365 Pocket Morning Prayers
Strength and Joy to Begin Each Day by David R. Veerman and The Barton-Veerman Co.
Prayer is a privilege. What an amazing truth that God invites us to talk with him. We don’t have to perform a special ritual, and prayer isn’t limited to certain times of the day or year. This means we can speak with God anytime because of what Christ has done: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer is personal. When you gave your life to Christ, you became a member of God’s family—“born again” (John 3:3) and “adopted” (Romans 8:15-16). God is all-powerful, eternal, and the sovereign ruler of the universe, but he is also your Father.
As God’s child, you can talk openly and honestly with him— whether enjoying in- depth conversations or brief chats. He loves you and welcomes you. “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).
Prayer is powerful. You may have heard the phrase, “Prayer changes things.” It’s true. We don’t know how that works, just that it does, because that’s what God promises. Scripture encourages us to “search for the Lord” (1Chronicles 16:11), to “be near God” (Psalm 73:28), to bring all our “requests” to him, telling him “what [we] need” (Psalm 5:3; Philippians 4:6), and to “never stop praying” (1Thessalonians 5:17).
That’s because “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16).
This book was written to support and encourage you in your daily conversations with God. Called “morning prayers,” each one is designed to help you see how you can honor and serve him for the next twenty-four hours and beyond.
Each day highlights a different topic and includes a related Scripture passage (occasionally you will find two passages). The prayer itself may involve praise, confession, or challenge, all with the purpose of drawing you closer to God.
You may choose to read and pray through each day consecutively. Throughout the book, you will find that the prayers appear in sets of seven days, with the sixth and seventh days shorter (two to a page).
Instead of reading straight through, another option is to consult the index in the back to find a topic that will help you with an urgent need or give words to something you may be experiencing.
Although each prayer is short, resist the temptation to read quickly. Instead, spend a few moments and think about what you are saying to God, personalizing each one. In these conversations with him, allow some time to listen.