My alarm goes off at 6:00am.
Through blurry eyes I reach over to my night stand and turn it off.
As I roll back onto my pillow I close my eyes and say a quick prayer:
Good morning Lord. I give this day to you. I am still very tired, so please help me wake up and give me energy to make it through the day. Amen
If I keep my eyes shut any longer I will be back asleep in no time.
But, if I open my eyes and start my morning, my sleepiness fades and I am filled with peace about the day ahead.
A habit so simple, yet so powerful.
The best way to start your day.
Let me explain why:
1. Energy from God is like nothing else we can find in this world. The effects are immediate, and it’s more than a quick energy boost.
When we ask God for energy, he supplies us with strength. Whether mental strength to get out of bed and face challenge situations, or the physical strength to keep going when your muscles are sore and tired.
In Colossians, Paul explains why we need to be strengthen by God:
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy.” Colossians 1:11(NLT)
Did you catch that? It is like a 4 for 1 special. You ask for energy and God gives you strength, endurance, patience and joy.
2. Starting your day with prayer puts God in control.
When I said “God I give this day to you,” what I mean is, “God this day belongs to you, my life belong to you, guide me where you want me to go, give me wisdom and a willing heart to follow your plan today.”
This doesn’t mean I don’t plan for my day, but I entrust it to God, relying on his strength to get everything done, and his guidance to let me know if I need to change my plans.
As a result, I am filled with peace.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” Romans 15:13
I can’t think of a better way to start your day then by calling on God and receiving strength, endurance, patience, joy, peace, and more joy!
I challenge you to try it for yourself. Say a similar prayer first thing every morning. After a week, see if it has made a difference in how you approach your day and how you feel throughout the day.