If you’re like me, you’d rather just sleep in every morning – especially after losing an hour through Daylight Savings Time. But what if, upon awakening, we remembered that the day was not created for us and whatever we want to do. There’s Someone Else in the picture. And what is His idea of why He has given us one more day?
Here are four reasons starting every morning with prayer will get you out of bed and improve your whole day:
- Starting your day in prayer reminds you of your purpose.
The Westminster Confession says: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” You and I were created for relationship with the living God. That’s an amazing concept if you think about it. In fact, when I focus on that concept as soon as I wake up, it’s enough to get me out of bed in the first place as I realize that my Creator is waiting to enjoy the day with me. If it were the other way around, I’d probably wait until I felt like being with God. But He is always waiting for you and me. And who are we to let the God of the Universe wait?
When you go to Him in prayer, before you even get up, or as you’re getting up, or as soon as you get up, you are reminded that life is about the relationship with God, enjoying Him, serving Him, obeying Him, pleasing His heart. Psalm 16:11 says “In His presence is fullness of joy.” Be in His presence, through prayer, and experience the joy of being in His will, first thing in the morning.
2. Starting your day with prayer will increase your productivity.
I’m pretty sure the more time I spend praying in the morning the more I’ll get done throughout the day. To the contrary, when I tend to skip time with God in the morning, I feel like I’m chasing my tail and trying to catch up for the rest of the day. How is this so? Contrary to what you might think, investing in your relationship with God first thing in the morning will not hurt your productivity, your income, your business opportunities, or cause you to run behind all day. God is not the kind of God who will punish you or cause you to falter by prioritizing Him. To the contrary, God had a way of honoring our time and helping us be more productive in our day when we first honor Him. And by taking to Him first all that we have to do each day, we are also releasing it to His control, which removes from us the weight and burden of feeling we have to control all the day’s events. That release of stress helps me be more productive. It also helps me live less anxiously since I’m reminded I’m not in control of anything, after all.
God’s Word says “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). There is a tremendous amount of refreshment that comes from handing over to God – early in the day – all that concerns us and weighs us down. Then He fills us with His peace and the energy we need to be productive throughout the day.
3. Starting your day with prayer will decrease your anxiety.
God must have known we’d stress about things. Perhaps that’s why He told us in Philippians 4:6-7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT).
By starting your day in quiet reflection and prayer, you are opening the channels of communication with God throughout the day, which is a reminder that you are never alone. It’s also helping you focus on Him being in control, and not you. Starting your day with prayer also ushers peace into your morning and keeps chaos from crashing into your day. So trade your worries for peace when you start every morning with prayer and it will improve your whole day.
4. Starting your day with prayer helps you tune in to the Spirit’s voice all day.
As you open the channels of communication with God in the morning, through prayer, you will be placing yourself on the “receiving end” of what He wants to say to you throughout the day. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God” (KJV). Listening for God’s still, quiet voice throughout the day tunes your ears to what He wants to say and keeps you in a “quiet mode” throughout the day. This will protect you from running the pace that makes you feel you’re running on empty. If you can quiet your heart first thing in the morning, and keep that quiet heart throughout the day, then you will have found a way to carry your “sanctuary” with you throughout your work and activities and stay in a restful, quiet mode.
By starting every morning with prayer you will get out of the habit of running harried and move into a slower mode of walking enjoyably through your day so you don’t find yourself running on empty at the end of the day.
For more encouragement on praying – and growing – during the chaotic times in life, see Cindi’s books, When Women Long for Rest, When You’re Running on Empty, and When God Sees Your Tears.
Thank you for this wonderful advice. I’m going to apply tomorrow in the morning. I have to learn good habits.
You’re welcome. Thanks for reading and posting your comment. 🙂
This is a good reminder. I especially connected with number one. Reminding myself of my purpose, and that my purpose is being in relationship with Him, is so important.
Thanks, Janet, for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. Blessings on your day as you live in and for Him!
I have had this in my email box for 2 days, but didn’t open and read it until today. Several weeks ago I started praying with a prayer group online. When God wakes me up every morining I do talk with Him and thank Him for another day.
But after reading “4 Benefits to Starting Your Day in Prayer”, I know no it is not just a routine, but a life saving technique for my mind, body and soul.
Thank you for these words of encouragement, and keep doing what God has bless you to do.
Thank you, Patricia, for your reminder that prayer is a “life-saving technique” for our minds, bodies and souls. Blessings.
I have been praying every morning and evening in bed ever since I recently returned to being a Christian. The problem I had was I fell asleep before my long prayer was finished. I now make sure I am vertical instead of horizontal when I pray.
Hi Carol, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I read years ago (I think it was from Oswald Chambers) to not feel badly for falling asleep during prayer while in bed because falling asleep as you pray is the next best thing to falling asleep in His arms. Your last words were to Him and your mind was last fixed on Him when you fell off to sleep and that was a good way to enter your rest. But your idea to stay horizontal is a good practical way if you’re fighting the nodding off. 😉 Thanks.
Love this Cindi! I love how we can pray to God at any time. Starting my day by sharing conversation with Him brings me peace and comfort.
Thanks, Melissa! 🙂
Thank you so much Cindi for sharing such helpful and profound truths. I hadn’t come across any of your ministry for The Lord before and was excited to read this from the email received today.
This has been such a great reminder of how vital it is to our whole being and living to start each day with God, seeking His presence and being thankful to Him in all things, that He is with us in all things whether or not we think we see or feel it. Thank you! Hope you find God’s blessings in all you do for Him.
Thank you, Christine, for taking the time to read my blog and leave an encouraging comment. Blessings to you, my new friend.
The information was so inspiring.
Thank you, Sylvia, for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂
Good day Cindi just reading a lot about your blog it is real encouragement for me of what I am going through and yes starting my day off with God is truly a blessing for me just been in His presence and thanking him for everything just praying to God everyday brings peace to my heart ❤️
I have been trying to print this article and when I click on Read more it won’t let me print the article. Is it blocked or something? Please let know.
My blog is formatted in Word Press which apparently doesn’t have a “print” function. That’s likely because blogs are meant to remain on one’s site or be shared through a link so someone else can click on it and go to the site to read it, as well. If it were printable, it wouldn’t contain copyright info on it like my actual articles that are posted on various sites online. If you want to share it with someone I believe there are “share” buttons but the print function prevents it from being printed out, unattributed and then distributed, etc. without my byline. I would suggest trying to copy and paste by highlighting the wording in the blog with your cursor and then clicking control “c” to copy; then go to a “new document” in Word and click control “v” to paste the words into a file. If you do this, I would kindly request you add this to the bottom to protect my material and be in keeping with copyright law: copyright 2022 by Cindi McMenamin, http://www.StrengthForTheSoul.com. I hope that helps. 🙂
I found it interesting when you mentioned how starting your day with prayer can help remind you of your purpose and why you get up each day. I haven’t been quite faithful these past few years, but I was thinking of renewing my faith after checking out Christian bloggers. I’ll continue to watch their content as I add praying to my routine more regularly now.
Thank you for taking the time to let me know you were inspired to start making prayer a part of your daily routine. God longs for you to communicate with Him, and share with Him all that’s on your heart and mind. He knows it all, anyway (Psalm 139:1-4), but He desires relationship with you. I will be praying that as you begin to share your heart with Him (and thus, renew your faith), you will sense His presence and the accompanying hope and joy that follows. Psalm 16:11 tells us: “In His presence is fulness of joy” and Psalm 62:8 tells us “Trust in Him at all times…pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us.” Blessings to you, Anna.