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10 Short Morning Prayers We Can Pray to the Lord

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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 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.

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About Joe Putnam

Hi. My name is Joe. I live in Irvine, CA, and I help with some of the technical aspects here at Holding to Truth. I also contribute posts from time to time. Please leave a comment to let us know what you enjoyed from this post. Thanks!

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  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!

  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!

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