Anchor the day
Have you ever felt like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Have you ever been going about your day and muttered, “I should have just stayed in bed today?” We have all surely experienced the dreaded morning ‘stub of the toe’ on an edge of something or some other morning misfortune as we are still trying to fully awaken, and then say, “Oh that’s just great… I can see how this day is going to be.” How quickly our day can spiral seemingly out of control when our morning is off to a bad start.
Personally, I am blessed to be able to say that most days I wake up positive and ready to go. It's just the way I am built. Because I am such a "busy body," I am usually pretty excited to see what new experiences life will have for me in the new day. But I too have fallen prey to occasionally waking up at times in a solemn or melancholy, irritable state for really no apparent reason at all. There is one thing alone I have found that single-handedly combats this.
I have shared with you before that I wake up to worship music on my phone and when I glance to turn it off, it displays a positive saying on my screen. (See previous post for directions on how to do this). This helps of course but the most important thing I can do to start my day off right is to PRAY before my feet even hit the floor. Most of the time I whisper a similar prayer. Something like: “Good morning Lord. Thank you for another day of life. I honor you. I praise you. I ask for your favor, protection and provision again today.” My husband and I also read the word and pray together before we leave the house, which is a sacred and blessed time for us to place the Lord in the center of our day and our marriage.
But I have recently found another way to deepen even further my prayer in the morning. I feel that it is a way to truly secure my anchor of faith and fasten myself to the Lord. I carefully selected a scripture that ministered to my heart, printed it out and taped it to my bathroom mirror. Since that is usually the first place I go when I wake up, it's right there to serve as a morning reminder and again throughout the day as well, should I desire a refresher. The scripture is Psalm 143 and a couple of verses from surrounding chapters. I took snippets to form my morning prayer to sound like this…
Father God, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy;
In your faithfulness and righteousness, come to my relief.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil.
I cry to you Lord, You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me but I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.
Answer me quickly, Lord; Do not hide your face from me.
Let this morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
May your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
I will exalt you, my God the King. I will praise your name, Jehovah, for ever and ever.
In Jesus holy name, I surrender to you completely. AMEN.
I just LOVE the Psalms SO much! The prayers and songs are so beyond beautiful and when reciting them in the morning, I feel that they are artistic and poetic. How can you recite verses in Psalm to the Lord without smiling? Can you think of starting the day any better?
These particular verses just really spoke to me. You can choose any scriptures you would like that would start your day in heartfelt prayer to the Lord. You will be intentionally placing God in the beginning of your day and right in the center of it all. How can it ever really go wrong from there? No matter what the day may bring, you will have the peace of God anchored to your heart. Go ahead and give it a try. Stay encouraged.