beauty of the prayer time routine is that it’s customizable to suit your needs. Some people may only have just a few minutes while others might be able to devote a whole hours or longer. The trick is making it a consistent element of your day-to-day routine. If you don’t make it through the occasional day or two Don’t be concerned! Get back on track for the next day.
A daily prayer practice is a wonderful opportunity to begin your new year off with a renewed feeling of purpose and connection with the divine. It’s a powerful way to start your day, putting your focus on the Lord and aligning your thoughts and actions in accordance with His plan.
Another way to increase your prayer time is to enhance it by making it more engaging. Instead of simply reciting words, try to engage with God in a deeper way. Make use of your imagination and try to picture the scenes described within the Bible. Try to feel the emotions of the characters and put yourself in their position. This makes your time of prayer more meaningful and personal.
Try incorporating different forms in your prayer routine. For example, try a silent prayer, contemplative prayer, or even writing down your prayers. This will keep your prayer practice from becoming repetitive and provide variety to your spiritual routine.
One of the best methods to keep yourself motivated and on track with your prayer practice is by sharing your practice with others. Find a accountability partner either a close friend or family member who can check on you regularly and help you to stick to your schedule. They may even join you in prayers and share their own experiences.
Rememberthat the purpose of a regular prayer routine is to deepen your relationship with God and make sure that your thoughts and actions are aligned to His plan. It’s not about achieving perfection or following a strict set of guidelines, but rather being consistent and deliberate in your daily spiritual practice. Therefore, make the effort to find a prayer routine that works for you and incorporate it within your everyday life. You’ll be amazed by how much difference it makes on your spiritual growth and overall health.
After we’ve been through that let’s check out some of our most-loved daily prayers:
1. A Morning Prayer for Strength
Dear God, I’m tired and I don’t know when my “race” will end in my life. I feel as if I’ve run for ages trying to beat this challenge. Please help me quit trying to run away from my pain and instead run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that thanks to you, I will be a victor over the trials throughout my journey. I am certain that nothing could ever separate me from your steadfast love. Please show me some of your affection and give me the strength to stand through this trial. Thanks for the love for me that will never end! Thank to you the chance of happiness which awaits me for eternity 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, help me persevere. Give me a positive outlook even when the circumstances don’t seem to go as planned. Also, give me the strength to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Dr. Ray Pritchard
3. Prayer to Seek God Each Day
Father, Praise You for the sky and sun, as both remind us of an exciting new day and the chance to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not all easy. But, it is important to remember that you don’t have to carry the burden into the next day. Please forgive us for focusing in the past and keeping grudges. Thank You for our hearts that are not unhindered by anything when we seek You every 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 enjoy a an intimate relationship with you. Thank you for the love you have for me now and for the rest of my life. Thank for the blessings that you’ve given me as well as my loved ones. Help us use those blessings to be a blessing to others. May I live a lifetime filled with joy when I witness you working around me today! In Jesus the name of Jesus. Amen. – Ron Moore
5. To receive guidance by the Holy Spirit
Lord, I ask you to be able to move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I am aware that any sin is likely to cause grief and weaken the spirit of the Spirit and I pray against the temptation to commit sin. Help me to crave Your presence more than I want sin. Help me develop the fruit that comes from your Spirit and walk in closer with Yourself. 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 you for your abundant grace that is abounds. Thank you that we don’t have to earn a drop of the mighty stream of mercy that flows freely for us today. Thank you for the unplanned, unmerited favor you’ve showered on my life. Help me put myself in the direction of your grace and love. Help me not neglect 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 today. Show me the good things that I tend to overlook and help me be content with the things I have. Forgive me when I think I am comparing myself to others, forgive me for longing for things that aren’t yours and your kingdom. I thank you that You love me right where I am, right 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, remind me that I am a part of you and I want to act accordingly. Make sure my feet don’t slip and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy away from the most important things that you have designed 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 morning–so that every day would have the beauty of the love you have for me, the freedom of your Spirit, and the delight of being a part of your family. – 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 overwhelmed, devastated exhausted and frightened are the words that describe my current state. I’m not sure of how to let you carry my heavy load, so please let me know how. I’ll take it away. I’m going to rest and be rejuvenated 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 must be heard from you. Today I am making a commitment to start having an hour of silence each day. I will seek Your voice over all other voices that surround me. Lord, teach me to focus my attention on You, and help me to follow whatever You tell me. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Mary Southerland
11. Rely on God Today
Lord, we ask today for more of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, it is easy to get consumed with the fears which surround us We know That just like Your gaze is indeed on the sparrow, so also are You concerned for and watch over us.
Help us today to be more dependent on You. Help us gain a better understanding of the way You work in order that we come into a deeper understanding that all we see with our eyes is not all that is. Today we ask for eyes to be able to see Your hand in all matters and hearts that are open to Your will. Amen. – Callie Logan
12. Morning Prayer to Walk with God
Dear Lord I am in love with You. All that I’ve expressed 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. Thank You for Your forgiveness that allows me to see this new day as a chance to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Lysa TerKeurst
13. A Morning Prayer for God’s Guidance
Dear Lord, help me remember how much difference it makes when I make time for You an absolute priority in my morning. Invigorate me in the body and in my spirit every daily with an eagerness for a time of fellowship with You, and to listen to You speak affirmations, confidence, and wisdom to 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 with the truth, ignite my heart with compassion, inspire my will with courage, and enrich my life with service. Forgive me for what I’ve done and sanctify who I am, and establish the way I will be. Amen – Author Unknown
15.. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, I thank you for the many ways you’ve blessed my life especially through this job which helps me pay my bills and puts food on the table. Thank you for the fact that ALL work is important because the work you do is rewarding. Help me bring you glory by my actions, my words, through the good work I do to bring order to my tiny area of the globe. Help me see my job as a blessing and not a curse. Help me to have strength and grace for the toughest aspects of my job. 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. While I desire to cast my cares upon You, I I usually pick them back up and they cause additional stress and anxiety. Help me learn to place my burdens on You , as I learn what it means to rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Chrystal Evans Hurst
17. For Hope Today
Lord, help me to hear you say, “I am your hope” over all other voices. Lord, your word says that you are the only hope for hopeless so I’m running to you with both my hands spread out and grasping your hand. Give me hope and give me an actual 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 the things I have to you, I trust them to you, and ask that you since I am confident that you can accomplish more than I could ever think of, imagine or ask for in my wildest hopes (Eph 3:20). God You are my faith and I trust in you. Amen. – Wendy can Eyck
18. Courage for the Day Ahead
God, I want to believe that you’re with me and that I’m loved and respected by your love… But there are days when it’s not easy. Help me to communicate the truth of your Word to myself. Take it from my heart to my heart. Bring me peace and courage to live like an awe-inspiring warrior – for you’ve already won 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 helping me to be efficient and patient, focused and sharp. Keep me from distractions and from 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 and church activities, as well as rest in a way that would maximize your glory and allow me to produce the highest fruit to further your kingdom.
And as I work, fix my attention at Jesus and his job on the cross that gave me treasure I couldn’t earn, peace which I wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience, and a new faith that will inspire me to work for the glory of God. Amen. – Kevin Halloran
God Bless you all!