4 Points to an Effective Morning Prayer Routine

Today we are talking about the four points to include in every morning prayer routine.  These points are straight from Matthew chapter 6 where Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray effectively.  

So without further ado let’s take a look at the scriptures behind today’s post.

Our Text

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.

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

Pray “After this manner”

Let’s start by breaking down this very first verse. Jesus tells us to pray “after this manner…”. 

Many people take these sets of verses and pray them word for word, and that’s not what Jesus is telling us to do.  We are supposed to take these verses and cover these topics in our morning prayer time. 

He’s not saying copy this word for word because Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 6:7…

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:5-7 KJV

Jesus is saying, simply repeating a prayer is a vain repetition. 

Now why would he say that and then three verses later give us a “vain repetition” to repeat after Him??

The answer is that He wouldn’t! 

So instead of repeating this prayer word for world let’s take it for what it is – a guide of topics to cover in our own prayer time.

One more point on this and then we’ll move on.  Jesus wants a relationship with you. What kind of a relationship would it be if you simply repeat the same phrase to your friend every time you spoke? 

I think you get the point.

Topics to Cover in your Morning Prayer

#1 Pray for Leaders, Those in Authority, and the People on this Earth to hear God’s Voice and Follow it.

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Ephesians 1:16 KJV

Paul talked multiple times about praying for those in leadership positions and those around him.

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3 John 2 NKJV

The Bible tells us many times that we should pray for others.  Pray for the lost that they would see the light of salvation.  Pray for those in your life that they would hear God.

Hint: Men bring the blessings of God into your life

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:38 KJV

God won’t float cars, houses and money down from heaven.  If you have physical need, God is going to use a person with hands and feet to meet that need. (Bonus hint: God wants to use you to do the same thing for someone else too!)

#2 Pray for Provision

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:11 KJV

This is a really important point that is lost on many people. You cannot pray for tomorrow’s provision.  Why not?

Because it goes against everything Jesus taught.  

He tells us…

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Matthew 6:25 KJV

If Jesus tells us not to take thought for tomorrow, is He going to ask you to pray for tomorrow.  

No faith is always in the NOW.  Which means the only thing you can believe God for is that your current and present circumstances will shift. 

This is why it’s important to pray every day.

#3 Forgive EVERY SINGLE DAY

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Matthew 6:12 KJV

Ask the Holy Spirit if there is anyone who you harbor ill will and unforgiveness towards.  The Bible tells us if we don’t forgive them that Jesus cannot forgive us.  You stifle the Spirit of God and His ability to operation in your life when you don’t forgive.

#4 Submit to God & Resist the Devil

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.

Matthew 6:13 KJV

We forget that we are at war with the enemy.  Our fight is the fight of faith meaning we have to continuously be aware of where our heart is and what we are thinking about. 

Take the morning to recenter your heart on His Word and watch that the devil isn’t a problem at all. 

Action Item: Build a Prayer List

After reading this post you can take these 4 points and build a prayer list of a few scriptures to start praying every morning that help you stay on track and hit each of these topics. 

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