“Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of Thee, let my first impulse be to worship Thee, let my first speech be to Thy name, let my first action be to kneel before Thee in prayer.” –John Baillie from A Diary of Private Prayer.
Consider how you start your day…
When your alarm goes off in the morning what is your first thought? Do you rollover and grab your phone and check Facebook or email messages? Do you groan because you didn’t get enough sleep? Or, do you start worrying about what’s coming up in the day?
If any of these are true then this post is perfect for you. This morning I started my day using the first reading in John Baillie’s book, A Diary of Private Prayer. I am so grateful I did. The quote above is the first few opening lines of a longer prayer that touched my soul and reminded me how it important grounded myself in God is before going into the day.
Starting the day in prayer can set the tone for the entire day and make the difference between a peaceful day or a harried day, between a trusting day or a worrisome day.
I have to be honest. I started my day with a headache and drug into it reluctantly. However, when I slowed down nevertheless and made myself focus in prayer, this one small action was like pushing a reset button on my soul. I still have a headache, but I am not walking around like Eeyore staring at the world through a negative lens.
In today’s podcast I share the rest of John Baillie’s prayer that the quote above was extracted from. I encourage you to listen to the episode and get a copy of “A Diary of Private Prayer.” This is hands down my favorite prayer book.
I love the book because Baillie provides a month’s worth of morning and evening prayers with a blank page facing each one that you can use to write your own prayer. I have found this beneficial both because his prayers are so beautiful written that they enrich my pray life and the process of writing my own prayers keeps me better focused while praying. You should check his book out. I’ve provided a link below.
So how will you start your day tomorrow? Even if you don’t use Baillie’s prayer book, what could you do to remind yourself to pray first thing in the morning. You may want to try setting an additional alarm as a reminder or setting your bible out as a visual trigger.
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST
- A Diary of Private Prayer
- Tips on Prayer, A Quick Start Guide to Improving Your Prayer Life (see details below)
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