Most of us begin the day with a loud alarm to disturb our peaceful sleep. Then, we struggle to get out of bed, to move on. Our mornings begin with the usual activities of washing, maybe grabbing a quick bite to eat, and off we go. Or, for many who are working out of our homes, we still try to keep that routine of beginning our work or activity at a specific time.
How we awake in the morning and begin our day can have an influence on how the rest of the day goes. The old cliché we have heard often, “You must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed,” tells us that someone is exhibiting moodiness, unhappiness, or negative feelings. To begin the day with a good attitude takes time — and that time is precious!
There are many benefits to morning prayer; the more you include prayer in your mornings and throughout the day, you will realize its numerous benefits. Let’s look at three particular benefits.
Begin with an Attitude of Gratitude
First, we can say morning prayer sets our attitude for the day, so that we can approach it with gratitude. Prayer is an act of adoration to God, who is our Creator and our Heavenly Father. He knows us more than we know ourselves. Isn’t this remarkable? It’s a good thought to have throughout the day; realizing God knows us.
Each morning, I thank God for the gift of life. Oh yes, there are times I don’t feel so great — maybe I didn’t get enough sleep, or am not feeling well. Nevertheless, it is a choice I make; to approach God to thank Him and ask Him to bless and guide me through the day. You can always add: “It’s going to be a tough day… I surely need your guidance!”
Jesus began his day with prayer. It is noted in Mark (1:35),
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
Hope For Your Daily Journey
A second benefit of morning prayer is that it can provide assurance that we are not alone as we step out into the world — whether that world is our own home with our responsibilities, the workplace, or an outdoor project. We are aware that we are not alone, because we have already invited the Lord to be with us and guide us. This is what faith is about; believing and trusting God is with us!
A third benefit as we choose to pray each morning; we can become aware of our blessings and God’s presence. There will be days we may not seem to be blessed at all, but just because we don’t “feel” blessed, doesn’t change the reality that God is real and is as close to us as our next breath. This is a huge benefit; to know God is there no matter what we feel or what we are going through.
St. Mary MacKillop tells us, “Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them cheerfully, remembering whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid.” This is a step towards surrendering everything to our Heavenly Father, trusting in His Divine Mercy.
Make Each Morning Special
Morning prayer is a very special time. Whether it be one minute or more; this is a time to be connected to God’s heart! In Proverbs (8:17), God tells us:
“Those who love me I also love, and those who seek me find me.”
I would like to share this simple, morning prayer. (Certainly, you can make your own.)
Good morning, God! Thank you for this new day, for the gift of life. I ask you to guide me in all I do and say. I am well aware I cannot make it on my own. Take my hand and walk with me this day. Thank you!
Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.
Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.