Daily Devotional Prayer Guide
This resource is meant to help you if you are looking for a template to help incorporate prayer into your daily routine. The practice is meant to take 15-20 minutes. Begin by reading the scripture verse and then begin your reflection and prayer on the statement or question listed below each verse. It’s ok if your mind wanders. Just guide yourself back to the scripture if it does. The more you practice the discipline the easier it becomes to maintain focus. Follow the prompt if you need guidance to direct your reflection or if you need to bring yourself back after becoming distracted. Spend 2-3 minutes (more time if you would like) on each section. I would also recommend that you pair this prayer time with the daily reading of scripture.
Allow God To Search Your Heart:
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way."- Psalm 139:23-24
Begin your time in prayer by asking God to reveal to you unnecessary anxieties and anything that may be an offense to him.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
Confess your sins to God and accept his forgiveness. Contemplate his willingness to forgive and to purify you.
Remember What God Has Done:
"I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago." - Psalm 77:11
Contemplate how God has been good to you, to the people that you know, to his people, and his church throughout history.
God is Good:
"The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." - Psalm 145:9
Consider the goodness of God. What mercies have you seen in the past? What mercies do you hope to see today?
Trust in God:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
What are the areas that you have seen your trust of God rewarded? What are the areas that you need to trust God more fully?
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.' - 1 Chronicles 16:34
List the things in your life that you are thankful for.
Review The Day to Come:
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." - Ephesians 6:8
Pray for any requests that you have, anything weighing on your heart and mind, and the burdens of others.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Close your time by reciting the Lord’s prayer. Recite it slowly and deliberately. Contemplate each phrase as you recite it. Consider what each line means and how it applies to how you should move through your day.
"Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen."