The morning prayer is one of the oldest traditions in religion. Although the Bible does not tell us where the practice of prayer began, I think I have an idea. Isaiah 8:17 says, “The LORD has hidden himself from His people, but I will trust Him and put my hope in Him.” When Adam and Eve fell, the whole creation fell. The scriptures say it well for it says, “All creation lost its purpose so that it could find it through Christ” (Romans 8:20). When sin entered the world, GOD was hidden from our eyes. We could not see Him; we could not smell him.
What do people do when they don’t see GOD? They worship Idols.
Romans 1:25 says that human beings exchanged the truth for a lie. Since God could not be seen, human beings channeled their spiritual desire to the worship of created beings. Here, we are talking about the worship of idols, e.g., carved objects, animals, the Sun, and the moon.
Yet, out of the many that gave in to idol worship, some stuck to their Faith. Noah, for instance, was a righteous man in a world full of wickedness. Noah lived in a time when human beings had lost themselves to their desires, including the worship of idols. I believe that it was people such as Abel, Noah, and Abraham, who promoted the habit of praying. It was an eyewitness spying on Abraham and asking himself/herself, “Who is he talking to?” It was Noah’s wicked generation, spying on Noah and asking themselves, “Who told him there would be a flood?”
It was the unseen GOD who told Noah to prepare for a flood. It was the unseen GOD who told Abraham to leave his father’s house. GOD told Abraham to leave his community that worshipped the moon.
When we pray we demonstrate Faith. Prayer is the most substantial act of Faith. Just like the people in the beginning (Abraham and Noah), we live in a world that questions the existence of GOD. Yet, when you close your eyes and pray to the Unseen GOD, you demonstrate the Faith that the men and women of long ago had. Indeed, praying in itself is an act of Faith.
Why Pray in the Morning?
- Morning prayer is like a tithe: One of the commands that God gave the Israelites is that they would bring their first fruits to the temple. The Israelites were also to offer a tenth of their wages. When you pray in the morning, it is like you are tithing your time. You are taking a minute to honor GOD with a prayer (1/24).
2. Protection: Today’s world is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Christ. When Jesus was on earth, he said, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT).
When I read this scripture, I recall the wilderness experience in the book of Exodus. When the angel of the LORD wanted to leave the Israelites, Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). When we pray in the morning, we ask GOD’s presence to go with us. Prayer assures us that we have his protection and strength in this time of sorrow.
3. Favor: There were cultures where children would go to their parents for blessings before leaving the house. Remember that God is Abba Father. Why would you want to leave your home without your Father’s blessing?
4. Strengthens our Faith. When you talk to someone every day,then it is hard for you to forget that person. What’s more, constant communication enhances the relationship. Psychologists say that one of the main reasons that relationships fail is because of a lack of communication. This fact also applies to your Christian faith. If you do not practice the discipline of praying regularly, you will likely develop a hardness of heart. The morning prayer will help keep your Faith alive.
5. As the Plants depend on the Sun for food, do I rely on you, O LORD. Jesus always talked about spiritual food. He said that his spiritual food was to fulfill the will of the one who sent him (John 4:34). There are types of food. Sometimes we have bacon, eggs, and toasted bread with milk. Other times we have scones and a glass of orange juice. I believe that prayer is also a type of Spiritual food. When we eat this food in the morning, we profess our Faith. When we do that, Our Father in heaven covers us with the grace we need to go through the day.
Indeed, morning prayer is a sign that we depend on GOD. Unlike those who have no use for GOD (Psalms 1:1), you understand that you need GOD to fulfill the plans you want.
6. We pray in the morning because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “My temple is a house of prayer.” (Matthew 21:13). Prayer, worship, and temple are interconnected. When we pray in the morning, we communicate that our bodies are GOD’s temple.
7. Jesus and Abraham prayed a lot. If there is one thing that Jesus used to do was pray a lot. The Bible says that Jesus would leave the crowd and the disciples to pray. The Bible calls Jesus the Pioneer and the perfecter of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2).
The Jewish culture recognizes three main prayer times. The Jews were to pray in the morning, in the afternoon, and midday. It was Abraham, the Father of Faith, who had the habit of praying in the morning. Therefore, just like Jesus and Abraham, when we pray in the morning, we emulate their Faith.
8. Talking to GOD in the morning proves that we are the disciples of GOD. Jesus said that it is in these things that the world will know that we are his disciples. Christians talk to GOD through prayer, just as Jesus often spoke to GOD through prayer.
9. Trust in the Love of GOD: When we identify GOD as a Father, we become more trusting of Him. Genesis sin separated us from GOD. It’s like human beings evolved into beings who are blind to GOD. It is like we are lost, following the path of life, not aware of where we are going.
Yet, through Christ, we are no longer going through life aimlessly. We live a life of purpose. When we talk to GOD in the morning, we show that we trust in Him to lead us to the life that He desires for us. For God has said, “I alone know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Life is not a bed of roses. Even King David lost his family once. The Bible in 1 Samuel 30 tells us of a time when David’s family was kidnapped. The Israelites were so angry with their king that they wanted to stone him. Instead of being mad at God, the Bible says that King David strengthened himself in the LORD (1 Samuel 30:6). David’s story is a sign of enduring Faith and complete trust. When we endure and trust in GOD, then GOD restores that which we lost. This is particularly important in this COVID-19 era. You need to pray every morning as a sign of complete trust in the LORD.
10. Faithfulness: When Jesus was dead, the women who followed him in his ministry went to the tomb to put spices on his body. When they reached the tomb, they found that the stone was rolled away. The body of Christ was not there (Matthew 28:1). The women were following the body of the LORD.
When we pray every morning, we follow the body of our LORD. Yes! Jesus is risen in the flesh and Spirit. Yet, to the eyes of those who doubt him, he appears dead. To the world, most people are not aware that Christ is at the right hand of GOD. So when we take up the practice of praying, we separate ourselves from those who think Christ is dead. We detach ourselves from those who feel that God is far from us. Just like these women, when you choose to go and, in a sense, look for Christ through prayer, you will realize he is not dead. Christ is risen.
Morning Prayers of the Day
I believe that we should pray every day. The bible supports this by saying, pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If you struggle with morning prayers, you can ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to pray every morning. Also, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray. For men don’t know how they ought to pray (Luke 18:1).
Praying in the morning is not a LAW. It is a sign that we love GOD so much that we talk to Him daily. This practice is not a routine. Instead, it is daily conversations with GOD.
Here are three-morning prayers to encourage you:
Morning Prayer 1:
LORD, I confess that I am a sinner. I acknowledge that on my own, I can do nothing. Even that act of kindness requires the guidance of your Spirit. So this morning, I ask for your protection and beg for your wisdom. I also ask you to bless the work of my hands. Keep me from evil that it may not grieve me. Keep me as the apple of your eye, and hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalms 17:8). In Jesus name, AMEN
Morning Prayer 2
LORD, I bless your holy name. In the land of the living, I give you praise. Thank you for watching me through the night. Just as you were with me in the night, be with me in the day. For your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalms 23:4). May your favor be upon me as I go through this day. And may your wisdom never leave me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Morning Prayer 3
God, be with me today, for I trust in you. Everything that I desire. Whatever makes me anxious. All that I need. I leave in your hands. My blessings LORD, I get from you. In the shadow of your wings, I come for protection and forgiveness. For you are my portion and my cup, my hiding place forever. In Jesus name, Amen
As I said, morning prayer is not a law. It is an act of love. These three prayers are just to encourage you to see the beauty of starting your morning in GOD.
Every one of us goes through personal battles. Therefore, I encourage you to look for that scripture that you like or inspires you. Incorporate that scripture in your morning prayer. You can do this each week using a different scripture. Not only will you feel strengthened and rejuvenated in Christ, but you will also feel more confident and assured as you go about your day.
GOD bless you.