5 Encouraging Devotional Prayers to Start Your Day

5 Encouraging Devotional Prayers to Start Your Day

Putting Jesus first in your daily routine can be extremely hard. One of the biggest ways that you can make it a point to prioritize your faith even with a busy schedule is starting your day with a devotional prayer.

The concept of a daily devotion is probably familiar to you, but very rarely do we hear the term "devotional prayer." A devotional prayer is the same concept as starting your day with a short passage of scripture or teaching, except its centered around a specific prayer. Scripture is clear about the importance of spending time alone with Jesus.

Matthew 6:6 says:

"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

By starting your day, or making it a point in your day to spend time in prayer with Jesus, you are being intentional in making our faith a priority in your life.

Here are 5 devotional prayers to help jumpstart your day:

1. Prayer for Wisdom

"If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you freely." James 1:5

Godly wisdom for the decision making, hardship, and events of life is crucial. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom for your day so that you can conduct yourself and your decisions in a way that is pleasing to Him.

"Dear Jesus, thank you for being the Wonderful Counselor. 

Thank you for your Word and Jesus Christ who is the power and

wisdom of God according to 1 Corinthians 1:24. 

I want to ask specifically for wisdom today, so that I can make sound decisions.

May Your wisdom live in my heart so people around me can see You in every move I make. 

Amen."

2. Prayer for Peace
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7 
Knowing and drawing near to the peace that only God can give is so important if life gets overwhelming or stressful. On days when you need it most, or just every day in general, pray and ask God to cover you with His sovereign peace. 

"Dear Jesus, life is hectic right now.

I know that You provide peace in times of chaos, and clarity in times of confusion.

You spoke calm to the storm and the winds ceased (Mark 4:35-41)

I come to you today to ask specifically for the supernatural calmness

that only you can provide. Please quiet my soul and mind

and help me fix my eyes on You and Your Word.

Amen."

3. Prayer for Strength
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you everywhere that you go."
Joshua 1:9

There are often times where sin and worldly desires may try and get the best of your heart and mind. Scripture tells you many times that you can find strength in your Heavenly Father. Pray for God to give you strength and courage to make it through your day. 

"Dear Jesus, thank you for being sovereign.

I need Your strength.

I know that apart from You, I can do nothing, but with You,

I can do all things through You. 

Give me the strength and courage to make it through today

so that I can serve You and be Your light in this dark world. 

Amen."

 

4. Prayer for the Future
"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 a hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11
The thought of the future can be a scary one. Often times, it can be accompanied with a fear of the unknown or uncertainty. In seasons where what's to come is triumphing over the joy of your present circumstance; cling to Jesus and ask Him to give you clarity and confidence so that you won't be worried by the future. 

"Dear Jesus, thank you for creating me.

Thank you for having a plan for me before I was even conceived. 

Your plans give me a hope and a future. 

I know that You are in control, and I release my need for clarity

and replace that with trust.

Will you help me trust You and remain confident in You?

In Jesus' name, Amen. "

5. Prayer for Joy
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
James 1:2-3
 

In the midst of life's many trials, circumstances, events, and unknowns, joy can be hard to obtain and sustain. In James 1, you are reminded that even though trials will come, you can have joy because of the ability to persevere in Christ Jesus. When the enemy is trying to steal your joy, pray and ask God that He will reveal Himself to you and help you find joy amidst whatever you are faced with. 

"Dear Jesus,

Today I feel that the things of this world are overshadowing my faith in You. 

I know that in You I can always have joy. I know that despite trials and

tribulations, I can remain confident because of you. 

God of Hope, I ask that you fill you me with all joy and peace

as I trust in you according to Romans 15:13. 

Thank you for sending your Son. 

Amen. "

We hope that after reading this blog post, you feel encouraged or enlightened to start your day with a devotional prayer. If you are in a season of life where one of these prayers don't seem to fit best, we encourage you to seek out scripture that speaks to your circumstance so you can meditate on it. 

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