Morning Prayer

February 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection

MORNING PRAYER is a time of recognition that God, who never slumbers or sleeps, has been at work while we have been at rest. Morning prayer is not the beginning of the day. It is an act of anticipation–reorienting ourselves to God, affirming our faith, and renewing our intention to live for God in this new day.

…You never pray alone. God is right where you are and, as you pray, you are connecting with others all over the world who are also praying.

When you are ready, find your accustomed devotional place or another suitable location for this time of prayer, renewing your covenant with God.

Prayer for Today:
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation” (Ps. 62:1).

- Steve Harper

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Today’s Question

Do you start your day with prayer? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone carrying a heavy burden. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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robert moeller February 20, 2014 at 2:00 am

I start the day with devotions and prayer is part of that.

Lord, there are many people with heavy burdens. You are with everyone.
May all recognize Your presence. With You heavy burdens can be – are resolved. Thank You Lord. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Thank You Jill for your prayer support.

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Jill February 20, 2014 at 3:29 am

I begin each morning in my blue chair…with prayer, reading, meditation. My cat passes in and out of the room, making his way to several windows, and back and forth to breakfast. I am a very routine oriented person, but I try to keep this time fresh and new, even though it is part of my morning routine.

It is interesting to think that I joins thousands of others praying at this time. Our God is an Awesome God!

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Connie February 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

Yes, I begin my day with prayer while my head is still on my pillow. I think Jill made an interesting observation….thousands praying. We are one in the spirit.

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Sally February 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

I am the same, Connie. Then I sit in silence for a few minutes before I dash out the door. My devotions I read at the office before I start my work.

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craig February 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I usually pray as I go to bed. Must be a habit from my childhood. I start by thanking God for all he has done for me that day.

I can see the point of praying in the morning, I believe I will add that to my routine. Like Sally, I read my devotion at work first thing.

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