10 Morning Prayers to Center Yourself in God’s Love

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From the moment we wake up in the morning, a myriad of things can fill our minds and hearts, fighting for our attention. And many times, we find ourselves still burdened down with the same problems and worries from yesterday — spirits heavy, thoughts swirling before our feet even touch the ground. There’s so much in this life we can feel anxious about, even when we know God’s truth and believe that He’s in control.

We have a choice to make in those first minutes of each day, to focus our thoughts on God and find our strength in Him. He promises to love and care for us; He’s faithful to bring good in whatever we journey through in this life. He reminds us to simply call out to Him for help. And as sure as the sun comes up every morning, we can be confident that God's mercy and grace always surround us. He is always close.

10 Morning Prayers to Center Yourself in God’s Love and Care:

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    A Morning Prayer for God’s Presence


    Dear God,

    Thank you for another day and thank you for your Presence with me. I know you have great purpose in this very day, and I’m so grateful that your plans are good. I give you praise for your compassion and love. I thank you that your mercies are new every morning and your faithfulness is greater than I could ever imagine.

    In Jesus’ Name, 

    Amen.

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon “me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

    A Morning Prayer of Praise

    Dear God, 

    Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! 

    In Jesus' Name, 

    Amen.

    “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

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    A Morning Prayer of Confession and Healing


    Dear God,

    We confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace. We need hope restored. We need to be reminded that you work on behalf of those you love, constantly, powerfully, completely. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own, for running all different directions to find help, when true healing must be found first in You. We bring you the places we’re hurting. You see where no one else can fully see or understand. You know the pain we’ve carried, the burdens and the cares. We ask for your healing and grace to cover every broken place.

    Thank you that you’re able to do far more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your mighty power that acts on behalf of your children. We believe in you to restore and redeem every place of difficulty, every battle, for your greater glory. Thank you that you will never waste our pain and suffering. We release to you each need and problem we’ve carried or tried hard to control. We’re so grateful for your goodness to see us through.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)

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    A Morning Prayer of Gratitude


    Dear God,

    Thank you that your mercies are new every morning and your faithfulness is great. We praise you for your amazing power, your great love and work in our lives. Thank you for your goodness and your blessings over us. We’re so grateful that only in you can we find hope for even the toughest of times. Thank you for you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh today. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy.

    In Jesus’ Name, 

    Amen.

    “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

    A Morning Prayer for Drawing Close to God

    Dear God,

    We praise you today with our hearts and songs, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your great power and love. We confess our need for you; our lives don't go so well when we just spin around on our own. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. Yet you never leave us. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for your care over us, thank you that you breathe renewal right into our souls. We ask for your spirit to fill us, to draw us close to yourself, and to work your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on you.

    In Jesus' Name,

    Amen.

    “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 lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies Oh lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:8-10)

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    A Morning Prayer for Drawing Close to God


    Dear God,

    We praise you today with our hearts and songs, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your great power and love. We confess our need for you; our lives don't go so well when we just spin around on our own. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. Yet you never leave us. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for your care over us, thank you that you breathe renewal right into our souls. We ask for your spirit to fill us, to draw us close to yourself, and to work your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on you.

    In Jesus' Name,

    Amen.

    “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 lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies Oh lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:8-10)

    A Morning Prayer for Reassurance

    Dear God, 

    Thank you that your ways are far greater than our ways and your thoughts far deeper than our thoughts. Thank you that you had a plan to redeem and that in you, all things are made new. Thank you that your face is towards the righteous, you are close to the brokenhearted, you hear our cries, and know our hearts. Thank you for your daily, powerful presence in our lives, that we can be assured, no matter what we’re facing, your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and we are safe in your care.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

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    A Morning Prayer for Relief from Burdens 


    Dear God, 

    I know that you are all-powerful. You are Sovereign, and nothing is too difficult for you. Yet today, I still struggle with worry and fear, still carrying the same burdens leftover from yesterday. It’s hard to shake it off even though I’m desperate to leave it fully in your hands. Please lift all the things that are weighing me down, right off my shoulders and heavy heart, and give me the peace that only you can provide. I believe that you care about whatever concerns me, and your ears are open to my prayers. I know that you understand my struggles, and you see me right where I am, even on the days I feel that no one notices. Guard my heart and mind in you today as I meditate on your words and truth.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

    A Morning Prayer for Seeking God

    Dear God,

    I pray you’d give me a heart to seek you above all else. Right now, would you please enlighten the eyes of my heart that I might see you and understand your Word. Help me to notice how you’re powerfully at work within me, help me to hear your voice above all the other chatter of this world. Give me wisdom from your truths, fill me with a desire to faithfully follow after you, more than any other thing. Thank you that you are far greater than whatever I may face in the day. Thank you that your presence goes with me, and your joy is never dependent on circumstances, but it’s my true and lasting strength. I ask for your peace to lead me and your goodness to cover my life. Let your Spirit and power breathe in me and through me again, fresh and new.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” (Ephesians 1:18)

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    A Morning Prayer for Protection


    Dear God,

    We ask you to lovingly keep our footsteps firm on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you. We pray for your protection over our lives and our families. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us far from the evil work of the enemy, that you would be a shield around us and we would find refuge in you. We pray for discernment and insight to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    “God is within her, she will not fail. God will help her at break of day.” (Psalm 46:5)

    A Prayer for Walking in the Light

    Dear God,

    Shine your light in us, through us, and over us. May we make a difference in this world for your glory, so your purposes would prevail. Set your way before us. May all your plans succeed. May we reflect your light and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

    We love you and we need you Lord, today and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for you alone are worthy, and we are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ!

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

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    Debbie's HeadshotDebbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog debbiemcdaniel.com.