Intro: Heading off into our day with prayer
It happens to all of us. We are in a hurry, or distracted, running late and we forget to start off our day with prayer. Heading off into our day without a solid foundation of prayer is like skipping breakfast.
Soon, we are feeling weak and confused. It becomes difficult to cope with the spiritual trials of our day.
We make mistakes, get angry, and say things we wish we hadn’t. We offend our Lord by sinning.
Spiritual warfare prayers help strengthen us for whatever we will face in the day to come. They are like putting on armor to keep us strong and safe. Warfare prayers are preemptive strikes against the enemy of our souls.
By praying these spiritual warfare prayers before you start your day, you will prepare yourself for any difficulties or trials that will come.
You will be armored against the darts and barbs of the enemy and will be able to stand on the word and not fall.
Prayer is powerful and effective. The Bible says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).
These prayers will put you in the right frame of mind and prepare you for your day. Choose one and pray it in the morning before you even get out of bed, or as you enjoy your breakfast and you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Here are 5 powerful and uplifting prayers to kick-start your morning!
A Prayer of Protection and Covering
Lord, as I begin my day, I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Cover me with your protecting wings and keep me safe from harm and spiritual attacks.
Help me to speak only the words you would have me speak, do only the things you would have me do, and think only the thoughts you would have me think that I may please you.
Help me to be a reflection of you so others will seek you as well. In Jesus name, Amen!
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.
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A Prayer for Putting on Spiritual Armor
Father God, I ask you to help me put on the spiritual armor that will protect me from harm and help me stand before the enemy.
Help me to tie the belt of truth around my waist, and protect my heart with the breastplate of righteousness.
Let me place upon my feet the preparation of the gospel of peace, so that I can share the good news with others. And help me hold in my hands the shield of faith, that can put out the flaming darts of the wicked one.
Protect my mind from ungodly thoughts with the helmet of salvation. Arm me with the sword of the Spirit, which is the living word of God. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
A Prayer of Gratitude to Bring Joy
Thank you, Lord, for another day. Help me to have a spirit of gratitude for all that you do for me. Thank you for health, a home, food on my table and friends and family. Thank you for salvation, for freedom from sin.
I give you thanks and praise for sending your son to die on the cross so I could live in you and have eternal life. The joy of the Lord is my strength; help me to walk in that strength.
Help me to share the joy of the Lord with others around me so they will draw near to you. Amen!
A Prayer of Spiritual Identity
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for me. As a blood-bought child of God, I am a co-heir with Christ. My Father is the King and I am an adopted son/daughter of God.
As a child of God, I am strong, holy and redeemed. The enemy no longer has any rights to me, he cannot touch me.
The blood of Jesus has cleansed me from all my sin, and I am no longer living under condemnation.
Thank you for my identity in Christ, I am a sinner saved by grace. Amen.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
A Prayer for the Blessings of the Lord
Lord help me to obey your will and listen to your voice so that I can live in your blessing, for your word says that you will bless those who are obedient and listen to you.
Give me an obedient heart so that you may bless me wherever I go. As I obey you, bless my children, my home, my food and my finances.
Bless all that I put my hand to and bless the very land on which I walk. May all the peoples of the world learn that you bless those who seek you.
Help me to be a blessing to everyone around me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Conclusion: Starting Your Day Right with Prayer.
None of these prayers takes very long to pray, and they will help you start your day off right. By spending just a few minutes you will set a positive tone to your day and help yourself grow spiritually.
You will have the protection, strength and peace to face whatever the day will bring your way. You will shine spiritually and others will be drawn to the light of God in you.
The Lord wants to protect you and bless you, he loves you and thinks of you constantly and wants to give you peace and hope for the future, and by praying in this way you will give Him permission.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
May God bless you as you declare His goodness in the morning.
Shirley Knowlton-Krayden is a writer for http://faithisland.org/
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