Start Your Day With God in Morning Prayer (Even as a Busy Mum)

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Do you recognise the following? Every morning, you experience the same hectic, chaotic, and tantrum-filled routine and find it challenging to start your day with God.

I definitely used to know these kind of mornings. Until I realised how important it is to give your first moments to God.

Pretty much everybody on this planet is prepared to wake up early to go to work and please their boss. But when they have a free day or the weekend has arrived, they sleep in (except when you’re a mum).

Why does the majority of people bother to wake up early to please someone who most likely doesn’t really care about them, but cannot do the same for the Father? The One who actually deserves our attention!

From the moment this really ‘clicked’ within me, I started my day with morning prayer. And things changed very quickly… for the better!

Why It’s Important to Start Your Day With God

Just a few months ago, I discovered why it’s so important to start the day with prayer.

When we neglect to spend the first moments of the day in prayer with God, we leave the door open to our greatest enemy: Satan.

That’s when our day becomes filled with chaos, frustration, and tantrums. Before you know it, everybody’s on edge.

During the mornings when I neglected my daily morning prayer, our toddler would have the most amazing tantrums – screaming, crying, hitting, kicking. That all changed once I started my day with prayer.

Start Your Day With Prayer by Adjusting Your Routine First

Although our toddler is an early bird, waking up anywhere from 5.00am to 6.30am, I used to enjoy staying in bed until she woke up.

The problem was that she didn’t like that at all. She’d get frustrated because, most of the time, I’d struggle to get out of bed. This resulted in a lack of time for morning prayer as my daughter asked all the attention from the first second of the day.

So, I realised that the most important thing to change was my morning routine. I needed to get up earlier. This would allow me to have plenty of time to start the day with prayer.

I’ve been doing this since July 2019 and I’ve noticed a huge difference! Every morning, I get up anywhere between 4.30am and 5am. I start with a morning prayer and take about 20-30min time just for that. Then I continue with memorising Bible verses and/or Bible study.

Of course, you might think now: ‘Well, I don’t have the energy to get up that early!’ I used to believe this too. But you know what? You might actually surprise yourself!

If you feel you can’t get up early, pray for it! Pray to God and ask for the energy to change your routine. He’ll guide and help you to do so. After all, this change is to the benefit of your relationship with Him. He deserves your time and full devotion as the first One in the morning!

Don’t let the desires of the flesh win! Let the desire of your spirit win. The desire to communicate with God.

Even Jesus said it so nicely: ‘Watch and PRAY, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’ {Matt. 26:41 – KJV}.

Start your day with prayer by preparing to adjust your routine today. Get up early and enjoy some quiet time with God.

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Short Daily Prayers for Your Busy Mornings

If you’re a new mum, or have a little baby in your house, waking up a lot earlier than the rest of the family might be challenging. Or maybe you just have a few busy mornings a week when a morning prayer just seems too much to handle.

In this case, it might be better to just get up about 5-10 minutes earlier for a short prayer instead. Short daily prayers are better than no prayer at all!

You could even make a prayer list and cover one item a day. It will shorten your morning prayer while still allowing you to start the day with God.

Short Prayer for Sundays

Heavenly Father, our one and only true God, I pray You may keep us safe today from all evil. Lead us away from the temptation to sin against Your commandments. Help us to be kind, caring, and loving towards each other. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Short Prayer for Mondays

Dear Father, holy is Your name. Give us today our daily bread. Help us to grow and become more like Jesus, to follow His example every step of the way. Be with us when we go through temptations and help us to remember Your promises. In Jesus’ name I prayed. Amen.

Short Prayer for Tuesdays

Our Father in heaven, Creator of all things, I pray we may grow closer to You today while learning from the beauty you created. You gave us earth, nature, animals to enjoy. Let us remember the days you spent creating them and us. And let us never forget that You take care of us just as You care for the birds in the air and the animals on land. I prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Short Prayer for Wednesdays

Father, true and righteous are Your ways. Guide us today to be faithful to Your commandments and to walk the narrow path. Take us out of the worldly temptations, lusts, and sins and lead us to Your love, Your grace, Your truth. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Short Prayer for Thursdays

Dear heavenly Father, our God who hears our prayers and watches over us. I pray You may send Your angels to watch over us as we do our daily tasks. May Your love and Your word keep us safe from the enemy’s deceptions. Bless us with Your Spirit and bring us closer to You. In the name of our Saviour, Jesus. Amen.

Short Prayer for Fridays

Heavenly Father, the One who was, and is, and is to come; the Almighty. Thank You for saving us and breaking our chains. I pray that we may abide in Your peace today as we battle worldly temptations and the evil one. Keep us from the hour of temptation and help us overcome just as Jesus overcame. May we be reminded of Your promises and blessings throughout the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Short Prayer for Saturdays

Dear Father, praise be to You as we remember the seventh day of Your creation. Thank You for setting a day aside, for blessing and hallowing it, so we can worship and praise You. Send us Your Spirit of truth and help us to share the gospel with those who need it most. Guide us and keep us from evil underneath your precious wings. I prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Please, remember that these are prayer examples. You can adjust them to fit your needs or swap the words around. It’s best not to memorise them and make rituals from them. God doesn’t want us to repeat our prayers in vain like the heathens do {Matthew 6:7}.

It’s important to pray earnestly, with a full commitment to God. Although your morning might be busy and rushed, try to take your time and be calm while connecting with our Father.

Other Ways to Start Your Day With God

Besides morning prayer, there are many other ways you can start your day with God. Although I do recommend that prayer is the first thing you do!

Here are a few different ways you can start the day with God:

  • Memorise a new Bible verse
  • Study the Bible with a different method each day
  • Bible Journaling
  • Scripture Writing
  • Singing hymns (maybe best to do once the little ones are awake)

So although you may be busy with a house full of kids, try to make time for morning prayer. Even if it’s just with those short prayer examples I gave you earlier.

If you really struggle because of a little one keeping you awake all night, pray to God to help you start the day with Him. You can ask for a few minutes of peace, or energy to be able to get up earlier, and for a clear mind so you can focus on Him.

Jesus deserves our full attention first thing in the morning. I promise you, you will notice a difference if you make morning prayer a part of your daily routine.

Do you start your day with God? How? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below!

*This post was first published on 20 June 2019, updated on 3 December 2019*

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  • Darnita

    It’s so important to stay connected with the Lord even when we have a busy schedule. So you are so right we can not miss prayer in the mornings. When our flesh is weak we can not be strong for our families. Thank you for posting.

    • Ann

      That’s right! Morning prayer does make us stronger. 🙂 Thank you for visiting, Darnita.

  • Donna Miller

    It is so important to start our day with Jesus because everything else will fall into place behind Him. Especially when I’m super busy, it is even more important for me to surrender to Him first. I love how you laid out sample prayers for each day of the week. Sweet post! ❤

    • Ann

      Oh, absolutely! We tend to ‘forget’ when we are busy, but it’s especially important then. Jesus is able to calm us down and most likely, even the most busy day can become child’s play. 🙂 Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • Christina Dronen

    It’s so encouraging to read about how you start your day with God. I’m kind of your “before picture” right now – waiting for the baby to wake me. And I have the same problem – that my day starts by running around and taking care of the kids instead of the peaceful God-centered morning I’d really like to have.

    I’m starting with your suggestion to pray that God will give me the strength to do the hard thing & wake up before the kids!

    • Ann

      Hi Christina, thank you for your comment! Your words immediately took me back to the way it was before. I totally understand how you’re feeling right now. The prayer for a change is exactly how I started too (and was answered really quickly!). God loves to hear us reach out to Him, especially when the request will help you grow closer to Him. I’ll add you to my prayer list as well, so that you hopefully may be able to wake up before the rest of the family and start your day with God. God bless you!

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