Why is it so important to pray in the mornings?
I have experienced live with and without praying daily. I can tell you there is a tremendous difference between the two!
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. ~ Psalms 5:3
Right in the Bible, we are directed to start our day looking to God and praying to God.
Seriously though, for anyone actively on their spiritual journey, morning communion with our Father-Mother Love is critical.
You see, all day long, the material world around us throws lies our way. Lies about who we are, how we should feel or think or act. Lies about our fellow mankind. Lies about anything and everything.
What do I mean by lies? Well, over 2000 years ago, Christ Jesus taught us that our true nature is spiritual. He taught us that this material existence isn’t our true identity. He spent his ministry healing the sick and sinning. Anything about us that isn’t beautiful and spiritual is a lie – is not our true identity.
I just love this quote from John about the vast amount of healing Jesus did.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. ~John 21:25
Wouldn’t you love to be able to read books and books about the incredible things Jesus did while on Earth? The Bible gives us just a tiny glimpse into his life and works.
One thing written about Jesus was that he gave us a specific prayer to pray:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. ~ Matt. 6: 9-13
If we start our day in prayer and include the “Lord’s Prayer” above, we are starting our day from a spiritual basis. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are declaring God is “our Father” – not just my father, or your father, but God created everyone. Right there we are acknowledging that each and every one of us has the same heavenly Father. Won’t that help aleviate false lies of race, gender, etc?
With this prayer, we begin by knowing something about God. We are declaring God is the God of all, the Father of all. That paints a very big picture of God. It helps expand our understanding of him.
The prayer goes on to cover supply, forgiveness, temptation, evil. Then it ends by declaring God is all powerful, eternal.
This prayer is powerful enough to heal. It’s the one and only prayer Jesus gave us. He’s directing us to know more about God and to know more about our fellow man as God’s child. He’s instructing us to pray for “our” “our” “us” “us”. The prayer isn’t simply about me or about anyone as an individual, but about God’s children as a whole.
The way Jesus taught to pray is a collective prayer for all of Gods children – everyone (even people we think are horrible!)
When we skip prayer time in the morning and just jump into our day, several things happen.
- We are not able to see things and people around us from a more spiritual standpoint.
- We end up reacting to people and situations instead of being mentally and spiritually prepared to respond with love.
- We end up believing what the world tells us instead of seeing things from a spiritual point of view.
- We more easily fall prey to sickness and sin.
- We aren’t spiritually prepared to help others.
There are countless things that can go wrong in your day if you choose not to begin your day with prayer. Of course, things still go wrong when you do pray in the morning, but you will be more inclined to handle them beautifully and from a place of love than reacting badly.
I spent years not praying in the morning. Not because I didn’t want to, but just because I didn’t think about it.
Now, I refuse to not pray every day. It’s not worth it to skip my prayer time. It’s not fair to those around me!
I feel like a different, better, more spiritually grounded person after I pray in the mornings. I feel protected and ready to make a difference to those around me.