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10morning &eveningprayersBEGIN AND ENDEACH DAY BYDR AWING CLOSERTO GOD1 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

This is the day that the Lord has made;let us rejoice and be glad in it.P S A L M 118:2 4A morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time andattention on seeking God’s plan for the day ahead. Whetheryou need encouragement, peace, strength, or rest, God canmeet you in a very real and present way when you comebefore him with a humble heart. Seek God’s presence eachmorning before your energy and attention is pulled by allthe tasks you have ahead.2 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGLord,May nothing separate me from you today. Teach me how tochoose only your way today so each step will lead me closerto You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings.Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect mefrom my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. Andkeep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires,MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embracewhat comes my way as an opportunity. rather than apersonal inconvenience. And finally, help me to rest in thetruth of Psalm 86:13, “Great is your love toward me.” Youalready see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But rightnow, I consciously tuck your whisper of absolute love forme into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize your lovefor me is not based on my performance. You love me wartsand all. That’s amazing. But what’s most amazing is that theSavior of the world would desire a few minutes with me thismorning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it isto sit with you like this. Amen.Lysa Terkeurst3 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGBless us with rest tonight, Jesus, and a good night’s sleep.Forgive us for the things we did today that did not honoryou. Thank you for loving us so much and that you know usthrough and through. We need your help every day, and wethank you for the strength you give and for helping us knowthat with you, even hard things are possible. Bless our familyand our home, and keep us safe through the night. May yourangels guard us and watch over us, just like you promised.You’ve told us we are just like sheep. And that you lead usand guard us like a shepherd. You know our names, andyou make us feel special and loved. When we hurt, you helpus feel better. Thank you, Jesus, for your good care and forgiving us [mom/dad/parents/foster parents/pastors] to help.Thank you for the Bible, and for teaching us stuff in life thathelps us grow. Bless the people in our world, and help themto know you love them, too. Thank you for all the peoplewho help us so much: teachers, doctors, policeman, andfireman—and so many more.Thank you for your good plan for our lives. Help us to obeyyou and love you more and more. When we awake in themorning, put a smile on our face and your purpose in ourhearts, ready to start a new day. We love you, Jesus. Goodnight. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.Rebecca Barlow Jordan4 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGI got up early one morningAnd rushed right into the day;I had so much to accomplishThat I didn’t have time to pray.Problems just tumbled about me,And heavier came each task;“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.He answered, “You didn’t ask.”I wanted to see joy and beautyBut the day toiled on gray and bleakI wondered why God didn’t show meHe said, “But you didn’t seek”,I tried to come into God’s presence;I used all my keys in the lock.God gently and lovingly chided,“My child, you didn’t knock.”I woke up early this morning,And paused before entering the day;I had so much to accomplishThat I had to take time to pray.author unknown5 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGDear God, we thank you tonight for the good day and forthe special way you take care of us all the time. Thank youfor the fun times outside and the quiet times inside, and forhelping us learn new things every day.Thank you for creating us special, exactly the way youwanted. Thank you for protecting us throughout the day.Forgive us for the wrong things we do. Thank you for lovingus even when we disobey or try to do things our way. Helpus to always choose your way, God, because it’s always best.We pray for all the people who don’t know you, and thatthey will come to understand your love for them, too.Bless our family and thank you for good times together andapart. Bless our friends and those we love, including ourgrandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins. Thank youfor our home and a place to sleep and good food to eat.Help us rest well, give us peaceful dreams, and send yourangels around our home to protect us throughout the night.Teach us to trust you and to love you more and more. Youare good; you are great; and you are faithful, God. And welove you. Good night. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.Rebecca Barlow Jordan6 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGDear God,Thank you for another day. Please watch over my family andfriends. Thank you!Amen.I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at myright hand, I will not be shaken.Psalm 16:87 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NG.for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power andlove and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7A Short Night-time PrayerFor God’s not given me a spirit of fear,But a spirit of love,and of power, and a sound mind,To live each day and glorify his name.8 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGDear Lord,I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I doknow that you are my Rock and my Fortress. You are myShield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself toyou today. Teach me how to stand strong in you and chooseonly your way today. Help me walk by your truth and not myfeelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my wayas an opportunity to see you at work and as an opportunityto point others to you. Thank you that you love me andnothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail todayand fall short, you whisper your unconditional love deep intomy soul and remind me that your mercies are new everymorning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank you for meetingwith me today. Would you wake me again tomorrow withthe same sweet whisper of your love? I can’t wait to meetwith you again.In Jesus’ name, amen.Wendy Blight9 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGPopular Child’s Bedtime Prayer, 18th CenturyNow I lay me down to sleep,I pray the Lord my soul to keep.If I should die before I wake,I pray the Lord my soul to take.Alternative Version for Children:Now I lay me down to sleep,I pray the Lord my soul to keep,Watch and guard me through the night,and wake me with the morning light.Amen.10 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGLord,Give me strength in my weakness. Give me faith in myheart. Give me power in my powerlessness. I’m trusting inyou.Amen.You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,because he trusts in you.Isaiah 26:311 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGA Beautiful Prayer to End the DayHeavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m readyto turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for yourfaithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when thingsmay not go the way I plan, or when the world seems inchaos, because you are in control.For all the times when I was aware of your help today, allthe times when your unseen presence seemed so near,thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind thescenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angelsmoved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you forthose also, Lord.Forgive me for any foolish actions on my part today orthings I did without first asking your blessing or wisdom.Those are moments I’d rather forget, but I’m so gratefulfor your forgiveness when I ask. I never want to go to bedwithout clearing the air between us, Lord. Our friendshipmeans too much, and your holiness deserves that. Thankyou for loving me just as I am. Your love compels me to giveyou my all and fills my heart with praise for the relationshipwe share because of Jesus. (Continued on next page)12 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

E V E N I N G C O N T.As I close my eyes tonight, I’m praying for loved ones aroundme, for friends and those who need to know you, Lord. I’mpraying that your love, like the billions of stars in the nightsky outside, will touch them and help them see who youreally are. I pray for our world and those in it. I pray for theirneeds as well as my own.Grant me a good night’s sleep tonight, God, so that I canawake refreshed and ready to begin another day lovingyou. Thank you again for blessings so undeserved and toonumerous to count. I love being your child, and I long forthe word “faithful” to describe my service to you, each dayof every year. When I awake in the morning, may it be witha joyful smile, not a grumpy spirit. May your protectionand your presence bathe this place with peace and safetyagainst the enemy. Good night, Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen.Rebecca Barlow Jordan13 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGLord,Grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through thisday. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going.Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. Andgive me courage to do whatever needs to be done.In Jesus’ name, amen.Dr. Ray PritchardFor God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit ofpower, of love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:714 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGFather, we thank thee for the night,And for the pleasant morning light;For rest and food and loving care,And all that makes the day so fair.Help us to do the things we should,To be to others kind and good;In all we do, in work or play,To grow more loving every day.Rebecca Weston - 189015 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGFather,My heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone.Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem todescribe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry myheavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let merest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy inthe morning.In Jesus’ name, amen.Ron MooreDo not be anxious about anything, but in everything,by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present yourrequests to God. And the peace of God which transcends allunderstanding, will guard your hearts and your mind inChrist Jesus.Philippians 4:6–716 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGBedtime Prayer (song by Twila Paris)Now I lay me down to sleepI pray dear Lord that you will keepYour eyes upon this sleeping worldEvery little boy and girlBless the children far awayThe ones who don’t know how to prayThose who are not feeling wellThe little one the slipped and fellBless the puppy down the streetThe neighbors I have yet to meetBless my mom and dad especiallyJust one more thing I’d like to sayBefore I close another dayI’d like to thank you Lord for all the waysThat You bless me17 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

E V E N I N G C O N T.Bless the child whose home is tornThe babies who are not yet bornBless the ones who take your wordTo all the hearts that have not heardBless all your children everywhereI hope they know how much you careMaybe someday I can goAnd tell them that You love them soBless Grandma and my Grandpa tooAnd all my friend and all they doBless every twig upon my family treeJust one more thing I’ll say to youI’m so amazed by all you doI’ll thank you once again because it’s trueThat you bless me18 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGDear Lord,Help me remember what a difference it makes when I maketime with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in bodyand spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and tohear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdomover my heart as I prepare to go into my day.In Jesus’ name, amen.Traci MilesIf any of your lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who givesgenerously to all without finding fault, and it will be given tohim.James 1:519 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

EV EN I NGThe Examen (Evening Reflection)Written by St. Ignatius Loyola, the Examen is a daily processfor prayerfully reflecting on your day.1. Remember God’s presence.Even after a trying day, God will quiet your soul as youremember His presence and intentionally seek to enter intoit. Remember He’s with you. Invite Him to make Himselfpresent to you.2. Respond to Him with thanks.Giving thanks gives God glory and helps us look on thebright side of a bad day. What small blessings can you thankGod for?3. Reflect on how God showed Himself to you.God reveals himself through scripture, but we also seeglimpses of him in nature, events, and people. SometimesHe shows up loudly through miraculous, divine intervention.Other times He shows Himself quietly through the beauty20 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

E V E N I N G C O N T.of a flower or an earnest conversation. As you look backover your day, can you identify moments where you sensedGod’s revelation or intervention?4. Repent of your failings.I don’t like recognizing my own sin, but repentance is key tocontinual renewal in our relationship with God.As you reflecton your day, remember specific points where you failed.Bring your shortcomings before God and ask Him to forgiveyou.5. Resolve to grow.God is in the business of changing us, so don’t let yourfailings discourage or define you. His mercies are alwaysnew. Accept His forgiveness. Ask Him for grace to change. Isthere anything you need to make right or anyone you needto apologize to? What can you do differently tomorrow?21 10 Morning and Evening Prayers to Use Daily

MOR N I NGGod,Please enlighten my mind with truth;Inflame my heart with love;Inspire my will with