Are you a Christ-follower who wants to start every day with God but has a hard time organizing to do this? This post will give you a short but powerful routine you can incorporate into your schedule daily, even on the most rushed days. Learn here how to focus your heart and mind on God in the first six minutes of every day.
Please note this does not replace longer times of devotions or study but this is to at least set a minimum for daily focus.
First, Prepare the Night Before
Pick Out a Worship Song
Go on your smartphone and choose a worship song to play in the morning. Select something that really inspires you to praise God. I have a list of some very uplifting worship songs here (with links to YouTube for snippets) if you would like some ideas.
Prepare Your Scripture Declarations
Write out 10 scripture declarations (this is a one-time event). Pick 3 that remind you who God is; then 3 that remind you who you are in Christ; and then 4 about how you live your life in Christ. Declaring scripture out loud is part of renewing your mind so you are positioned to operate in your full identity as a child of God. Pick the scriptures that really resonate for you.
Joyce Meyer has a beautiful list of scripture declarations she has used for years. You can look at her list for some inspiration.
I have also put together a list of 14 scriptures on beautiful watercolor scripture cards covering areas like the love of God, God’s protection, God’s provision and the like which you can grab for free below to use as you like.
Keep your chosen scriptures on the wall beside your mirror.
Get Ready to Write Down Anything God Tells You
Keep a pen and notebook beside your bed.
Have a Bible App Ready to Give you Some Scripture
Get a bible app that feeds you a scripture in the morning. Please see this post for free bible apps.
Second, Before You Leave the Bed
As you start waking up, thank God before you open your eyes (quietly if you do not want to wake up your spouse!). Think of at least ten things to genuinely thank God for. Do not just repeat the same things every day! (1 minute)
Pray a prayer of dedication and surrender to God.
Ask God to guide you today to do whatever it is He wants from your life today. Let Him know you surrender your time, energy, money, and your whole self to Him today to be used for His glory and to bring Him pleasure. If He shows you anyone you must forgive, repent of unforgiveness before God. Then forgive that person and pray good things for them. Ask Him to guide you to the people He wants to touch this day and to give you the words and actions that express His love best. (45 seconds).
Pray for anyone or any need that God has laid on your heart (briefly).
When you pray, do so with faith and thanksgiving, expecting God to bring a good result in response to your prayer. He loves you as a divine Father and He cares about your requests. Leave any requests with the Lord joyfully expecting a good result from His hand. (45 seconds)
Read the scripture on your phone which you picked out the night before. (30 seconds)
Wait on God and Listen
Quietly wait on God to see if He has anything to say to you before you get out of bed. Using the notepad and pen you set out the night before write out anything God lays on your heart. (1 minute)
Third, Get Out of Bed
Set Your Attitude for the Day
As you get out of bed and walk to the washroom, pump your fists over your head like you scored a goal and say “Yes!! this is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it”. Mean it!!!! (0 seconds, multitasking)
Attitude of Worship
Put on the worship song you picked out the night before and worshipfully listen as you brush your teeth. (0 seconds, multitasking)
Look at the ten scriptures you wrote out the night before which are beside your mirror. Read them out loud in front of the mirror. Read them with verve. (1 minute)
Focus in On God
When you shower, focus in on God. Imagine what it is like to be in God’s presence in Heaven praising Him continually with the angels.
(0 seconds, multitasking)
Write Out Your Schedule
Once you are showered and dressed, write out your schedule for the day. Take into consideration anything the Lord may have told you in your quiet time. (1 minute)
Summary on How to Start Every Day with God
So, there you have it. A six-minute routine you can do every single day to get focused on God as you wake up.
Let Me Know
Do you have a morning routine? What works for you in getting time with the Lord every morning even when you are rushed?
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