Starting Your Day Off Right

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When starting the day I can’t help but rush, even when I give myself enough time to get ready I’m always in a hurry thinking about the next step. I don’t know what your mornings look like but I have a feeling they may be similar in appearance. Some of us wake up with a hot cup of coffee to jolt us back to life, others get in an early work out, and although these areall well and good, I’ve found the best way to start the day off right is with prayer. 

Prayer changes us. Philippians 4.6-7 reads likes this, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Wouldn’t you want your day to start off like that? And here’s the thing, once you’re finished praying in the morning, don’t just leave it there, take it with you for the day. Remind yourself of what you prayed, remind yourself of the verse above and continue praying throughout your day. 

Go into prayer with a heart of expectation, prepare your heart knowing God loves you; He wants you and everyone you come in contact with to be changed by His love. Don’t pray with a disconnected heart because you’re busy, we all are, but we need to give our Holy God the time of day he deserves to perfect the work in us and to bring forth His love to the world.

Starting off your morning with prayer sets you up with the right perspective for the day. It reminds you that your life, well, isn’t about you, but Him. It reminds you of the glory of God and the power He holds. It sets your mind on eternity and not the problems you have in this world. The bible says, “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  Starting your day off with God fills you with joy and a heart gratitude knowing your King Jesus has everything in His hands, not just for today, but always. 

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Katie Benkert