176: Good Morning, Lord

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Some years ago, a pastor challenged me to write out a morning prayer. Here is what I wrote. It helps me to remember what is important to me. Feel free to use this one, but I encourage you to write your own. It doesn’t have to be as long as mine, either. You can use the same one each morning or have different ones for each day of the week.

“Good morning, Lord. Thank You for loving me today. You are my Savior, Redeemer, Master, King, and Father. I love You. I want to know You better (Eph 1:17; Ps 27:4). Create in me an unquenchable thirst for You (Ps 42:1-2).

“Your benefits are wonderful: You forgive all my sins, heal all my diseases, redeem my life from the pit, crown me with love and compassion, and satisfy my desires with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Ps 103:2-5).

“You are far greater than he that is in the world (1 Jn 4:4). You are King of kings and Lord of lords (Deut 10:17). You defeated and disarmed satan at the Cross (Col 2:15). You came to destroy the devil’s work (1 Jn 3:8) and will crush satan under my feet today (Rom 16:20). Your kingdom is invading satan’s kingdom. In You I’m more than a conqueror and nothing can separate me from Your love (Rom 8:31-39).

“Since I am raised with You and seated in the heavenlies, today I will set my heart on You (Col 3:1-2). I will reckon myself dead to sin and alive to You (Rom 6:11). I place myself right now on Your altar as a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1). I offer the parts of my body to You as instruments of righteousness (Rom 6:13). I will not place anything vile before my eyes (Ps 101:3). I will take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). My words today will extend grace to my hearers (Eph 4:29).

“I will find Your grace sufficient (2 Cor 12:9) today to rejoice regardless of my circumstances (1 Th 5:18). I will let the peace of Christ rule in my heart, and the Word of Christ dwell in me richly (Col 3:15-16). I will hold no bitterness (Heb 12:15), but readily forgive anyone and everyone who offends me, as You forgave me (Eph 4:32).

“I will love (spouse) as You love her (Eph 5:25) and treat her with honor (1 Pet 3:7). I will father (children) as You father me (1 Th 2:11-2).

“I will dwell in Your secret place and abide in Your shadow (Ps 91:1). I will put on Your armor right now and expect to be victorious all day (Eph 6:10-20). Today the fields are ripe for harvest and I will look for opportunities to spread the love of Christ (Jn 4:35). I will walk in confidence and not fear (2 Tim 1:7; Ps 27:1).

“All of this is possible ONLY with Your help, Holy Spirit (Gal 3:3). I ask You to fill me (Eph 5:18), produce Your fruit in me (Gal 5:22-23), lead me and empower me to keep in step with You today (Gal 5:25).  Thank You. I love You.”

Marlon Furtado

I regularly went to church as a boy, but I was not exposed to the Gospel until I was nearly twenty years old. Hearing that God loved me in spite of my behavior was new to me. In response, I received Jesus Christ and became one of His followers on September 12, 1971. I practiced chiropractic for eight years before becoming a pastor from 1986 to 2018.