The Blessing of Morning Prayer

One of the books I read to go along with my study of the book of Psalms was Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible.  I want to share a small chapter of that book with you because my own experience has taught me how true his words are here.  I cannot commend enough to you the benefits of starting your day with prayer.

“The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. It is confirmed in work. The morning prayer determines the day. Squandered time of which we are ashamed, temptations to which we succumb, weakness and lack of courage in work, disorganization and lack of discipline in our thoughts and in our conversation with other men, all have their own origin most often in the neglect of morning prayer.”

“Order and distribution of our time become more firm where they originate in prayer. Temptations which accompany the working day will be conquered on the basis of the morning breakthrough to God. Decisions, demanded by work, become easier and simpler where they are made not in the fear of men but only in the sight of God. ‘Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men’ (Colossians 3:23). Even mechanical work is done in a more patient way if it arises from the recognition of God and his command. The powers to work take hold, therefore, at the place where we have prayed to God. He wants to give us today the power which we need for our work.”

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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