What a wonderful habit to get into! Starting every morning with the Lord! The first hour of your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Taking time in that first hour to spend in prayer and worship, and studying the Word of God gets you to a place of peace and inner joy. It sets you up to really appreciate the blessings of the Lord throughout the day.
Even Jesus rose early to spend time with the Father. Mark 1:35 NLT – Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting has Jeremiah 29:11 on his website. It’s a daily reminder to him that the Lord has great plans for him despite whatever may be his present situation.
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have in mind for you, DECLARES THE LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you A FUTURE FILLED WITH HOPE.
The Lord does have great plans for your life. But you need to take the time to listen to him and allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Brandon Gaille of the Blog Millionaire in his article 21 Personal Development Strategies that Produce Success writes about how he devotes time every morning and evening to prayer.
“I start everyday and end everyday with a prayer. I take five minutes during my prayers to visualize what I am grateful for. As I pray for my wife, my son Grayson, and my son Branson, I visualize the moments of the past day that I am grateful for. This includes the hugs, the laughs, high fives, and the “I love yous.” By the time I am done with my prayer, I am smiling ear to ear and am filled with pure happiness.”
Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 92:2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.
Oh Heavenly Father, as I start this day, I dedicate it all to you. Take me and guide me, Lord. Lord, I am forever grateful for your abundant blessings on my life.
Thank you for the prayers answered and directions given throughout my trials. Lord, I know that even though weeping may last through the night, your joy comes with the morning.
Thank you for your powerful Word. Protect me and my family throughout this day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
Now Over to You
What is your morning routine like? Have you been able to incorporate daily prayer and worship into your morning? How has it helped your day? Join in the conversation! We would certainly love to hear from you!