I started praying the Lords Prayer for my morning prayer several years ago. I believe it has really revolutionized my relationship with God and everyone else I come into contact with every day. I have been thinking about why that is. It must be because the prayer itself is designed to put the worshiper in a submissive, teachable, and trusting state of heart and mind from the very beginning of the day.
This is the prayer as I am currently praying it:
Our Father, thank You for adopting me into Your household. Thank You that You are my Abba! Thank You that You are not just my nourisher, protector, and upholder, but our nourisher, protector, and upholder. Nourish, protect, and uphold my husband’s and mine unity today.
You are in heaven, and You are on your throne! Nothing is going to happen to me today that will take You by surprise. May I remember to call upon You for instruction and guidance if challenges arise for me today.
Your name is holy! And I am called by Your holy name. May I walk today in a manner worthy of the name by which I am called.
May Your kingdom come, in my heart, in my life, and in my household, this day. May I and all my household truly treat You as King, where Your word is our command.
May Your will be done this day, in my heart, in my life, and in my household. Thank you for revealing Your will to us. May I obey Your will by the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling me today. May I worship YHVH alone, may I not bow down to any idols! May I consider only Your word as true, and may I not regard the word of man or adversary that contradicts Your word. May I fear YHVH alone, and no man at all. May I not profane the holy name of YHVH by conduct unbecoming to the daughter of YHVH. May I regard as holy the Sabbath day and all Your appointed times. May I honor the memory of my father and mother, and all the delegated authority that You have placed over me for my blessing. May I especially honor and respect my husband with which You have gifted me. May I not murder or hate from my heart this day; may I not commit adultery or disloyalty to my husband, in thought, word, or deed, or lust from my heart this day. May I not steal, or bear false witness. May I not covet anything that You have not seen fit to provide for me, but may I be content, not complaining, in everything, for I am grateful for the bountiful provision of my good Abba.
This is my plan for my day today … (discuss) … may I submit to Your will if You see fit to change the shape of my day.
Give us this day our daily bread … (present day’s needs to the Lord) … Thank You for providing us with food, clothing, and shelter, and everything pertaining to life and godliness, and with that may we be content.
Forgive me my sins … (confess and repent) … as I forgive those who have sinned against me (confess and forgive). I need Your help to forgive as You would have me forgive this day!
Lead me not into temptation this day, especially with _______ and _______. Do not test me in my greatest weaknesses today! But if I am tested, please remind me to look to You for the way of escape, that I may be able to endure it. And deliver me and my household from all evil today, whether it is what we bring on to ourselves by disobedience, or that the adversary would seek to sabotage us with. Be our guide in all our day, and our rear guard!
For to You belong the kingdom — You have the authority — and to You belong the power — You have the ability — to do according to all that I have prayed. And when You do it, You will receive all the glory!
Thank you for all You are doing! In the name of Jesus, Amen.