Beginning and Ending the Day in Prayer

 

The formal rituals of morning and evening prayers come primarily from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican traditions. This doesn’t make them wrong or right; it’s just not something that Baptists have corporately cultivated over the centuries.  Judaism has consistently advocated three daily prayers: morning, noon, and night.  Think of the prophet Daniel.

 

While the last thing I’m advocating is an adoption of a tradition simply for the sake of perfunctory performance, I do find it interesting that the author of Psalm 92, our Psalm for prayer for this week, does seem to make it a point to both begin and end the day with prayer.

 

Verse 2 begins, “to declare your steadfast love in the morning.”  How could a believer go wrong in beginning the day with a simple word of thanksgiving to God for his steadfast love?  As you drag yourself out of bed, make your morning coffee, and ponder your “calendar” and “to do list” for the day, it could only help to pause briefly and thank God that his love will be a constant and encouraging presence no matter what happens. 

 

Verse 2 concludes, “and your faithfulness by night.”  God makes promises and keeps promises.  Each day portrays this faithful, promise-making and promise-keeping God as doing exactly what he said he would do. He is faithful.  As you lay your head down on your pillow, it could only help you to quietly remind yourself that God indeed was faithful for another day.  Take a few minutes to thank him for it.  How could that possibly hurt?

 

These are not the limits of a strong prayer life for sure, but they may be a good start to one. If you are struggling to maintain a vibrant and healthy devotional time each day, it might help to implement the simple habits of beginning and ending each day in quiet, humble thankful prayer to God for his love and his faithfulness.