But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
What is your daily practice of prayer? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, especially as I’m having to deal with my own grieving heart over the loss of my father. That sense of my own grief weighing on me daily, as it does, has sent me back to the place of prayer again and again for comfort, grace, encouragement, and strength. These I find in the presence of the Lord. But what do I say as I enter his presence, especially at the start of the day?
Over the years I have collected a number of prayers that help me when I don’t know what to say. And yes, it is OK to pray what someone else has written down. It is not “vain repetition” when it comes from the heart. That’s one reason we have so many prayers written for us in Scripture and especially in the book of Psalms as we saw in a recent D-Group study. (By the way, if anyone still wants a free copy of Don Whitney’s book “Praying the Bible” just ask me. I’ll give you one as long as I have them). So I am a collector of prayers. They – along with the Holy Spirit – help me when my heart is dull, or when in my grief I don’t know what to say.
Recently, I ran across a prayer that the late Pastor/Theologian John Stott used to pray each morning as he began his day. I recommend it to you as a wonderful way for you to start your day. It’s Trinitarian, in that it addresses each member of the Trinity. It’s humble, in that it seeks God’s help. And, as you read it, you’ll see that it is very biblical as well.
“Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
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