A morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God’s plan for the day ahead. Whether you need encouragement, peace, strength, or rest, God can meet you in a very real and present way when you come before Him with a humble heart. Seek God’s presence each morning before your energy and attention is pulled by all the tasks you have ahead.
Here are 10 helpful morning prayers to start your day:
1. “Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity… rather than a personal inconvenience. And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, ‘Great is your love toward me.’ You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That’s amazing. But what’s most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You like this. Amen.”
– Lysa Terkeurst
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8
3. “Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
– Wendy Blight
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
5. “Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. And give me courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
– Dr. Ray Pritchard
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
6. “Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
– Ron Moore
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
7. “Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
– Traci Miles
“If any of your lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
9. The prayer of Jabez: “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.'” 1 Chronicles 4:10
10. “I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;I had so much to accomplishThat I didn’t have time to pray.Problems just tumbled about me,And heavier came each task;’Why doesn’t God help me?’ I wondered.He answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’I wanted to see joy and beautyBut the day toiled on gray and bleakI wondered why God didn’t show meHe said, ‘But you didn’t seek’,I tried to come into God’s presence;I used all my keys in the lock.God gently and lovingly chided,’My child, you didn’t knock.’I woke up early this morning,And paused before entering the day;I had so much to accomplishThat I had to take time to pray.” -Author Unknown, The Difference
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There is hardly a better time to pray than in the morning. Starting the day off with morning prayer was always important to the early Christians and their prayers often invoked the presence of the Trinity – Father, Son and Spirit – to be with them through their often hard toil on the land. When you wake up, your mind and heart can feel really heavy, especially when you’re focusing on all the things you have to tackle and all the stress that comes with those tasks. A powerful morning prayer can center you and bring your focus to the place where it needs to be. Here are eight powerful morning prayers that you can use daily.
A Prayer for the Morning
Morning prayers can refresh and recharge your soul as you get ready to take on the day with help from the best place possible: Our Creator. We should treat morning prayers like prayer itself, as a time to get closer to God by expressing our love for Him, thanking Him for His blessings and offering Him everything good and bad in our day in doing His will. Begin your day with this prayer for the morning:
Dear Lord, You have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask You to renew my heart with Your strength and purpose. Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in Your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel Your presence in me. Take my hand, precious Lord for I cannot make it by myself. Amen.
A Prayer for Strength
God loves when you pray for strength. And He promises to answer you: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am Your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Pray with confidence. Pray for the strength that God supplies and keep your eyes open for His answers. They may not look like your expectations. But you can be assured that He is working to strengthen your understanding, faith and hope in Him. Begin your day with this prayer for strength:
Dear Lord, this morning, I pray that You give me strength today, to be strong for You in this world full of temptations. You know that there are struggles that I will go through today. I pray that You be with me as I go through them. Carry me when I am too weak. Amen.
A Prayer for Guidance
One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that God wants to guide us. He loves us and because He loves us, He wants what is best for us and is willing to show it to us. As your day progresses, it can be difficult to identify these blessings. Begin your day with this morning prayer for guidance:
Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my rock and my fortress. You are my shield and my strong tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as opportunity to point others to You. Amen.
A Prayer for Gratitude
We should be thankful because God is worthy of our thanksgiving. It is only right to credit Him for “every good and perfect gift” He gives (James 1:17). When we are thankful, our focus moves off selfish desires and off the pain of current circumstances. It also helps us to remember that God is ultimately in control. Beginning each morning with gratitude will provide you with a great foundation. Prayer is one of the intentional ways you can cultivate a grateful heart for yourself. Start your day off with this prayer for gratitude:
Dear God, I thank you for waking me up today. You have given me another sunrise to enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful sounds of nature and the cool breeze brushing through the trees making the birds sing beautiful melodies. I praise You, Father, for allowing me to live another beautiful day in Your Kingdom. Amen.
A Prayer for Family
Begin each day with a powerful morning prayer session with your family. Reciting these words and identifying our schedules early on, will provide a great deal of perspective for you and your family. Entrust each individual to God. Wherever they are in their relationship with God, pray that He draws them even closer. Think of morning prayer as exercise for each member’s spirit and soul. Working out these elements will help everyone plan for what is to come and better equip them with the tools to take on the new day. Start your day off with this prayer for family:
Dear God, thank you for the gift of family and friends. Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, for they deserve all goodness You have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me. Amen.
A Prayer for My Career
The best way to start your Friday morning is with prayer. Give the Lord thanks for everything. Wake up to some great Scriptures that you can meditate on, and prayer to set your mind on God.
Seek God’s plan for the day ahead, seek His Glorious presence. Pour your heart out to God and connect with the Lord to start your day off in the best way.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me. Heavenly Father, I thank You for the dawn of a new day! Thank You for Your blessings upon my life and my family.
I give You all the praise and honor, because this is the day You’ve made, and You are mighty and worthy indeed! All honor and glory belongs to You.
With You, I will do the impossible, I will not fail. My past is no longer important, because You, Oh Lord, are my future.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
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.
Bless this day, Oh Lord. Protect and guide me. Lead me in Your way of righteousness.
Even as the weekend approaches, prepare my mind and thoughts for work today. Comfort my mind and take away all worry. Because You are the great provider and You never fail me.
Psalm 86:2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait..
Psalm 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
I come to You with an open heart, oh Lord. Search me and remove anything that is not of You, that is not pleasing in Your sight.
Cover me with the blood of Your Blessed Son Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!
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Start your mornings with these simple prayers to brighten your day. Meditate, be thankful and show your love to God as you wake up and go through life.
As written in Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
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A Morning of Being Grateful
Dear Father God,
I thank you for waking me up today, another day of life. You have given me another sunrise to enjoy.
Thank you, Lord God, for the wonderful sounds of nature and the cool breeze brushing through the trees making the birds sing beautiful melodies. You are a great Father, Lord, always full of grace and mercy. I praise you, Father, for allowing me to live another beautiful day in Your Kingdom.
Thank you for the gift of family and friends. Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, Father, for they deserve all the goodness you have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me. I also thank you for always being the reason in my head when it comes to decision-making.
I pray to You, Your Son, Jesus Christ and all the angels in heaven. Amen.
This daylight, upon waking and getting ready for my day, I pray that you give me strength today, to be strong for You in this world full of temptations.
Lord, You know that there are struggles I will go through today. I pray that you be with me as I go through them. Carry me when I am too weak. If I stumble into temptation, forgive me Father. Lead me away from them, Father. I need Your strength to overcome these evils.
When I triumph against them, I praise you, Father. For without You, I will not be where I am and I will not have the strength I have. Bless my loved ones with the strength You have given me, Lord. You are worthy of all praises and the entire honor in the world. You are my strength and my protection.
Keep me and my family safe at all times, Lord, especially those who are in transit during this morning.
In Your Son Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Sunshine Prayer for the Ones Who Hold My Heart
I saw the sun shining so brightly this morning. It made me remember of my family and how blessed I am that you have given them to me.
Thank you for my father, for enduring every hard day to be able to provide for us and never complains. Even on his weak days, he remains strong and hard working. Today he went to work early this morning to provide us with a good life here on earth.
Thank you for my mother who loves us unconditionally just like Mary loved Jesus. She provided us with breakfast food on the table which were very delicious.
Thank you for the gift of siblings, Lord. Life would be so dull without them. They are my first best friends and my first companions during breakfast talks.
You have truly great plans for everyone and that includes having the best siblings in the world. I may not say it as often, but I love them dearly. Bless our family today as we go our separate ways. Keep them safe from harm and lead us not into temptation. There is nothing more that I shall want but their happiness. Brings us all back home safely to each other, In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Breakfast Prayer for a Long Day Ahead
I thank you this morning for giving me a job I love. You have provided me with a steady income and so much more. I pray that you watch over me today at work and no accidents will happen so that everyone can go back to their families safe and sound.
I thank you that my job has provided an income to support my family’s needs. You have given me everything I need and even more. Words are not enough on how grateful I am for the gifts you have showered upon me and my family. You have given me a roof above my head and even a car to take me to work.
I pray for safe travels today and tomorrow from work to home. I pray that you will use me as you see fit for Your Glory today and always. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Opportunities
I pray this morning that I will surrender my spirit completely to You. Use me as You please in anything that you want.
I pray that you give me opportunities to show people how much You mean to me, Your simple servant. Give me discretion to know what to say and how to say it, to honor You, Lord. Make me bold enough that I may proclaim salvation with cheerfulness and joy. Guide me, Lord, to be away from anxiety as I learn how I should defend myself. I pray that the seeds You have given me and planted will grow and mature to the strong trees they ought to be.
I am forever grateful for the cross Your Son Jesus died on for us. I pray that I can proclaim it in a contagious way today. Teach me, Lord, this morning to be brave to grab opportunities as they come my way. Amen.
Prayer for a Contented Morning
My dear Father,
I pray that I will stay focused on You today even after this morning. You are more than enough to sustain me. I pray that You will constantly remind me to be satisfied with everything I have and every circumstance I am in. I pray that You fill me up with joy even if I am tired.
Teach me to be brought low and how to flourish. Teach me to learn the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. You are the only One who can satisfy my thirst and hunger when you open Your Hands. You give power to the faint. My soul clings to you as your right hand upholds me. I know that through my contentment, dear Lord, You will be glorified.
I want to honor You in all that I do. I believe I can do everything when You are with me, Lord. I praise your Holy Name. Amen.
Just for this Day
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You this day. I thank You for my being able to be awake again, to see and hear the morning. I am blessed because You are a forgiving Father and an understanding one at that.
You have done marvellous things for me and my loved ones yet You still continue to bless me with so much more. Please forgive me every day for some things I may have done, said or thought. That may not have pleased You and I ask You now for your forgiveness.
Please keep me and my loved ones from all danger and harm. Help me start this day with a new, pleasant attitude with plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so I can hear Your loving voice. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things without judgement. Let me not whine or complain over things I have no control over. And when the world closes in on me, let me remember the example of Jesus, to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. Continue to use me to do Your Will.
A Good Morning Prayer for My Sister
This lovely morning,
I pray for you, my sister,
that you may know the confidence
to know that Jesus gave His life,
his love for you to show.
This lovely morning,
I pray for you, my first best friend,
each and every day,
that God will give you wisdom
as you go along your way.
This lovely morning,
I pray that God will comfort you,
give you strength and courage
as you pass through life’s valleys.
This lovely morning,
I pray for you, my love,
to show the lost you care.
Tell them of your Saviour’s love
so they become aware
of what He did to save us from our sins.
This lovely morning,
I pray for you, my sister,
and thank the Lord each day
for giving me a sister
as special as you all the way.
You are not only my sister
but also the best friend
This lovely morning,
I pray to all God’s angels
that they protect you
wherever you are right now
and be with you even at home. Amen.
A Quiet Time in the Morning
You have raised us from our bed and our sleep. Enlighten our hearts and minds, open our lips that we may praise You, Holy Father.
Jesus Christ, let the light of Your countenance come to us, your disciples that we may behold the unapproachable light. Guide us as we walk towards working by the commandments. Lord God, who loves mankind the most, I pray that You help me at all times and in all things. Deliver me from all things evil and lead me to Your eternal Kingdom.
For you are my Creator, Provider and Giver of everything good. I praise you, Father, who works in greatness and mysterious deeds for all of us. I thank you for not destroying us because of our sins. Grant to me, O Lord, that I have peace of mind as I begin with my day. I offer you all my hard work and perseverance as you have persevered for us.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sing and rejoice during mornings through these simple prayers, and God will give you strength, calmness and vigor as you start your day.
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:6