This article is a blessing from Jennifer DeFrates who shares stories and experiences of her life on her personal blog Heaven not Harvard. Learn more about Jennifer on Heavennotharvard.com.
Pray Awake has become my new morning routine. The second I’m awake, I pray. I love how it quiets my heart and sets my eyes on Him. Starts my day even better than coffee. 😉Free Pray Awake printable at the end.
Several months ago, I felt very convicted about how I started my days. I would usually roll over, grab my phone, and check Facebook.
As if that were more important than checking in with God.
I have the luxury most mornings to start my day gradually opening my eyes, covered in snuggles with my little, but I found myself worrying about this, stressing about that, completely letting the world into our home before I even put my feet on the floor.
The world’s anger, fear, ignorance, intolerance, vulgarity – I was inviting it all into my head and heart before putting on my armor.
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Why had I let this become the focus of my morning routine?
Something had to change.
I made a conscious decision to pray awake every morning.
I really wanted something sweet and simple that would set my eyes on Him and set a tone of service and ministry in my home for the day.
PRAY AWAKE kept coming to mind every morning, and those two words grew into an acronym of a prayer.
I really wanted this acronym to start with PRAY, but couldn’t find the words to set the tone. Then, in the face of some discouragement, I prayed for God to wake me the next morning. I literally woke with the words “Please Remind me I Am Yours” on my mind.
So many battles I fight are calmed when I remember I am His. My confidence in who I am doesn’t come from my waistline or a jar, but the beautiful, useful vessel God is creating me to be.
I want all my ways to reflect God in my life, from how I handle the laundry to how I handle stress, to how I sing one more song at bedtime or answer a petulant child from a place of His peace, not her chaos.
Welcoming God’s agenda for my day was a mental shift for me, realizing that my plans for my day were second to being obedient to God.
I had spent too much energy getting frustrated when my daughter’s desires or disobedience interfered with my goals, letting life’s redirection stress me out, instead of listening to His quiet calling to follow His agenda.
If my life is His – shouldn’t my day be His also? Accomplishing HIS tasks for my life reminds me my days are not my own.
Spending more time in His word has shown me how important it is because that is how we KNOW God, understand His character, and grow a relationship based on real faith and trust.
The last line really grabs my heart – Empowered to live in obedience. People think being meek and obedient equals weakness, but being obedient has taken more strength than I ever imagined.
Showing love instead of anger when God says to forgive, watching the world reject you and Him, standing strong in the middle of chaos, having conviction in things unseen while the world mocks: These things take a supernatural empowerment, a strength I only have through Christ.
Starting the day with prayer has changed me. I parent more calmly, I tackle my day instead of the people between me and my coffee maker, LOL.
I run to Him first and that has made all the difference.
Please, Remind me I Am Yours, May All my ways acknowledge you, Welcoming your agenda for my day, Accomplishing your tasks for my life, Knowing you more, growing in you, Empowered to live in obedience to you.
I want to personally thank Jennifer DeFrates for sharing her experience with Tru.Works. Jennifer has been writing for her own blog titled Heaven Not Harvard where you can download the FREE Pray Awake Printable.
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