3 Prayers to Start Your Day with God

By Melissa McLaughlin

Start Your Day with God

With each new dawn, we are given the gift of a day. How will we face the 24 hours ahead?

Some days we wake up feeling refreshed, while other days we struggle to put one foot in front of the other. Regardless of our physical strength or emotional state, our days go better when we start with God.

God is always with us, but when we refocus on Him through prayer and Scripture, we experience God’s presence and love anew. This is the daily nourishment our souls need to thrive.

Here are 3 morning prayers to direct your heart and mind toward God today.

3 Prayers to Start Your Day with God

Prayer for a Fresh Start – New Possibilities

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of a new day. Thank you for your steadfast love and faithfulness that brought me through to this very moment. Jesus, thank you for the gift of salvation and your resurrection power.

Holy Spirit, do a new thing in me. Help me remember with God all things are possible. No matter what disappointments I experienced yesterday, today is a fresh start. I have a clean slate in Christ Jesus. Renew my heart with your love. Anchor my mind in your Word. Lift my vision to see my Savior. Strengthen my faith as I look to you.

Help me walk with you today in great expectation. For you are the God who went to the cross and back to win my heart for heaven. You are the God of eternal blessings. I put my hope in you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19

Prayer for Surrender

Almighty God, thank you for the gift of life. You are the One who formed my very frame. Every breath, every beat of my heart is sustained by you. You are the One who numbers my days. This day belongs to you. My life belongs to you. My eternity belongs to you.

Lord Jesus, you laid down your life to atone for my sins. A gift like no other! Lord, forgive me of my sins. Help me lay down my life for you. Not to earn my salvation, but out of gratitude for the One who did it all!

Holy Spirt, give me a humble heart and a teachable spirit. Transform my life through your Word. Lord, I surrender. Take my time, take my gifts, take this day, and live through me. Empower me to be your vessel. I love you, Jesus. Help me live like I do. In Your name. Amen.

Scripture: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Prayer to Remember My Identity in Christ

Father God, I praise you! You are the God of the universe. Yet, you love me personally. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by you. You see me, know me, and love me more than anyone else ever could.

Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice on the cross for my sins. Hallelujah! My sins are washed away and I am a new creation. You have robed me in your righteousness and invited me to share in your heavenly inheritance. I am a child of God, a child of the King! I am indwelled by your Spirit. I am being made into your image day by day.

Holy Spirit, help me embrace my identity in Christ as I go through this day. Help me remember I am loved, known, chosen, forgiven, accepted, part of your family, and assured a place in heaven. Fill me afresh with the truth and grace of your Word. Let the light of Christ radiate through me today, so others can see Jesus and be drawn to Him. In His name. Amen.  

Scripture: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

Do you have a favorite morning prayer or Scripture? I’d love to hear about it!

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18 thoughts on “3 Prayers to Start Your Day with God”

  1. Thank you for these beautiful morning prayers, Melissa. I’m going to print them so I can pray them from time to time.
    Your prayers rise from your heart and your faithful walk with our Lord. They inspire me as I daily walk with our Lord.
    May God’s word speak to our hearts every day and change us into the person He desires us to be.
    Then on that day when He takes us to dwell with Him forever, Heaven will feel like home; the place where He dwells and rules forever!

    • You are welcome, Mary Anne. All glory to God! Your heart for Christ is an inspiration and witness to me and so many others. I love your insights. May we look to the Lord to hear from His Word and Spirit so we can hear His love and surrender to His leadership. This line touched my heart: “Then on that day when He takes us to dwell with Him forever, Heaven will feel like home; the place where He dwells and rules forever!”
      Beautifully written, Mary Anne! I am praying for you, your husband, and family right now. May God bless you, strengthen you, and grant you His peace.

  2. My favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:38-39.

    38 I am completely convinced (convinced) that:
    [Now Paul lists ten things that are in God’s universe. Often they are opposites. This list picks up where the enumeration of seven sufferings left off—the martyrdom by the sword, see verse 35.]

    nor death [with all its horror and agony],
    or life (an abundant life) [with its allurements],
    neither angels,
    or spirit princes [demonic princes],
    or authorities (powers) [both human tyrants and demonic powers],

    neither what is happening right now,
    or what will happen,
    39neither anything exalted [the world above, anything supernatural],
    or something deep [powers of the dark and evil world, the forces of hell],
    or anything else created [animals, people, the universe, or human-created authorities, orders, structures]
    [none of this] shall be able to separate us from God’s [giving] love in the Anointed (Messiah, Christ) Jesus our Lord.

    • Hello Fredrik, thank you for sharing this powerful Scripture. Romans 8:38-39 is an excellent verse to remember as we start each day. And all through the day. Nothing can separate us from God’s love! What a promise!

  3. Identity and purpose. Thank you Lord for what you have made me and what you will do for me. We are an offering.

    • Amen and amen, Warren! We are an offering. All that we have, all that we are, all that we hope to be, we give to You. It came from you, Lord. We use the voices You gave us, the breath, the lives You gave us, to worship and live for You.

    • Dear Bettie, thank you for taking time to read the prayers and share your heart here. It’s always a blessing to see you here. May we remember who God is, who we are in Him, and release into His hands our very lives. For His glory and our eternal blessings. I’m lifting you and your family in prayer right now, Bettie. I hope you have a restful day in the Lord!

  4. Absolutely excellent! I’m on work overload this week, so it’s been difficult to center in the morning for me this week. These prayers are so welcome!

    • Jessica, sounds like an exciting but exhausting week for you! I’m glad these short prayers were a blessing to you. Thank you for taking the time to offer a word of encouragement. May the Lord renew your strength for all that lies ahead!

  5. Oh I love these especially the first for renewal of the new day. I need this to remind me after a day of mistakes. It so important for me to remember that each day is a new day and a new chance to do better. Thank you Melissa

    • God bless you, Yvonne! I think we all need reminders that each day is a fresh start with God. New possibilities, new mercies, new opportunities to shine for Him. Our God is gracious. God bless you!

  6. Oh, Melissa, these prayers are so beautiful and powerful and wonderful. This is something I’m going to print out to keep. I love how your prayers include each Godhead of the trinity. Here are some lines that really jumped out at me:

    “Holy Spirit, do a new thing in me.”
    “Holy Spirit, help me embrace my identity in Christ as I go through this day.”

    • Thank you for the kind words, Karen. When I pray, I do try to remember the Godhead of the trinity. This helps me take in the fullness of God as I pray. I’m thankful these prayers were a blessing to you. May the Lord keep you anchored in your identity in Christ. What a blessing!


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