There is no better way for us to begin our day than in heart communion with our heavenly Father. How pleased God must be if our first waking thoughts turn to Him with a desire to praise and thank Him for another day of life. A few quiet moments to reflect on His unfailing goodness, mercy, and compassion can awaken our hearts to seek His blessing on our day. Lamentations 3:22-23 assures us that “the LORD’S lovingkindness never ceases, and His compassion never fails. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.” Our words of thankfulness will ascend to Heaven and be a blessing to God!
The key to a successful prayer life is based on ones relationship with God. A believer who has dedicated his or her life to God and has a standing through the blood of Christ has been accepted as a son or daughter of God. Anyone meeting these conditions is guaranteed that their prayers will be heard in heaven. Even these, however, must understand that there are proper and improper prayers. The apostle James said, “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” (James 4:3) Following are some simple suggestions of what we can properly include in our morning prayers.
God has promised that our bread and water shall be sure, in the sense that he will not forget us and our physical needs. We can express gratitude for ALL his provisions for the day, which, for most of us, far exceed bread and water!
How appropriate to express confidence in His promise to guide and protect us throughout the day, remembering that “ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Does a specific experience or challenge await you at work? It would be appropriate to pray for wisdom and strength to deal with the issue in a Christ-like manner. Most workplaces offer the potential for much Christian character growth if we are rightly exercised by the experiences we have there. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
We can pray for opportunities to let our light shine, that others may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
We can pray for more of God’s holy spirit so that we may know His will for us in any given situation. Jesus said that God is pleased to grant His spirit to those who are His dedicated followers. (Luke 11:13)
We can pray for our family, friends, and those in our fellowship with specific needs, that God would bless and overrule their experiences as He sees best. (James 5:16; Matthew 5:44)
We can pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth, as it is done in Heaven, when all of mankind will be blessed with peace, health, and everlasting life. (Matthew 6:10)
Lastly, but most importantly, we can thank Him for the sacrifice of our dear Redeemer, who makes all things possible.
Whatever we choose to pray about, our prayers will ascend to Heaven as a sweet fragrance to God, if whispered by a thankful, humble heart, seeking to know and do His will. “…and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” Revelation 5:8, NIV