Morning Prayers Designed for Daily Use
We’re all familiar with the concept of praying, but how we pray, when we pray, and why we pray can differ greatly from one person to the next. Some people will say a morning prayer; others will say an evening prayer. A Short Morning Prayer provides a number of different benefits, some of which go beyond the prayer itself.
In this article, we’re going to discuss the concept of the Short Morning Prayer. We’ll take a look at some of the benefits of praying, we’ll explore the different types of prayers (e.g. a morning devotional prayer) and we’ll give you some examples to work with.
Reasons for a Short Morning Prayer
You may be wondering why we need to discuss the reasons to pray, particularly in relation to saying a Daily prayer. The truth is that praying covers a number of different aspects of our lives, and many people are completely unaware of its benefits.
Of course, there are some obvious reasons to pray: you require help or guidance, you wish to thank God, you need to ask for forgiveness, or you wish to strengthen your spiritual connection with God and/or his angels. So what other reasons are there and why would these apply specifically to a Short Morning Prayer?
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Benefits of a Morning Prayer
Praying and meditation are very similar practices. When you remove the primary objective from each, you find that they provide the same benefits to the individual taking part in them.
Saying a Short Morning Prayer helps set you up for the day ahead: you know what you want to happen and you know what you don’t want to happen. Sometimes clarifying these two things can help reduce stress and calm nerves. Speaking of stress, praying helps you to collect your thoughts and focus on what is most important to you.
In a sense, saying a Daily morning prayer allows you to prioritize more effectively. You don’t pray for help getting the washing done or pray for the hot water to last long enough for you to finish washing the dishes.
No…you pray for what is important. You pray that your interview will go well, you pray for the safety of friends and family, and you pray that the world moves ever closer to peace. By arranging your day’s activities from most important to least, you’ll feel less stress when the hot water runs out or when the rain forces you to bring your drying clothes inside.
What Should I Pray For?
Of course, the next question you’re probably asking yourself is what to say within a prayer. It’s important to clarify that your prayer can be as long or as short as you want. If you are saying a Short Morning Prayer for something quite vague (e.g. a morning prayer for world peace) then you might find it’s rather short.
Alternatively, praying for specific aspects to change within the world or praying for a certain thing to happen/not to happen, can lead to much longer and detailed prayers. Don’t worry about the length, simply focus on making your prayer means to you and to God.
You then have to decide what type of morning prayer you’re going to choose. Are you going to say a prayer for today, something that is specific to that day and no other? Or are you going to say a more generic prayer of the day that you can use repeatedly, regardless of the specific goings-on in your life?
You have to understand that neither is wrong, however, good morning prayers tend to include a combination of both of these types of prayers. We’ll look at some specific examples of a Short Morning Prayer in a moment, but first, let’s look at what you may want to include.
Creating your Prayer
Creating your own Short Morning Prayer can sometimes feel like a challenging task. There’s really no reason that this should be the case. Provided you pray with your heart and your soul, then you really can’t go wrong. With that in mind, let’s consider some of the topics you may wish to cover.
The more common examples would include health and safety: for you, for your family, for your friends, and even for the world. You may also wish to pray for guidance from God for that day so that you don’t lose your way. This is particularly true if you’re facing a challenging day.
Of course, a Short Morning Prayer can be less personal and actually serve a larger purpose. You might pray for peace, either in a certain area or around the world. If there has been a natural disaster or an attack then you may choose to pray for the souls of those involved and pray for a peaceful solution to any violence.
Of course, a Daily prayer can focus the other way as well: you might choose for something specific to you such as a job interview, a medical test, an exam, or anything else that you’re facing that day. Let’s take a look at some examples.
A Prayer for Health
Saying a morning prayer for health is perhaps one of the most common types of prayer. We are all aware of the various health risks that day-to-day life can expose us to.
Driving can be risky, many of us have no idea what chemical is in our food, workplace accidents happen all the time, and unfortunately, violence is more common in some places than in others.
Saying a prayer for health could cover mental health, physical health, or even spiritual health. In this example, we’re going to cover all three so that you get an idea of how to pray for each:
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for all that you’ve done and I am forever grateful towards you.
My life is wonderful and yet I find myself holding onto fears each day.
I pray to you now in the hopes that you can provide me with comfort and protection.
I ask that you lead me through the day, to keep me from wandering.
I ask that you watch over my mind to keep my emotions in balance.
I ask that you guide me safely through today so that I may avoid coming to harm.
A Prayer for Peace
This is another example of a prayer that you can say every single day. You can modify it by adding specific examples but it has been left purposefully generic so that regardless of what is currently going on in the world, this prayer will still carry its meaning.
This is the sort of prayer you could say either in the morning or in the evening. However, it perhaps works best in the morning given that the day is still ahead of you.
Dear Lord, it is with a heavy heart that I reach out to you.
Mankind has taken your gift of life and squandered it.
The world has been plunged into chaos, violence, and cruelty.
I beg of you to please watch over those innocent souls who are surrounded by these horrors.
I ask that you guide them to safety and take their situations into consideration.
I pray to you now to help guide humanity towards a more peaceful future: one where we live in harmony.
A Morning Devotional Prayer
Of course, not all of your prayers are going to involve asking God for something. Taking time to thank God for all that he has done is an important aspect of praying. When you first wake up in the morning, you can thank God, you can explain past actions, or you can devote yourself to him.
In this example, we’re going to explore all three of these aspects again just to demonstrate how you can tie multiple areas together within one prayer. Of course, it can be easily altered to better suit your own life.
Dear God, I wish to thank you for all that you’ve given me in life.
I thank you for allowing me to have a second chance, both in this life and after.
I know that I once lived a life devoid of meaning. I was lost, scared, and alone.
Now I am on a journey, following a unique path, and I feel confident and surrounded by friends.
Nothing I do will ever be able to demonstrate how grateful I am for your mercy and kindness.
So allow these words to express my eternal gratitude.
Don’t be afraid to use these examples as they or but you’re also free to edit them to your liking. If it’s easier, simply use them as inspiration and dive straight into constructing your own Short morning prayer. You can decide what to include, you can decide if it’s specific to a certain day, and you can decide every other aspect about it as well.
Release any fears you have about saying something wrong or incorrect and instead, simply focus on speaking from the heart. You won’t be judged on the words but rather the meaning behind them.