My Morning Routine and Prayer
My morning routine starts with praying.
When I get out of bed, I start with thanking God for the day ahead. I pray for individual family members and friends every morning. I may add in friends or family at times when I know of specific needs, but my closest friends and family get prayed over daily.
After my prayer time, I read scripture. Sometimes I pick a specific book and read through it. Sometimes I start over with the New Testament and read through that. After reading, I usually write in my journal. My journal writing varies from goals and dreams to my current thoughts or daily happenings. Generally, this morning time is done with the glow of the living room lamp and a cup of coffee. I recently gave up coffee again though. So, now it’s either hot tea or peppermint water, something warm and soothing. I love my morning routine. It’s a nice calm start to my day.
I used to see prayer as a bedtime routine and something that was done at church. It was a habit to just say my prayers before bed or pray when the pastor said to bow our heads.
A few years ago, one of my uncles and I were talking about something, and I said, “All I can do is pray.” He told me not to say it like that. He said that prayer isn’t just all we can do; it’s what we can do. That stuck with me.
Prayer isn’t meant to be some last resort. It’s part of our relationship with God. It’s spending time with him. Although my uncle’s words had an impact on me, it took going through the most difficult year of my life for me to really understand that. During that year, I was no longer just praying each time something went wrong. I was thanking God more often for the things that were good and things yet to come. And although it looked like I couldn’t do anything to fix the situation, I learned the importance of shifting from “God fix this” to “God fix me.”
Lord, give me the strength. Give me the grace. Give me the words to say. Give me peace while this storm rages on.
That year changed the way I pray. And yes, prayer is part of my morning routine, but it’s not just a part of my routine. It’s important to me. I also pray at various times throughout the day. It may be while I’m cleaning house, taking a shower, or on my way to the grocery store.
When I pray for myself, I confess my current shortcomings and ask for forgiveness and help in those areas before asking for other things.
Spending more time praying has given me more hope and peace.
Do you have an established peaceful morning routine and/or prayer time?
If not, I encourage you to work on one. If your house is chaos with kiddos in the mornings, maybe try praying while you get breakfasts and lunches ready, while you take a shower, or on your way to work.
Pray continually. (1 Thes. 5:17)
Make time to pray and have a better day.