How you start your day is so important? Starting your morning with Jesus is the perfect way to begin your day. I am an early riser, so my day start early with prayer, and getting in the Word. If I do not take time first thing in the morning in his presence, then my entire day will be interrupted.
However, I believe that when you spend your time with Jesus, your day will be more effective. In other words, your day will run smoothly.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
In the morning, O Lord, I will direct my song and my prayer unto You and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)
The first thing you should do in starting your day with Jesus, is starting your day with morning prayer. This is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God’s plan for the day.
Whether you need encouragement, peace, strength, or rest, God can meet you in a very real and present way when you come before Him with a humble heart. Seek God’s presence each morning before you are pulled by all the tasks you have for the day.
There is never an inconvenient time to talk to God. But when you start your morning with him, you’re handing over the rest of your day to him too—putting God in the driver seat for the day.
You can talk through your plans, listen for his wisdom, and hand over your worries to him. With God’s hands on your life, you will enter each day with his grace and mercy, ready for whatever the day brings. God promises to provide strength, comfort, and peace for your daily needs.
How Do I Start My Day with Jesus?
Starting your day with Jesus puts everything in perspective first thing in the morning. When you spend time with Jesus, it refreshes, renew, energize your spirit, soul, and body.
When you start your day with Jesus, you will end your day with Jesus. Mornings are always better when you start your day with Jesus. In the quietness of the morning. Start by thanking Him for who he is. He’s faithful, true, good all the time, gracious, longsuffering, merciful, powerful, and loving.
Thank him for what He has done for you and ask Him how you can be a blessing to others. Make sure that He is the focus of your morning so that He will be on your mind all day.
God has created a new day and He wants you to find joy in it. No matter the circumstances or challenges you face, we know that God is working for our good and His glory.
It is critical that we prepare ourselves for our day in order to have any chance of reflecting Christ in our interactions with people.
Our greatest calling as believers in Jesus Christ is to pursue Jesus and bring glory to God. Bringing glory to someone besides ourselves is in direct conflict with the world’s determination to pursue the best version of ourselves. Yet, God calls us to bring glory to him through every part of our lives.
Each day you and I have a choice. Will you partake in alone time with God? Will you find God’s glory in the morning before your day begins? Will you start your day with Jesus?
Starting your day with Jesus is so important. It helps determine how you will respond to whatever comes your way during the day. If you start your day with Jesus, you will end your day with Jesus.
What is important to you? Getting up early to meet with Jesus or hitting the snooze button. You can choose to linger in bed, hitting the snooze and dreading the alarm, or you can start your day with Jesus. The morning is prime time for spending time with God, reading your Bible, praying for the day, or meditating. This is called spiritual jump starting your day with Jesus. Are spiritual fueling up for your day with Jesus.
We all need mornings with Jesus. There is something so special about spending time with God in the quiet hours before the hustle and bustle of your day begins. It is there that we find the strength to face the day ahead. It is there is where we meet with Jesus. You will be renewed, restored, refreshed, your soul-filled, and your burdens released. Never underestimate the goodness and joy that will come from spending your morning with Jesus.
Getting up each morning shows dedication and devotion to God. It allows us to be awake to His presence in our lives.
As we go about our day, we are more likely to think about God, pray to Him, look for how He is at work in us if we have spent our first moments of the day in His presence.
We can “wait in expectation” that He is going to do something great in us each day as we draw closer to Him by giving Him our time. When we spend time with Jesus, we know that something good is going to happen to us and in us. How do you start your day with Jesus?
Here are Several Practical Ways to Start Your Day with Jesus.
1.Start your Day with Jesus in Prayer
Spend time praising God and thanking Him for all He has provided to you. Jesus often sought alone time with God in the early morning. Follow Jesus’ example in starting your day off right. He rose early to pray and speak with the Father.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there.” Mark 1:35
Jesus intentionally chose to spend time alone with God. Just as Jesus did, God wants to hear from us first thing in the morning too.
Begin each day by placing God first priority in your heart. When you put first things first and spend time with God your heart will be comforted, encouraged, confronted (with love and truth), and instructed. Get in God’s Word, His truth, then submit your day to following His will and guidance.
When you do, you will be brought into intimate communion with God – knowing and enjoying Him in the hurried and unhurried moments. You will start your day with Jesus and be refreshed. Mornings with Jesus should start by reading scriptures and prayer!
So, make the most of your morning by seeking God first. Start your day with Jesus. You will be less stressed, more energized to love others, and more devoted to your daily walk with Jesus.
2. Have a daily quiet time.
Allocate some time each day to spend with God. By beginning your day with God, you can effectively ask God to guide you in every thought, action, and deed throughout the day
3. Study God’s word daily
God has left us with the instruction manual for life, the Bible. One of the most effective ways to understand God’s plan for our life and gain His perspective and wisdom is to study His word each day. Again, start out with a manageable amount of time and see what happens. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for His righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
4. Start your Day with Jesus with Gratitude
Thanksgiving has the power to change our trajectory. Gratitude is a powerful antidote to a world filled with worries frustrations and stress. Who should our gratitude be directed at? Our creator: he is the one that deserves the praise and gratitude for the good things he has done in our life. The Bible even tells us in Ephesians 4:6 that the peace of God will guard our hearts when we are grateful.
5. Start your Day with Jesus by Resting in Stillness
Before you start your day, practice being still. Do not rush out of bed to check your emails. This means waking up a little earlier to be in the presence of God. Take a moment to be reminded of who He is in your life. He is currently watching over you and protecting you from harm. Before you begin your day,
“Be still and know that He is God.” Psalm 46:10
God tells us to rest in Him and let go of our concerns before the day even starts. When we stop moving and practice being still, we can recognize the truth of God – that He is the one who is in control.
When we spend time with Him first thing in the morning, He reminds us of who He is and what He can do. He knows how to ease our hearts and guide our lives according to His will. When the worries of the day come in full force, we can lift them up to God and trust in Him. Be still, believe and be alert.
6. Start Your Day with Jesus with Inspirational Morning Bible Verses
Start your day with Jesus by spending time reading the Bible and Digging into the Word of God. If you call yourself a follower of God, how can you not read His word for instruction and direction?
7. Start your Day with Jesus in Prayer
A daily morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God’s plan for the day ahead.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33) NKJV
It is so good to know that He loves and cares for you and hears your prayers. Starting your day off with prayer is a wonderful way to start your day off right.
Every morning pray for yourself and your family members by name and declare that God is your refuge. Say things like, “Thank You, Lord, for our divine protection.
Thank You that it’s like a bubble over each one of us. Thank You for being our Shelter and our Shield today. You surround us so that no weapon formed against us will succeed, in Jesus’ Name.”
You can protect your family through prayer. Don’t just accept that you have to take whatever devilish thing comes your way—sickness, disease, accidents, destruction. No! Jesus died so that you and your family could be safe from the enemy’s strategies. Begin declaring Psalm 91:2, standing on God’s protection promises and praying for each of your family member’s divine protection each day. Begin activating God’s promises today and see the salvation of the Lord.
“Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank you for your loving kindness, your mercy, and your grace. Let me hear your voice today for directions and instruction, in the Name of Jesus, I realize that as a believer, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. My acknowledgment of Your presence on a daily basis makes my faith in You effectual. I believe that You, heavenly Father, are leading and guiding me by the Holy Spirit through my spirit and illuminating my mind.
As I yield to the Holy Spirit, I believe that my steps are ordered of You, LORD. I commit and trust myself to Your guidance, expecting You to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, so my plans will be established and succeed. I trust in You, LORD, with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. As I acknowledge You, you direct me in paths of righteousness.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 KJV
I seek you Lord, first thing in the morning. Allow me to rest firmly in your presence. God, you tell us what really is – discerning truth from the lies of the world. You are the one in whom I believe. In your truth lead me in your way. I lift my eyes to you all day long. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
8. Start your Day with Daily Bible Confessions
How do you start your day? Do you have a daily declaration before you daily, are do you just climb out of bed and your feet hit the floor, and you grab your cell phone, checking your schedule for the day?
First thing in the morning, start your day with Bible Confessions! The Bible tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God, so reading and confessing scripture in the morning is a great first step every day.
Here I have collected a few Bible verses for the morning to motivate and encourage you through the day. May these scriptures help your walk-in faith as a refreshing reminder every morning.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8)
Lord I want to hear your steadfast love every morning. Teach me the way I should go, for to you, I lift my soul.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Lord thank you that your steadfast love never ceases; your mercies never end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8 NIV)
Lord, I put my trust you. Show me the way I should go. For you are my life.
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV_
Lord, because of your great love for us, we are not consumed. Great is your faithfulness.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)
Lord, thank you that you hear my voice, I lay my petition before you and I wait expectantly.
Early Morning with Jesus
There are certainly many benefits when we decide to begin our day with Jesus, one of them are certain, Jesus in the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
The Word of God is spiritual food for the soul. Consider what you read. Meditate on the word day and night. Let it wash over you. Ponder it and apply it to your heart. You will be nourished and set up for the day ahead. By spending your mornings with Jesus, you are obtaining spiritual food for the inner soul and being nourished to grow more into the image of Christ.
Notice, when Jesus went to pray, no one was up that early. People was still asleep. This practice did not occur when others were up, but before the day began … before other people or circumstances demanded his attention.
But early mornings don’t have to be the only time we spend with him. We should be in constant communication with the Father all day, talking to him about our issues, our different challenges, our family, our desires, etc.
And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
I delight meeting with Jesus in the quiet of the morning before my family rises.
He simply wants a relationship with you! Just remember that none of us are perfect and that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Will you be less blessed if you skip a morning with God. No. Will God stop meeting with you because you forgot to put Him first? No.
Are you still saved and loved by God? YES. We don’t do these things to get into God’s good graces—we’re already living in them because we said yes to Him. Jesus prioritized us and sacrificed His life, so that we could live an abundant one.
A Savior like that is more than worthy of the sacrifice of our time we set aside to fellowship with Him.
We see constantly throughout scripture Jesus rising early to go and pray. If Jesus, who is our model, did this every day without fail, we need to be doing the same thing.
Psalms 5:3 says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
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Start Every Morning with Jesus!
Spending time with God first thing in the morning is a worthwhile practice that benefits us our entire lives. Do you start your day with Jesus? How do you like to start your day? How Do You Dedicate Your Day? Do you dedicate it to God? I encourage you to make spending time with Jesus in the mornings a part of your daily routine. You will not regret it. You will forever be blessed for it.
Meet Jesus at the Same Place Every Morning
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There is a place, a hiding place, a secret place, a quiet place, where you and Jesus can meet every morning. Sometimes having that special place set aside for time with God, in his presence and in prayer. You can always meet Jesus here in the secret place.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
Everywhere Jesus went, he was always surrounded by the hustle and bustle of crowds’ as he often withdrew from noise of the crowds to find a quiet place. Continually Jesus withdrew from people, daily life activities, and the demands of his ministry to be alone with the Father and pray.
Mornings with Jesus Scripture
God’s Word is one of the ways He speaks to us. So, make sure you are being available to spend time with Him and tune into His voice. Look for ways that He is working in and through you throughout the day. Through His Word, we will see Him in all His radiant glory, hearing from his wisdom, and experiencing His ability to satisfy our soul. I hope these Bible verses encourage you as you start a new day.
At daybreak, Lord, you hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly
Psalm 5:3 (HCSB)
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You.
For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor, a lifetime. Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning.
to declare Your faithful love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night.
Because of the Lord’s faithful love, we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!
Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
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Free Printable Reading Bible Verses
Are you ready to dive into scripture and are serious about spending more time reading the Bible but not sure how to get started? Printable Bible Reading Plan are a great way to dive into Scripture in a more intentional way so you can get the most out of the time you spend reading the verses.
I pray that this is a place where you can gain encouragement in your prayer life and in your relationship with God! Here you will find a free printable, “Starting Your Day with Jesus” that you can download by clicking on the highlighted links.
You are welcome to use this printable for personal use or in small group Bible studies.
Have a wonderful day! Enjoy!