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What To Pray Every Morning

10/24/2017 | 5 Minute Read | Author: Nate Carden

Several years ago I heard Dallas Willard explain that one of the first things he does every morning is “work through” the Lord’s prayer and the 23rd Psalm. This simple, short practice is medicine for the soul. I immediately incorporated this practice into my life and have been praying it most mornings since.

These two prayers teach us how to think about God and his coming kingdom. “Working through” these prayers every day is like taking a shower. False beliefs about God are washed away as we chew on and digest each word. God is our Father not my Father. I am not an only child and God’s sole purpose is not make me happy. He loves his other children just as much as He loves me. God is our Father. He knows more than I what is best for me and He desires that for me more than I do. Here is the NLT version:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Working through Psalm 23 is just as healing for me. It is the perfect complement to the Lord’s prayer. I memorized the NLT version of Psalm 23 because I love the opening line – The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need. 

Audrey Assad’s adaptation is so beautiful it’s probably worth listening to every morning!