“In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” – Psalms 5:3
The prayer I am sharing today comes from several sources, ideas, patterns, and times that have greatly influenced the way I pray. These influences have shaped the way I pray as a disciple of Christ. Through the years these influences have helped deepened my prayer life and gave it more focus.
What have been some of those influences?
These sources and others have been an influence on my prayer life over the years of my spiritual journey with the Lord. They have taught me the purpose and place of prayer as well as the when, where, and how to pray.
As I reflect on some the sources above, I find that I am preaching to myself in certain areas of my prayer life that are waning currently. So I am writing to myself, as much as to others, to spur myself on to continue in the discipline of prayer and strengthen areas I have neglected.
This is why I have scripted out a prayer. The prayer below has been in the works over the years. I wrote it simply to keep my heart and mind focused. It is more of a fleshed-out outline that guides me during my conversation time with the Father. There is no special blessing that comes from repeating this prayer. It is simply the outline for discipline and focus when I converse with my Savior.
I pray that this prayer and the sources above will guide and encourage you as you seek personal time with our Master and Savior each day.
Blessings to all the saints of God in Christ.
My Father, Whose throne and kingdom is in heaven. How glorious and holy are You.
How brilliant is your presence that even the brightest and hottest star in the universe is but dark compare to You. You are perfectly pure in your holiness. Like pure gold that is transparent.
Your Word is perfect as it restores the soul and makes the simple wise. Your teachings are right and Your commandments are pure and open my eyes to see the truth that sets me free.
I fear You because Your judgments are true and righteous. Yet I desire You because truth is more desirable than honey and gold. Though I am warned concerning Your laws, I rejoice in keeping them because there is a great reward in obedience.
Therefore Father, let Your kingdom come. Let it rule not only in my heart but also in my life. Let Your will also be done here on earth, and in my life just as it is in heaven among Your saints and angels.
Father, thank You for awakening me this morning and giving me breath to see the sun and all that You have created. I am thankful for the earth you created and acknowledge that it and all that is in it belongs to You. Forgive me Lord if at times I forget to proclaim my thanks and complain. When I am reminded, I am truly grateful and thankful for the life You have given me.
Lord, the events of the day are unknown to me. I plan, but You direct my steps. Give me the strength and courage I need to accomplish all that You bring to me. Knowing that You will never give more than I can handle. Though my heart and flesh may fail, You O Lord are the strength of my heart and portion forever.
Help me to rejoice in all things and to know in Christ I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Therefore Lord, I commit this day to you, no matter what happens. I know You have me in the palm of your hand. Though some may trust in chariots and horses, I will put my trust in You and the strength of Your mighty arm. Help me Lord to be steadfast in You by putting all Your armor on so that I may be able through You protect myself from the devil and his fiery darts, and to remember to pray for all without ceasing.
Father, I am so dependent upon You, not only for spiritual life but also for the physical. Give to me today the provisions I need to survive. I thank You for the work You give to me and how it sustains this temporal body by the daily provision of food.
Lord, each day is full of temptations. Opportunities for me to sin against You. Lord, please forgive me of my sins. Just as opportunities to sin against You come, so will people who sin against me. Lord, just as You forgive me, Lord I forgive them, for how could I expect You to forgive me if I do not forgive them.
Father, speaking of temptation, lead me not into it, but deliver me from the evil one. As I walk through this day, help me Lord to walk not by sight, but by the Spirit. Not in flesh, but in the Spirit. Guide my path. Let Your Word be to me as a light to guide my way and to keep me from sin. Guard my thoughts, words, and actions. Be with me throughout the day and help me to navigate, reflect, and live out my life as a living and pleasing sacrifice. Not conforming to this world, but being transformed by You so that I may Know Your good and pleasing will. That whatever I do in word and deed, I glorify You.
Lord, use me as You see fit to bless others and to be a shining light. I am grateful that You have chosen me. You have called me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light so I may proclaim to others the excellencies of Your goodness found in the gospel. Rather than seeking my own will, let Yours be done through me today as I align my will with Yours. Thank You Lord for all that You do for and through me.
Lord, it is so tempting to focus only on my wants and needs. Help me to bless those around me. Help my children and their families, my friends, our leaders, and our churches. Please protect and heal those in my concentric circles. I thank You for everyone of these wonderful people I have in my life. I ask You to guide their paths and bring them closer to You.
I also pray Father that You would grant to my brothers and sisters in Christ, according to Your riches of Your glory, that they be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in their soul, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith, being rooted and grounded in love, they may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that they may be filled up to all Your fullness.
Go with me now Lord, for You are able to do far more abundantly beyond all that I ask for in this prayer, according to the power that works within us.
To You belongs the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
It is my prayer that you will look to God’s Word and Christ as our greatest influence in prayer. It is also my prayer that the Spirit of God will spur you on to pray without ceasing for all the saints, for all occasions, with all kinds of prayers as you sojourn in this life until Christ calls us home.
Blessings to all!
Grace and Peace,
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