Morning Prayer

Sunrise in Sullivan Harbor, Maine

     A new day with its fresh possibilities is best begun with thoughtful consideration of our Great God, whose purposes for us are grand and wonderful and whose thoughts toward us are “precious” and “vast” and more numerous that “the grains of the sea”. (Psalm 139)

Praying Psalm 143 is a wonderful way to start each morning and especially those unclear mornings when the day ahead is clouded in uncertainty, when there are difficult decisions to make, or when there is physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Remembering and meditating upon God’s great power and grace to us through Christ enables us to pray as the Psalmist did with an unwavering trust in the sovereignty and love of God, with a renewed desire for His presence, with an open, honest search for His will, and with an expectation that He will show up when we are believing, grateful , thoughtful, humble people who thirst for Him.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.  I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land… 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love for I have put trust in you.  Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:5-8)

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