BITE-SIZED PRAYER TO BEGIN EACH DAY
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. (Psalm 5:3, NKJV)
What is your morning routine or your daily process? For me it begins with my breakfast, in the morning I eat my breakfast in smaller, bite-sized chunks, to avoid getting indigestion. Similarly when my prayer life created spiritual overload for an overwhelming number of needs, I divided it into smaller, bite-sized chunks.
I begin by selecting a couple of attributes and one name of God to praise Him for, followed by naming one particular sin to confess, and then thanking God for one specific thing he has done. Certain items I pray for every day such as my extended family and special needs brought to my attention. I pray for families in our church and special church needs on a rotating monthly basis and for groups to which I belong on a rotating weekly basis.
Examples are the Awana Youth club leaders and clubbers, missionaries we and our church supports, work associates, organizations to which I belong, and individuals I have discipled. I ask God to help government leaders by name each Monday morning. Using prayer guides (References 1-3), I pray in depth for my pastor and especially my wife. All these entries are contained in a loose-leaf notebook which I bring to the breakfast table each day to aid my fading memory.
So much to pray for, so little time.
Divide in pieces, use your time.
Give praise and to God intercede.
Pray for others as you know their need.
Praying in bite-sized chunks avoids spiritual indigestion.
- What is your approach to prayer?
- What do you do when you are overwhelmed by a great number of needs?
- What do you consider the value of prayer?