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10 Short Morning Prayers We Can Pray to the Lord

Here are 10 short morning prayers we can pray to the Lord

The morning is the best time to spend in the Lord’s presence by reading His Word. It’s also an excellent time to begin the day by fellowshipping with the Lord in prayer.

But sometimes it can be difficult to know what to pray. Should you pray for yourself, for your family, or for your friends? How should you start? Should you pray the same prayers or try something new? Should you pray something from the Bible or come up with something on your own?

The answers to these questions depend on our personal experience and the Lord’s leading. However, there are some short morning prayers we can pray to begin each day by contacting the Lord. Whether we decide to pray one or all of these prayers, each of them can help us to simplify our time with the Lord and to begin our day by contacting Him.

Prayer #1: “Oh, Lord Jesus.”

One of the first ways we can pray is simply to call on the Lord’s name. As soon as we get out of bed, we can breathe in the Lord by calling, “Oh, Lord Jesus.”

This is good way to begin the day by contacting the Lord. What better way is there to touch our wonderful Lord than by calling on His name? When we call, we get the person of the name, and we begin to be revived and refreshed. We can do this as soon as we wake up, and we can continue as we get ready for our day.

Prayer #2: “Lord Jesus, I love you.”

The next thing we can say to the Lord is, “Lord Jesus, I love you.” It’s good to begin the day by telling the Lord that we love Him. Our goal, based on Revelation 2:4, is that He would be our first love and our best love. We can practice this by telling the Lord that we love Him first thing in the morning, and we can continue by telling the Lord that we love Him throughout the day.

Prayer #3: “Lord Jesus, thank you for today.”

Thanking the Lord is an excellent way to start the day. We can tell Him, “Lord Jesus, thank you for today, thank you for my spirit, and thank you that I can pray.” We can also thank Him for many other things. We can thank Him for another day to gain Him and to be found in Him, and we can thank Him for dying for us and for shedding His precious blood for us. No matter what we choose to thank Him for, it’s good to start the day by thanking the Lord.

Prayer #4: “Lord Jesus, wash me in your precious, prevailing, and efficacious blood.”

The next thing we can pray is for the Lord to wash us in His precious, prevailing, and efficacious blood. It’s so marvelous that the Lord died for us and shed His blood for us. Every morning we can freshly apply His blood and ask Him to wash from all of our sins. We can continue by confessing any sins that the Lord brings to our attention. There’s no need to spend all of our time attempting to come up with sins to confess, but we can spend a little time to confess anything that the Lord touches us with related to the previous day or our past.

Prayer #5: “Lord Jesus, I open my being and turn my heart to you.”

After spending some time to confess our sins, we can take a minute to turn our heart to the Lord. We can pray, “Lord Jesus, I open my being and turn my heart to you.” By doing this, we turn away from everything else and turn our heart to the Lord. Second Corinthians 3:16 says, “But whenever the heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” As we turn to the Lord, any veils on our heart are taken away, and we can spend time with the Lord face to face. Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us that in doing so, we behold and reflect like a mirror the glory of the Lord and are transformed into His image from glory to glory.

Prayer #6: “Oh Lord, grant me today’s supply of grace.”

In addition to turning our heart to the Lord, we can ask Him to grant us our daily supply of grace. In Matthew 6:11 the Lord instructs us to pray for our daily bread. We can pray this by asking the Lord for our daily supply of grace. We can begin the day by asking Him for that day’s portion of grace, and the Lord will respond by supplying us with more of His grace and more of Himself.

Prayer #7: “Oh Lord, grant me a normal day of growing in life.”

Each day we also want to grow in life. The Lord’s goal is that we would be brought on to maturity and full sonship. (See these verses for more on maturity and growing in life: 1 Corinthians 3:7, 14:20, and 16:13; Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 3:15; and Hebrews 5:14).

We don’t want to remain the same but want to grow in the divine life and be brought on to maturity. However, this isn’t something that happens miraculously or overnight. It’s something that happens little by little and day by day. An infant doesn’t become an adult overnight. They grow a little bit every day by eating milk, baby food, and eventually solid food. Over time, each infant grows to be a full-grown person. Thus, every morning we can pray, “Lord, grant me a normal day of growing in life. Cause me to grow in your life today.”

Pray #8: “Oh Lord, strengthen me with power through your spirit into the inner man.”

The apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:16 that God the Father would grant us “according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man.” Paul’s prayer here shows that God’s desire is that we would be strengthened with power through the Spirit into the inner man, our human spirit. We can cooperate with this desire by asking the Lord every day to strengthen us with power through His Spirit into the inner man.

Prayer #9: “Oh Lord, make your home in my heart through faith.”

The apostle Paul also prays in Ephesians 3:17-19 “that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the full knowledge of God.” Thus, we can pray every morning, “Lord, make your home in my heart through faith today. I open my heart to you. Make my heart your home a little more today. Dear Lord, make your home in every room of my heart.”

Prayer #10: “Oh Lord, keep me from temptation and from the evil one.”

In Matthew 6:13, the Lord instructs us to pray that we would not be brought into temptation but would be delivered from the evil one. We may think that we can withstand sin, but really, we need the Lord’s covering that He would keep us from temptation and deliver us from the evil one. We are weak and shouldn’t put any trust in ourselves. Instead, we should pray that the Lord would deliver us from temptation and from the evil one.

Wrap-up

As you can see, these are ten excellent short morning prayers we can pray every morning. Whether you decide to pray one, a few, or all of them, I hope this post will help you spend time in prayer with the Lord. May we all go on to pursue Christ, to know Him, and to be found in Him day by day and morning by morning.

What is your experience with praying short prayers to the Lord in the morning? Do you have any prayers you would add to this list? Are you planning to pray some of these prayers during your morning time with the Lord? Leave a comment so we can discuss and have further fellowship.

For a further appreciation of this topic, you may also enjoy reading “How to Spend Time with the Lord in the Morning” on the Bibles for America blog.

Photo credit: Jake Givens at Unsplash

About Joe Putnam

Hi, my name is Joe Putnam. I live in Lubbock, TX, and contribute posts here on Holding to Truth from time to time. Please leave a comment to let us know what you enjoyed from this post. Thanks!

102 Replies

  1. Monica Bayes

    This was such an enjoyable post! We need to be reminded to pray these prayers to our dear Lord Jesus.

    1. Joe Putnam

      Thanks, Monica. I’m glad you liked the post. 🙂

    2. Yes, this post is very helpful to me. This is so enjoyable. I am so thankful to the Lord for releasing this post to His children. Amen.

  2. Very helpful post, Joe. I love all of these simple yet essential prayers. I appreciate that we can contact the Lord in such a simple and genuine way as we begin our day with Him. There’s no need for us to compose complex, lofty prayers, although we can certainly do this if we feel led to – we can simply call on the Lord’s name, open our being to Him, express our love for Him, and ask Him to make His home in our heart a little more. Through these simple prayers, the Lord can gain a little more ground in us every day. I also enjoy praying: “Lord, I give myself to you. Do whatever you would like to do in me, with me, and through me.”

    1. Joe Putnam

      Hi John-Paul, I really like the prayer you’ve added to this list. It’s so good to give the Lord the ground to work in us and through us.

  3. Becca

    Amen! What a simple way to enjoy the Lord!

    1. Joe Putnam

      Amen! 🙂

  4. I can wholeheartedly say AMEN to these prayers… I was looking through all of them, and it is only 2-3 that I don’t habitually pray to the Lord. Especially in the morning, it’s good to just OPEN to the Lord and pray short prayers to Him. Sometimes we feel the need of being cleansed by His blood, and the prayer #4 is so sweet…. Short and living prayers, according to the feeling within – so precious, and so sweet!

    1. Joe Putnam

      I agree about prayer number four. It’s so helpful to see that the Lord’s blood washes away all of our sins. We can apply the blood every morning to assure ourselves that we are washed in His precious, prevailing blood.

  5. Printing this out for my walk tomorrow morning….

    1. Joe Putnam

      Awesome! 🙂

  6. Garrett Hageman

    We can also pray, Lord, set up Your throne in the center of my being! According to Rev. 22:1-2, the throne of God and of the Lamb is in the center of the New Jerusalem. The river of water of life issues from the throne. On this side and on that side of the river is the tree of life. When we are under the throne, under the Lord’s ruling presence, we enjoy the river and the tree, signifying the Lord Himself as our moment by moment supply. How much we need Him to life the Christian life! We could never make it on our own! Praise the Lord!

    1. Joe Putnam

      Hi Garrett, I really enjoy this prayer as well. We can enthrone the Lord in the morning by asking Him to set up His throne in the center of our being.

      1. Mehala

        We can include at the end, “Lord cover me with Yourself.” Amen. Thank you for this post! This is very helpful for me, as well as I forwarded it to others. Thank You, Lord Jesus for everything, You are everything to us. Amen.

        1. Tom Smith

          Yes, there are many more items that could be added to this list of 10 short prayers…as long as they help us to focus on Christ, contact Him and receive Him as our life. Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for taking the time to share it with others.

    2. Thanks Garrett; a wonderful prayer. Lord, establish the realities of New Jerusalem in our being now.

  7. Okhyunhg

    Very helpful..I want to practice everyday : )

  8. Brenda

    Thank you for a simple practical way to touch the Lord in the morning.
    This covers every aspect of our daily living. We can also pray this for the members of the church.
    I have been asked by several christians how do I pray and really did not have a good answer for them. Now I am armed and have already given this to others.

  9. O what a living and simple way to exercise our regenerated human spirit so as to fellowship with the Lord for the corporate mingling of God and man on the earth!

  10. johnny dela cruz

    Amen! Oh Lord Jesus ! wonderful prayers to start the day and to be filled with the Lord. Hallelujah!

  11. Vicki Bean

    Thank you brother for posting these simple yet wonderful and crucial prayers we can and need to pray every morning. And these points are backed up by the Word. This is something I want to hand print out and give to a few new saints who have been added to the Church here in Edmond, OK.
    I really believe praying one or two or all of these first thing in the morning will prime out spirit to begin a wonderful time/day w our Lord!
    By the way, my husband and I pray most if not all these prayers daily and have for years! Again I just want to thank you brother for putting this on fb and making it available to all the saints!

    1. Joe Putnam

      Hi Vickie, thank you for the comment. These prayers really are helpful to prime our spirit in the morning and to help us touch the Lord. I hope these prayers really help the ones you print them out for.

  12. Vicki Bean

    Also, because I really would love to have this posted on my fb sight, can someone help me get it posted? I am so v new at this and this one is above my knowledge/experience to do :). Thank you dear saints!!!

    1. Joe Putnam

      The easiest way to post this is to click the Facebook like button above. The second easiest way is to copy the link for the post and then to post it manually as a Facebook update. Both of these options should work. 🙂

  13. These are very helpful suggestions for simple prayers. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Wondering though, is there an account in the Bible of such simple prayers?

    1. The most simple prayer I can think of is in the gospels when one of the disciples ask the Lord to teach them how to pray. It’s very simple, only a conversation actually, but a great example of how we can pray to the Lord. In the gospels, the disciples spoke to the Lord and asked Him questions in person; today, we can speak to the Lord and ask Him questions as the one who’s residing in our spirit.

  14. Prayer is really important to practice in our christian life.The moment we pray we are one with the Lord praying in our spirit.After we exercise our spirit to pray we experience to be revived and strengthened.May the Lord cause us to be a man of prayer.

  15. Joyce

    Hi
    Jesus is our first friend, first(nouriture), first everything, without him we are nothing. So it is very important to wake up with Jesus in front of us.
    So our day is calm and goes on smoothly

    1. Hi Joyce,

      I agree! Jesus is our best friend, our closest companion, and everything that we need. It’s good to start the day by contacting Him and fellowshipping with Him. One of my favorites ways to do this is to pray, “Lord Jesus, I love you. Thank you for today.”

  16. Rosita

    Thank you, how can I can post this in Facebook?

    1. Tom Smith

      To share the post on Facebook, simply click on the post, take the post URL (not the home page) and paste into the “Update status” box in Facebook–where it says “what’s on your mind?” Before the link you may want to say a sentence or two about why you liked the post. (When the post shows up, you can delete the URL script if you like.) Hope that helps

  17. Pastor Makka Atwal

    thanks for telling owesome practical and simple way how to commune With God. thanks for the post.God Bless you Joe
    Bro.

  18. Suzzy ekwem

    Hi thank GOD for ur life for what is use each and every one of u dat is makein suer dat GOD word to reach us may GOD richly bless u i like usein d blood of JESUS to pray in mornin drink it bath wt it it is gud but pray for me to be hnger for d word of GOD&do his will at all time not half way but compelt thanks joel

  19. Christophe Randriamampiandra

    Thanks so very much for all your help so that from now I can know this lessons about prayer it’s very helpful post. God bless you !!!

    1. Tom Smith

      We’re really glad that you found “10 Short Morning Prayers…” helpful in building up your life of prayer with the Lord. You may also want to read another similar post, “3 Simple Prayers to Rekindle Your Love for the Lord.” In addition, we hope to soon have a special page on the blog dedicated to covering the vital practice of prayer. Keep an eye for this soon to be released page. Hope you’ll share it with others too. May the Lord bless you with more of the enjoyment of Christ.

  20. Ayie

    Amen.. This is a good special topic for the youngpeople.. Thank you very much brothers.. Halelujah! Emmanuel!

  21. Aaron Davis

    Awesome! wonderful prayers to start the day and to be filled with the Lord

  22. Brenda Benedetto

    I have started many a day and throughout the day just saying, “Lord, here I am!” and so many of the prayers that were posted would come spontaneously after that! Lord, here we are…

  23. This semester I realized how addicted I am to morning revival. Even when I am going through a hard time and don’t feel like having morning revival, there is just something within me that tells me to turn to the Lord no matter what my circumstance is. Praise the Lord we do not need to be religious in our morning times, we just need to touch the Lord. Thank You Lord for such simple ways to touch You! Hallelujah

  24. I really appreciate the name of our KING OF KINGS & THE BRIGHT MORNING STAR (JESUS) which through his love died for us so as to praise him daily and all day long. i wanna thank God for this morning short prayers because i think if i keep on meditation it always am gonna be used to it and it would never depart from my side on my bed in mornings. My Mentor God would embarrassed you with more wisdom Eccl.8:1 in Jesus name Amen…

  25. Monica

    Hi Joe,
    Thank you for this wonderful post.
    It’s the most beautiful way to start your day!!!
    Praise be to GOD our Saviour, Protector and Defender.
    I love it when you say, “Thank you for this day, I love you LORD”

    Heavenly blessing to all readers,
    Monica

  26. Dorothy

    Hi Joe, Every once in a while some external factor interferes and I must retrace my steps to my bed and kneel down and pray and restart my day. Thanks for reminding us that it can be simple

  27. Rosita D. Andrada

    Thank you, for coming across this short way of prayer, I really like it.

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Sometimes it helps to have a few short prayers to direct your time with the Lord. But don’t make it formal, or a ritual. Always stay open to the Lord. Pray from your deepest part, your spirit. Then the Lord can flow through you to pray out something more that is on His heart.

  28. Theophilus

    thanks for the wondaful short prayers…. may God bless you
    Amen

  29. felisa

    Praise the Lord ! Thank you saints fir this post. I was reminded of the times they asked me to lead a prayer and most of the times i made excuses for i don’t know how to start it so i felt guilty afterwards.God bless u all!

  30. Evelyn Echols

    I really enjoy reading this omg! I luv it help me understand a lot tear.. About prayer I have very hard time reading and noun my word I don’t read or pray out loud but asking God for help thx! For posted

  31. Kwadwo A. Appiagyei

    I am really grateful to this post. Anytime I see Holding the Truth among my mails my first reaction is let me glance through and see what is there. Almost every time I do that I get stuck to it and unable to do other things. These are fantastic prayers to start the day with. The other time it was on Transformation. In fact, I got stuck to it and stayed with it until I made some notes out of it. It’s really awesome let’s have some more and more frequently, please.

  32. VICTOR

    Oh! thanks 4 this fantastic steps in daily prayers, it really enjoyable.

    1. Tom Smith

      Victor, I’m glad you were helped by the 10 short morning prayers. For more help with prayer you may also want to explore the other posts on the Holding to Truth Prayer Life page. Then take a moment to let me know what help you received. We can communicate via the Holding to Truth Facebook Page or Google+ Page.

  33. deon_barbee

    I liked your site and prayers in trying to turn my life around from being a drug addict i dont want this in my life,and I’m starting with prayer,also pray for me,and my family,and I ask a special prayer for my aunt Wanda she is in ICU with pneumonia and has c.o.p.d.and one lung and that one lung is only 40%.Thanks and “GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS”!!!!!’AMEN ‘

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad the post helped. Our real need is God Himself. Prayer is the means for us to contact Him and absorb Him into our being. Even more than the answers to prayer, we need to continually contact God. When we contact His Spirit with our spirit (John 4:24) we drink of Him as the water of life (v. 14). The simplest way to contact God is to call on the name of Jesus. Just cry out to Him from the depth of your being, “Lord Jesus! O Lord Jesus.” He promises to be rich to us and save us whenever we call on Hims name (Rom. 10:12-13). May the Lord bring salvation and comfort to your family and your aunt Wanda.

    2. Hi there, i just came across your thx and what u are going thourgh, im going thourgh the same thing, may you be blessed in or lord Jesus name x

  34. Apotieri nelson

    So simple and sweet! GOD bless you

  35. Israel Flores

    Thanks brothers. This is the way to pray without ceasing. I enjoyed the post on Facebook and just subscribed to “Holding to Truth in Love.”

    1. Tom Smith

      Israel,

      Glad you enjoyed our post on 10 short morning prayers. It is so good to start each day practicing to fellowship with the wonderful Person who lives in our spirit, our dear Lord Jesus. These 10 prayers are not for merely for reciting but to help us learn to touch Him by calling on His name telling Him that we love Him, etc. Praying in this way we can learn to pray unceasing, moment by moment exhaling what we are and inhaling what He is. In this way we live Christ in our daily life.

  36. Alfred

    I do this every mornig and thanks for all the way to get in touch with my
    Lord

    1. Tom Smith

      Alfred, I’m glad these ten short prayers have uplifted your time with the Lord in the morning. Thanks for your confirming comment.

  37. Ana Lara

    Best simple prayers!

  38. mubanga

    Great prayers……really helpful

  39. Tobi Owoso

    God bless you sir! I really like this. May the Holy Spirit keep showing you deeper revealation IJN

    1. Tom Smith

      Tobi,

      Glad you were helped by the post. Such prayers are so helpful to me especially when I’m spending time with the Lord in the morning. I hope you’ll come back often! Thank you for your encouraging comment.

  40. Ruth Demirjian

    I praise the Lord for His Body, and the rich supply in His members.
    I enjoyed your p0st, it is very simple, practical, scriptural and based
    on the truth of the Bible. We need to pursue these prayers every morning
    faithfully, then, spontaneously, our heart will turn to the Lord and the veils shell be taken away. So simple and wonderful !!!
    Thank you Brother – this is the building up the Body of Christ. Amen !

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed our post on 10 Short Morning Prayers. Such prayers are a simple way to turn our heart to Lord in the morning so that the divine life within can freely flow through us. Then, according to the Lord’s leading, we should spontaneously pray out whatever the Spirit of the Lord is initiating within us and moving us to pray–whether in thanks, praise, petition, confession or intercession. Thanks for your confirming comment.

  41. kenechukwu mark

    It’s really great having having people like u Mr Joe in around, my only problem is that i dnt knw hw to pray, n it’s really affecting me by exempting my self from most prayer works organized anywhere around me. Help me pls, dnt knw wah to do.

    1. Tom Smith

      I would encourage you to go through our 12 posts on the “Prayer Life” page. Then set a time each day to spend with the Lord to pray. For a start, one of the basic matters to effective prayer is matching prayer and the word. For this simple practice of pray-reading the word, I would recommend a post entitled 12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished
      For a deeper seeking into the matter of prayer I would also recommend reading through Lessons on Prayer by Witness Lee. You can read it freely on MinistryBooks.org.

  42. kenechukwu mark

    Is there anything like network created jst for discussion of biblical issues, I’d like to join Mr Tom

    1. Tom Smith

      I’m sure that there are many Christian social networks you can find to discuss various issues. However, I wouldn’t know which ones to recommend. As far as Holding to Truth (HTL), I’d be happy to share in relevant fellowship about questions that are focused on Christ being life to us for the building up of His Body the church. If there are such questions or topics you’d like to bring up you can follow the social links on the right sidebar on the HTL homepage to our Facebook page or Google+ page or just use the Contact page on the blog itself.

  43. kenechukwu mark

    I mean a social network

  44. kenechukwu mark

    Fine i undstnd, it’s really nice speaking with you Mr Tom

  45. Shepga Sunday

    I actually got what I was looking for here because its exactly the desire of my heart. Its very powerful and incredibly helpful

    1. Tom Smith

      Prayer is the way for us to contact God in our spirit and absorb all the riches of His being into ours. May we learn to pray such simple, direct, God-contacting prayers with our spirit so that we make such a vital connection with Him every day. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  46. Claudia Rocha

    “Thank you Jesus for this new day!” “Goodmorning Holy Spirit!” “This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it!” Amen. This is my prayer as soon as I wake up every morning. I want to thank you for sharing this short prayers. Loved each and every explanation that was given after each one of them. Really helped me alot! Awesome post! BLESSINGS! GREAT DAY!

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the post. It is so good to begin each day by coming to the Lord. Having a few short prayers to begin with helps us to enter into fellowship with the Lord. My favorite way to begin my prayer time with the Lord is simply to call on the name of the Lord Jesus a few times. I’m reminded from Romans 10:12-13 that the Lord promises to be rich to all who call upon Him for whoever calls upon His name will be saved. Although we may be saved eternally, we still need to be saved in a moment-by-moment way from our anger, anxiety, pride and offenses, etc. When we call “Lord Jesus!” He supplies us with what He is (as love, peace, joy, wisdom, comfort and more) to meet the need of the situation before us. This is the deep spiritual breathing we need to be a healthy, normal Christian.

  47. Mary Wayne Weison

    Love this so very much and yes I will be using that in the future we need many short or long times with the Lord!

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you enjoyed the 10 short prayers. The basic point in prayer is to contact God who is Spirit with our spirit (John 4:24). A very simple way to contact Him is to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul said that no one can say Jesus is Lord or Lord Jesus except in the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3). Call calling on the Lord brings us into intimate contact with the Lord. I try to call on Him each day especially as I start my day. Thanks for the comment.

  48. Emma Kgosiesele

    Awesome stuff. I really enjoyed the short prayers. The first three are so simple and easy to recite. I am so blessed to have come across this site. Thank you Jesus for your love. God bless.

    1. Tom Smith

      When we realize that the real significance of prayer is to contact God with our spirit and to absorb God, then we can appreciate how such simple spirit-exercising prayers are so helpful and bring us the divine supply of grace to live a normal Christian life. Thanks for your confirming comment

  49. Ruth Lariosa

    This is a wonderful reminder to us that our God is always available we can always contact Him through simple prayers,starting our day with prayers the moment we open our eyes embrace God with prayers..

    1. Tom Smith

      Amen. He is so available. We can breathe Him by calling on His name.

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