Start Your Day with Prayer

I stumbled upon this quote a little while ago and it really spoke to me so I had to put some words down about it.  This is attributed to Martin Luther, if it was actually said by him, I don’t know…..but the quote has a lot of truth to it that it’s worthwhile looking at it.

Tomorrow I plan to work, work, from early until late. In fact I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.
—Martin Luther

I struggle at times keeping a consistent prayer life, but that mostly stems from me just being too lazy some days.   This quote from Luther shows how important it is to him.  Even though his day was filled from start to finish, prayer was so important to his day that he was going to spend that much time doing it before he even got started.

Start your day with God on the mind

In our fast paced world, could you imagine spending three hours in prayer first thing.  But, do you even spend 5 minutes in prayer?  Do we just wake up first thing and tell God “Thank you”?  Couldn’t we find the time to simply thank the God that created us?  How many of us can find the extra time on the way to work to go get a cup of coffee, but can’t spend two minutes in prayer?

I’m as guilty as I’m sure many are…..when I start my day with God on my mind, I find that my day usually goes pretty well.  And if I have a rough day, I’m able to get through it knowing that I’ve included God from the very start.

Include God in your day

Another thing I find helps me a lot, is to make sure I include God throughout my entire day.  I thank Him for a safe drive to work.  I thank Him for helping me solve a tricky problem.  I ask Him for wisdom and patience when I’m dealing with something that isn’t going correct.  I thank Him for bringing my family back together in the evening.  In fact I just thanked Him for helping me by giving me the words for this post.

If you include God and ask God to be part of every day, then He becomes an active part of your life and you can’t help but to feel his presence in your day.

Pray together

Neither my wife and I are much for public out-loud prayer.  We have found that it’s been helpful and greatly strengthens our marriage when we pray together.  We are by no means consistent with it, but as we strive to get better and start our day by praying together, I have found that not only is God active in our daily activities….but we just invited him into our marriage!  And to see God move in a relationship like that is amazing.  It’s one of the best things we’ve done as a couple for our relationship.

End your day with God

This sometimes is the easiest to do.  Since childhood, we’ve been trained to say our goodnight prayers.  How many of us have had, since our earliest memories prayed as we lay down to sleep.  That is one area, where I’ve been the most consistent throughout my life.  There are times, I may not even finish my prayer as I fall asleep, yet I know that my last thought was a conversation with God.  I can reflect over my day with Him, I can ask for guidance for the next day….but most importantly for me is that it gives me a peace of mind through out the night that God is working in me even as I sleep.