7 Days Rise and Shine - a Devotional for Beginning Your Day With God

"The Importance of Starting Your Day with God" (Psalm 5:3)

In Psalm 5:3, David writes, "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." This verse reminds us of the importance of starting our day with God and laying our requests before Him in prayer.


When we wake up in the morning, our minds and hearts are often cluttered with the worries and tasks of the day ahead. But by starting our day with God, we are reminded of His sovereignty and power over all things. We are reminded that He is in control and that we can trust Him with our concerns.


In Isaiah 40:31, it says, "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." When we start our day with God, we are reminded that He is our strength and that we can trust in Him to give us the energy and endurance we need to face the day ahead.


Starting our day with God also helps us to set our priorities for the day. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus teaches us to seek first His kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to us as well. When we start our day with God, we are reminded to put Him and His will first in our lives and to trust that He will provide for us.


Furthermore, starting our day with God helps us to be more aware of His presence throughout the day. In Psalm 16:8, David writes, "I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." When we start our day with God, we are reminded to keep Him at the forefront of our thoughts and to be aware of His presence throughout the day.


In conclusion, starting our day with God is important because it reminds us of His sovereignty and power, it gives us strength, it helps us set our priorities and it keeps us aware of His presence throughout the day. As we start our day with God, let us pray this prayer:



Prayer:


Heavenly Father, as we begin this new day, we come before you with humble hearts, ready to lay our requests before you and wait expectantly. We acknowledge your sovereignty and power over all things and we trust in you to give us the strength and endurance we need to face the day ahead. Help us to set our priorities and to seek your kingdom and righteousness first in our lives. Keep us aware of your presence throughout the day and remind us to keep our eyes always on you. 


In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.



"Creating a Morning Routine that Includes Time with God" (Psalm 119:147)

"I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways." Psalm 119:15


Starting your day with a morning routine that includes time with God is essential for spiritual growth and understanding His word. A morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day and helps to focus your mind and heart on the things that truly matter.


One way to begin your morning routine is by reading a passage of scripture. The Bible is the word of God and contains all the wisdom and guidance we need to live a fulfilling life. Reading and meditating on the word of God in the morning helps to center your mind and heart on Him.


"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105


Another way to include time with God in your morning routine is through prayer. Prayer is a powerful tool that allows us to communicate with God and express our gratitude, needs, and desires. It is also a way for us to acknowledge our dependence on Him and to seek His guidance and wisdom.


"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3


In addition to reading scripture and prayer, you may also want to consider incorporating other spiritual practices into your morning routine such as journaling, singing hymns, or listening to worship music. These activities can help to deepen your connection with God and to focus your mind and heart on Him.


"Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day." Isaiah 12:4


Creating a morning routine that includes time with God is not always easy, but it is worth the effort. It takes discipline and commitment, but the benefits are far-reaching and eternal. As you spend time with God in the morning, you will find that your day is filled with peace, joy, and purpose.



Prayer:


Heavenly Father,


Thank you for this new day and the opportunity to spend time with you. Help me to create a morning routine that includes time with you. Give me the discipline and commitment to read your word, pray, and to incorporate other spiritual practices into my routine. Help me to focus my mind and heart on you, so that my day may be filled with peace, joy, and purpose.


 In Jesus' name, Amen.


"The Power of Prayer in Your Morning Devotions" (Psalm 5:1-3)

Psalm 5:1-3 says, "Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."


These verses remind us of the importance of starting our day by seeking guidance and direction from God through prayer. When we begin our morning devotions by lifting up our hearts and minds to the Lord, we are setting the tone for the day ahead. We are acknowledging our dependence on Him and placing our trust in Him to guide us and protect us as we go about our daily tasks.


One of the key phrases in this passage is "in the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice." This tells us that God is attentive to our prayers, and that He is ready and willing to hear us whenever we call upon Him. This is a great encouragement for us as we begin our day, knowing that we can always turn to God in prayer and that He will hear us.


Another important aspect of this passage is the idea of "laying our requests before" God and "waiting in expectation." This tells us that we should approach God with specific requests and then trust that He will answer them in His perfect timing. We should come before God with a sense of expectancy, knowing that He is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).


In addition to bringing our specific requests before God, it's also important to spend time in quiet meditation and reflection. Psalm 46:10 says "Be still and know that I am God." By spending time in silence, we allow ourselves to quiet our minds and focus on God's presence. This can be a powerful way to start our day, as it helps us to center ourselves and gain perspective on the day ahead.


As we spend time in prayer and meditation in the morning, we can also ask God to help us to be more aware of His presence throughout the day. Psalm 16:8 says, "I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." By keeping our focus on God, we are better able to navigate the challenges and temptations that we may face throughout the day.


Finally, Psalm 5:3 remind us to pray with thanksgiving. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As we start our day by giving thanks to God for all that He has done for us, we are reminded of His faithfulness and goodness. This can help us to approach the day with a positive attitude, knowing that God is with us and that He has a plan for our lives.


In conclusion, starting our day with prayer and devotion is an important way to set the tone for the day ahead. By seeking guidance and direction from God, we are reminded of His presence and His willingness to hear our prayers. As we spend time in quiet meditation and bring our requests before Him, we can trust that He will answer them in His perfect timing. Let us pray:



Prayer:


Heavenly Father, 


We come to you this morning with open hearts and minds, seeking your guidance and direction as we begin a new day. We thank you for your faithfulness and goodness, and we ask that you would be with us as we go about our daily tasks. Help us to be more aware of your presence throughout the day, and to navigate the challenges and temptations we may face. 


We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.



"Reading the Bible: Finding a Plan and a Translation that Works for You" (Psalm 119:105)

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." - Psalm 119:105


When it comes to reading the Bible, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. With so many translations and reading plans to choose from, it can be difficult to find a plan and translation that works for you. But, as Psalm 119:105 reminds us, the Word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It guides us and illuminates the way forward.


One way to begin reading the Bible is to start with a plan. Many people find it helpful to have a structured plan for reading the Bible, such as reading a certain number of chapters each day. The Bible App (YouVersion) offers many different reading plans for different purposes, such as reading through the entire Bible in a year, reading through the New Testament in a month, or reading through specific books of the Bible. It also offers plans for specific topics like Marriage, Parenting, and Financial Wisdom.


Another approach is to find a translation that works for you. Different translations of the Bible can provide different perspectives on the text, so it's important to find one that you can understand and connect with. Some popular translations include the New International Version (NIV), the English Standard Version (ESV), and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).


In addition to finding a plan and translation that works for you, it's also important to remember the context in which the Bible was written. The Bible was written over a period of thousands of years and in a variety of different cultures and contexts. It's important to understand the historical and cultural background of the texts you're reading in order to fully understand their meaning.


Another way to deepen your understanding of the Bible is by studying the Bible with others. Joining a Bible study group or taking a class on the Bible can provide valuable perspective and insight into the text. The Bible is not meant to be read in isolation, but rather as part of a community of believers.


In conclusion, reading the Bible can be a rewarding and life-changing experience. By finding a plan and translation that works for you, understanding the context in which the Bible was written, and studying the Bible with others, you can deepen your understanding and connection to the Word of God.


Prayer:


 Dear God, thank you for the gift of your Word. Help us to find a plan and translation that works for us, and to understand the context in which it was written. Give us the wisdom to study your Word in a community of believers, and to apply it to our lives. 


In Jesus' name we pray Amen.


"Journaling: Writing Down Your Thoughts and Prayers" (Psalm 139:23-24)

Psalm 139:23-24 says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."


As believers, we are called to examine our hearts and minds before the Lord. One way to do this is through journaling - writing down our thoughts and prayers. This practice can help us to reflect on the things that weigh on our hearts and bring them before the Lord in prayer.


In Psalm 42:5, the Psalmist writes, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." This verse reminds us that when we are feeling down or disturbed, we can put our hope in God and give him praise. Journaling can be a helpful tool in this process, as it allows us to take our thoughts and emotions and put them on paper, where we can examine them and bring them before the Lord in prayer.


Another verse that speaks to the power of journaling is Psalm 119:97-104, "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not turned aside from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"


In this passage, the Psalmist expresses their love for God's word and the wisdom that comes from meditating on it. Journaling can be a way to meditate on scripture and apply it to our lives. By writing down our thoughts and prayers, we can reflect on the truth of God's word and how it applies to us personally.


Another way that journaling can be beneficial is through the act of confession. In 1 John 1:9, it says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." When we journal, we can take time to confess our sins and bring them before the Lord. This can be a powerful way to experience his forgiveness and cleansing.


In conclusion, journaling can be a valuable tool for believers to examine their hearts and minds before the Lord. By writing down our thoughts and prayers, we can reflect on the things that weigh on our hearts, meditate on scripture, and confess our sins. Through this practice, we can experience God's wisdom, forgiveness, and guidance.



Prayer:


Dear Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to journal our thoughts and prayers. We ask that you would guide us as we reflect on the things that weigh on our hearts and meditate on your word. Help us to confess our sins and experience your forgiveness and cleansing. We trust in your guidance and love for us.


In Jesus name,  Amen.



"The Role of Worship and Music in Your Morning Devotions" (Psalm 96:1-2)

"Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!" - Psalm 96:1-2


Worship and music play a vital role in our morning devotions as they set the tone for our day and remind us of the greatness and goodness of God. In Psalm 96, the psalmist calls on all the earth to sing a new song to the Lord and to declare his glory and marvelous works among the nations.


One of the key ways that worship and music help us in our morning devotions is by refocusing our hearts and minds on God. In a world filled with distractions and competing demands, it is easy to get caught up in our own concerns and worries. But when we take time to sing and play music to the Lord, we remind ourselves that he is the one who is truly in control and that he is worthy of our praise and adoration.


Another important aspect of worship and music in our morning devotions is that it helps us to remember and declare the salvation that God has provided for us. The psalmist calls on us to "tell of his salvation from day to day" and to "declare his glory among the nations." When we sing and play music to the Lord, we remember the incredible sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for our sins and the freedom and hope that we have because of his death and resurrection.


In addition to these benefits, worship and music also help us to connect with God and with other believers in a deeper and more meaningful way. When we sing and play music together, we are united in our praise and adoration of God, and we are reminded that we are not alone in our faith journey.


One way to incorporate worship and music in your morning devotions is by setting aside time to sing and play your favorite worship songs. You can play them on your phone, tablet or computer. You can also listen to a worship album or playlist that you find uplifting and encouraging. This is a great way to start your day by focusing on God and his goodness.


Another way to incorporate worship and music in your morning devotions is by reading and reflecting on the lyrics of worship songs. Many worship songs are based on biblical passages, and by reading and meditating on the lyrics, you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the passage.


Finally, end your morning devotions with a prayer of gratitude and adoration. Thank God for his goodness and faithfulness, and ask him to help you to remember and declare his salvation throughout the day.


In conclusion, worship and music play a vital role in our morning devotions. They help us to refocus our hearts and minds on God, remember and declare his salvation, connect with God and with other believers in a deeper and more meaningful way. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 96:1-2 to sing a new song to the Lord, bless His name, and tell of His salvation. Let us heed this call and make worship and music a central part of our morning devotions.


Prayer:


Dear Lord,


We thank you for the gift of worship and music, and we ask that you would help us to make it a central part of our morning devotions. We pray that as we sing and play music to you, our hearts and minds would be refocused on you and your goodness. Help us to remember and declare your salvation throughout the day, and to connect with you and other believers in a deeper and more meaningful way.


We bless your holy name and give you all the glory and honor. We ask that you would guide us throughout this day and give us the strength and wisdom to serve you and others in all that we do. We pray that you lives and that your love would shine through us, impacting those around us. We trust in your faithfulness and know that you are with us always. 


In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.


"Staying Consistent and Focused: Overcoming Challenges and Distractions" (Psalm 1:1-2)

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." (Psalm 1:1-2)


As believers, we are called to live a consistent and focused life, one that is rooted in the Word of God and guided by His principles. However, this can often be easier said than done, as we are constantly faced with challenges and distractions that can pull us away from our walk with the Lord.


One of the main distractions that we must overcome is the influence of the wicked. Just as the Psalmist writes, we are not to walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners. In other words, we are not to allow ourselves to be led astray by those who do not follow God's ways. Instead, we are to be careful to surround ourselves with people who will encourage and support us in our walk with the Lord.


Another distraction that we must overcome is the temptation to become complacent in our faith. Just as the Psalmist writes, we are not to sit in the seat of scoffers. In other words, we are not to become so comfortable in our faith that we begin to take it for granted and lose sight of its importance. Instead, we are to remain vigilant and constantly strive to grow in our understanding and knowledge of God's Word.


The key to staying consistent and focused in our walk with the Lord is to make the Word of God a central part of our lives. Just as the Psalmist writes, our delight is to be in the law of the Lord, and on His law we are to meditate day and night. This means that we are to make the study and application of God's Word a daily priority, allowing it to guide and shape every aspect of our lives.


One practical way to do this is to set aside time each day to read and reflect on scripture. This could be in the form of a daily devotional, reading a chapter of the Bible each day, or even setting aside a specific time each day to simply meditate on a verse or passage. Additionally, attending church regularly and being involved in a small group or Bible study can also help us stay consistent and focused in our walk with the Lord.


As we make the Word of God a central part of our lives, we will find that we are better able to overcome the challenges and distractions that we face. We will be strengthened in our faith and better equipped to resist temptation, and we will be filled with peace and joy as we walk in the ways of the Lord.



Prayer:


Dear Lord, we thank you for your Word, which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We ask that you would help us to stay consistent and focused in our walk with you, and to resist the distractions and temptations that we face. We ask that you would give us a love and delight for your Word, and that you would help us to meditate on it day and night. We also ask that you would give us the wisdom and discernment to surround ourselves with people who will encourage and support us in our walk with you.


We ask this in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen