Waking to the sound of the baby crying, an exhausted mom shuffles to nurse her little one. As she lies the baby back to into the crib, her toddler begins to stir and is ready to start the day. Slightly annoyed that she won’t be getting any more sleep, mama quickly makes breakfast for the waiting child. In her rush, she drops the box of cereal on the floor. Flakes scatter across the kitchen. She grimaces and sweeps up the crumbs. As she pours milk into the cereal bowl, she splatters some on the counter. Looking around for a towel she remembers that they are all in the washer. “So, I guess it’s going to be one of those days…” she mutters with a frown.
Some days just get off to a bad start. In moments like these, it is easy to get caught up in our bad mood and forget about the one thing that could help improve our day. By the afternoon or evening we realize that we haven’t spend any time in prayer. No wonder the day has been so frustrating. Attempting to handle everything on our own only leads to a downward spiral of emotions and actions.
I have found that beginning each morning with prayer makes a huge difference in my day. I really appreciate what Psalm 5:3 says about morning prayer:
“In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice;
In the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.”
What a blessing it is to know that we can give our day to our Savior and watch Him work! I’m not saying that if you pray in the morning your day will be perfect, but it can be filled with joy and peace that comes only from committing our ways to the Lord.
Quite awhile ago, I found this prayer by George Dawson and enjoy reading it every once in awhile to help me jump start my morning prayer life again. I hope that it will encourage you as well.
It is my hope that beginning our days with prayer will become an essential part of our morning routine as we strive to live for the glory of God.
How do you get your day off to a good start?