It’s not too difficult to start your day on the right track with the Lord. Unless you’re running late, then it’s fairly simple to make effort in the morning to read your Bible, pray in the shower, or listen to praise and worship music on the drive to drop off your kids at school. It’s not that hard to listen to a podcast on the commute to work or to an audio Bible in the car while sipping coffee or running errands.
But staying on the right track all day is a lot easier said than done, isn’t it?
Too often, I start my day on course, but find myself veering off around noon. By lunchtime, my peaceful morning is a vague memory, at best. I’m caught up in the stress of work, the rush of clients and phone calls and day-job duties, the concerns of kids calling from school with forgotten homework or low-grade fevers, or text arguments with my spouse or family member. I get distracted with how my outfit looks or how my makeup is wearing thin. I’m hungry and cranky and want a nap. My temper is shorter, and my patience is stretched. I start desiring to get away from people, rather than staying focused on adding them to God’s Kingdom.
I need a midday reset.
It’s been said “there’s no wrong way to pray,” and I agree. God knows our hearts and desires to hear our honesty. However, in the Bible, Jesus gave us a model prayer to pray that’s complete and all encompassing. It’s the perfect template to use as a midday prayer—to redirect our focus, remind ourselves what’s most important, and be filled and refreshed. It’s commonly known as "The Lord’s Prayer."
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