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Why First Thing in the Morning is the Best Time for Prayer

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Inside: Prayer is an important part of your quiet time with God and spiritual growth. Here are 3 reasons why early morning prayer is a good idea plus a little trick to help you consistently get up earlier each day!

I was really going to do it this year. I was going to get up early so I could have my quiet time with God before the day started.

Yes, I made that same commitment every year before that, and yes I always fell short every single year. But this year would be different. I had a plan. And I knew I could stick with it.

  1. Go to bed early so I’m not dog tired when my alarm goes off in the morning
  2. Have all my supplies ready to go right next to the bed
  3. Exercise during the day so I’m good and tired when it’s bedtime so I’m not up all night thinking about all the things

It was a good plan. I followed it perfectly. And guess what?

I woke up the first morning and promptly went back to sleep. The second morning I woke up and made it through my quiet time. The third day it just didn’t happen.

Consistency gets me every time!

I bet if you’ve ever decided to get up early or spend more time in the word you’ve had the same struggle. Big changes like that are hard to do even when you have the perfect plan and the best motivation.

But hope is not lost!

I found a little trick that helped me be more consistent. Not perfect. But I am doing better at getting up and starting my day with prayer and Bible study. I still have to do all the other things on my list but this one thing this what helps me see the most success.

Ready for it?

I get out of bed when my alarm goes off.

Yep, that’s it. I kick the covers off and stand up. Once that happens I grab my prayer notebook and Bible. It’s a simple step but it packs a big punch.

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Prayer is an important part of your quiet time with God and spiritual growth. Here are 3 reasons why early morning prayer is a good idea plus a little trick to help you consistently get up earlier each day!

Sometimes we get overwhelmed by big goals and too many steps. One way to get over that feeling of overwhelm is to find something that will give you quick win. Something that you can do in 30 seconds that will get you one step closer to your goal.

Why 30 seconds? Because it’s enough time to make progress but not enough time to talk yourself out of moving forward. And it’s something that’s easy to check off your to-do list. Which then motivates you to keep going so you can check something else off.

For example, if you want to floss every day. A 30-second task that you can commit to is flossing one tooth each morning. Why? Because if you floss one tooth you’re not going to stop there. You are more likely to finish the rest of your mouth.

So the challenge is to figure out what is that one thing that you can do every day to achieve your spiritual goals.

My goal is to start my day with prayer.

I know there can be some controversy about if you have to do quiet time at a certain time each day in order to be in God’s will. I don’t want to get into that but if you give me a minute I want to make a case for starting your day with prayer.

3 Reasons Early Morning Prayer is Best

1. Jesus did it

Our main goal as Christians is to be more like Christ. So it’s important to take our cue from Jesus when it comes to our quiet times.

Mark 1:35 NLT – Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

Jesus rose early in the morning to have time to talk with this Father. I don’t believe that God is calling all of use to rise before daybreak to pray but I do believe that He wants to hear from us first thing in the morning.

Prayer is an important part of your quiet time with God and spiritual growth. Here are 3 reasons why early morning prayer is a good idea plus a little trick to help you consistently get up earlier each day!

2. It’s the perfect time to get instructions for the day

One thing that I pray for daily is that God will lead and guide our day. I’m not prideful enough to think that just because I have a plan in place that things will go smoothly. Remember my plan for getting up early?

Psalm 5:3 NLT – Listen to my voice in the morning LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

God already knows what we will face that day before we even open up our eyes. Why not take a few minutes to ask Him what that plan is? Do you have a BIG day at work … God has a plan for that. Spending the day taking care of your little ones? God has a plan for that as well.

God’s plans are perfect. And if we simply take the time to ask Him about it, He’s willing to share with us the right path to take.

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3. Sometimes we need a little encouragement to put one step in the front of the other

If I’m 100% honest many times the reason that I struggle to get out of bed in the morning had nothing to do with how tired I was. Or my laziness or lack of consistency. Most of the time I just didn’t want to get up and face the day.

Psalm 119:147 NLT – I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.

Starting the day with prayer …

Talking to God about what’s on my mind and heart helped me put one foot in front of the other. Because when things are as bad as it can get the only thing that we can do it cry out to God for help and for mercy.

I always feel better when I spend time talking to God. He promises comfort when we need it and He never fails to deliver.

Make the commitment to start your day by talking to God. Make it even sweeter by spending a minute or two in the Word. And don’t forget to find that one thing that you can do in 30 seconds to make sure you keep that commitment.

Your Turn: Do you pray first thing in the morning? Does some other time work better for you?

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17 Comments

  1. jessica Diaz says:

    Thanks so much for this. it is a goal of mine for this year. Love the kicking the covers off and standing up right away idea. Usually I just lay there and gripe about how I need 5 more minutes. I totally agree about rising early and praying for direction throughout my day. I also pray for my coworkers daily because they desperately need the love of Jesus.

  2. Well done! Your tips are definitely correct.. Prayer is the opportunity to talk with God. One that we should not miss. Prayer early in the morning is a great way to start your day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours.#Grace&Truth.

  3. Tawnya Mosley says:

    Thank you for this posting.
    I’m going through things now and don’t know what direction to take.
    I have tried to get into the habit of waking early to read my morning devotional & a few minutes in the Word.
    Noticed my day seems to be more calm and balanced.
    I also read inspirational quotes I have posted up where I won’t miss seeing.
    I’m not sure if God has spoken to me in a dream.
    Is there a way I can know it’s Him or just my own thoughts?
    I would love to hear from you

    1. Keep a dream journal. Write down everything you can remember about your dream and then ask God to reveal to you what it means. Look for repeated images or patterns see what lines up with scripture.

    2. Craig L. Johnson says:

      If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all all men liberally, and unbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

      James 1:5

      You will know His voice if you continue in prayer with Him. I have been going to God first thing in the morning for the past few months asking for Him to protect my family, and lead and guide my day. Since I have been doing it the confirmation of His voice is unmistakeable. So spent that early time asking for instruction and believe what your are asking He will answer. Then be still and know He is God. Then watch Him answer!

  4. Patty Dubree says:

    Great post.. and something I have been struggling with. I like your suggestions and will kick the covers back tomorrow morning.. and will also start the journal for dreams. Thank you for the encouragement.. I needed it this morning. Many blessings to you this day!!

  5. You’ve amazingly simplified the challenge of waking up early morning, in the days of sophisticated I-phone alarm apps and other inventions. I would give it a shot, your 30 sec methodology, and see how it works for my own case.

  6. Morris Yates says:

    i agree with the first thing to seek God s face . but there is some teaching that Jesus got up early,so we have to get up early ,but they fail to tell us what time Jesus went to sleep in the night, I am pretty sure he slept around 9 pm the latest those days, Yes, we need to give a specified time to meet with God, and also we need to acknowledged him first thing when awake up….. there is no point in getting up with an alarm, and drowsing off while praying or reading the Bible,we need have reverence for our creator……i am sure no normal person can sleep more that seven to eight hours,….and if he sleeps, sure he is a lazy person or a person who love sleep, the person who loves any thing more that God is sure not worthy of is kingdom

    1. I think that the reason we don’t know what time Jesus got up is that it doesn’t really matter. Early morning will be different for everyone and every season. But the principle stands. We are to spend the first moments of our day in communication with God. And if that means that we go to bed a little earlier the night before to make that happen then go for it!

  7. Darin Olson says:

    Do you think early morning prayers have a more powerful affect?

    1. I wouldn’t say more powerful. All prayer is powerful. But I think praying before you start the day really helps you to be prepared for what might come

    2. Laurelle v. Kirton says:

      Yes. Definitely. Fewer distractions and it seems an easier access to God

  8. Venjie Juaton says:

    So blessed and Amen

  9. Antonio Villarreal says:

    Great post. I think of it similar to tithing, praying first thing in the morning is us giving our first fruits to God and therefore he blesses the rest of our day. I’ve noticed that when I pray first thing in the morning, my days are happy and filled with positive energy. Also, serendipity, i seem to be in the right place at the right time and things just go so smoothly and perfectly throughout my day.

  10. Mulenga Elijah says:

    Early morning is very important because at first we thank God for protecting us the all night, second we ask God to be with us in our daily activity and also in morning prayers is were we ask God what we want him to do for us for that particular day. Thanks very much for your encouragements.

  11. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue and mornings are a challenge. Even waking up from a mid day nap is an active fight. My mind wants to, but my body is just so groggy and weighed down. I can’t explain it. So I find at night when I no longer have the worries of the day and I turn everything else off, I get to focus on my time with God. To read his word and help with restful sleep and prayer for the next day. I feel closest to the Lord and feel his comfort and hope when I can be in the quiet of the night.

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