Does your prayer life seem more like a hot mess than the impactful prayer life you yearn for it to be?
Starting your day off by praying in the morning is a great way to focus your day and give God the reigns instead of being flustered by your to do list.
But, how do you pray with confidence when you simply don’t know what to say? You feel like you pray the same morning prayer to God over and over again and prayer is just flat out boring! I am going to let you in on a little secret, you are not alone. Lots of folks share your struggle.
At some point in our lives, we all struggle with prayer. In this article, we will explore 8 Morning Prayers to start your day that you can incorporate in your daily routine to help you pray when you don’t know what to say. I would also encourage you to sign up for these beautiful prayer promises that can really help you with cultivating a powerful prayer life.
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Why Do We Pray Early Morning?
Starting our day off in prayer gives us the ability to commune with God, before the distractions of the day comes our way. It refuels us and provides encouragement to navigate what may lie ahead. As followers of Christ, we endeavor to be like him.
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35 KJV
Praying in the Morning: 8 Powerful Verses To Pray
Instead of telling yourself that you can’t pray, consider praying scripture when you are lost for words. Consider incorporating the scriptures below into your daily routine and even memorizing a few to help you pray with confidence. The following verses are all taken from the King James Version and can be used when praying in the morning.
1. When you need a reminder that you are not along pray Psalms 23
Psalm 93 is an excellent morning prayer to God to start your day. Its a lovely reminder that God is with you guiding your path. If you are looking for a prayer for the morning, start here!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
2. When you need to feel God’s protection, pray Psalms 91
The world is filled with a lot of fear and anxiety. I like Psalms 91 as it reminds me that I am not alone, God’s presence is there with me guiding me through whatever situation I might be facing. A lovely morning prayer to start the day.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
“Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
3. When you are weak and in need of God’s strength pray Psalms 121
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
4. When you are in trouble and in need of God’s help, pray Psalms 3:1-7
“Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.”
5. When you are struggling with sin, pray Psalms 51:1-2
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
6. When you are brokenhearted, pray Psalms 34:17-18
“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
7.When you are feeling heavy-burdened, pray Matthew 11:29
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
8. When you want to praise God for all that he has done for you, pray Psalms 63
Psalms 63 is a lovely morning prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.”
Praying In The Morning, Books to Help!
Praying Woman: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say
The title of this book expresses the sentiments that so many of us Christian women face, “How do you pray when you don’t know what to say?” Through her own struggles with prayer, Sheila writes from an approachable and relatable standpoint, sharing her own struggles and realizations about prayer with her readers. Whether you feel intimidated by prayer, or just simply feel like you are praying and it’s falling on deaf ears, Sheila will change your perspective on the concept of prayer. Through her book, the author reminds us that we don’t need to get the words just right, instead we should just start talking, God is listening.
There weren’t any earth shattering secrets on how to pray when you don’t know what to say. However, the author did share several helpful tips on how to pray such as praying scripture particularly the Psalms which you can learn about in her book Praying Woman. A helpful tip for those that find their prayers repetitive or struggle with what to say.
For me, this book wasn’t big on strategies but was super helpful in breaking down the mindset shift that often hold us back from praying and ultimately praying with confidence.The biggest myth of them all, “I can’t pray”. Instead of looking for perfect words, the author reminds us to come to God just as we are, God isn’t looking for perfect people. The enemy will do whatever he can to hinder us and hold us back from praying.
There were quite a few quotes from the book that really hit home for me. I will share them with you below, and I hope you will truly reflect on them with your prayer life in mind.
“In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without heart. ” John Bunyon
“Is prayer your spare tire or your steering wheel? Is it the thing that guides you through every moment in life or something you turn to in an emergency?”
“When you have a relationship with Jesus, prayer isn’t something you do; its who you are.”
If limiting beliefs are holding you back from Praying with confidence, this book is for you. This book will challenge you to think about prayer in a whole new way and show you how to become the strong woman of prayer I know that you can be.
Bookmark this post for a reminder of prayers you can use when praying in the morning. If you are looking for additional prayer books to boost your prayer life, check-out these top 10 books on prayer and fasting. What are some of your favorite morning scriptures of thanksgiving or prayer for guidance and wisdom?
Praying In The Morning: 8 Powerful Scriptures To Start Your Day
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