UPDATE: (July 21, 2017) Because of the excellent response I’ve had on this post, I’ve decided to continue to write more prayers. Many of you are hungry to learn to pray. I recently launched a new eBook, Abiding Joy (30 Prayers from Joy Let Loose) that you can grab right here!
3 Morning Prayers and Why I Commit to Pray Them
Sometimes I need to be reminded to pray. As I start the morning, and move into all the day holds, it is easy to forget I’m not in it alone, that I don’t have to do it all by myself. So I wrote some morning prayers to help.
It’s also easy to underestimate the possibility of participating fully in life on this earth, and finding the joy within it all. Because prayer is a lifeline, a direct line to the Author of the universe, and the One who is intimately acquainted with our hearts. These encounters with God remind us Who God is, and who He’s forming each of us to be. And morning prayers help us to head into the day, remembering that there is always more happening than what we can see, and it is a trust-fall into the sure arms of a strong God.
It is important to learn to pray – it doesn’t exactly come naturally. That Jesus taught His disciples to pray is a good indicator that it might be a learned thing. His model of prayer in Matthew 6 is an awesome springboard to learn some important elements of connecting with God. Studying and praying the prayers of others (ancient or modern) and planning or writing out our own words can help us to learn to pray with depth and richness, rather than just stumbling over repetitive clichés. And the more we practice our prayers, infusing them with the truth of Scripture, the more easily we will pray meaningful, spontaneous prayers as life events occur. So we won’t feel lost for words, wondering what to say, but instead we will find joy in the communication.
I’ve written three morning prayers that I plan to use each day, as part of my Morning Joy Challenge. And there are several reasons I want to incorporate these into my life as I begin each day:
1) They are reminders of the three Persons of the Trinity, each with His own role in their union, and in my life. This will help me not to only focus my attention on one part of the Godhead, and will help to increase my perspective of God.
2) They will help to weave Scriptural themes into my prayers.
3) They will build my confidence in God’s active involvement in my day to day life because He has placed His Spirit within me.
So, on our journey toward joy, I invite you to join me by incorporating these morning prayers into your routine.
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