The things we do to start our day impact everything that follows. It’s important to prepare your mind and body to be at their best. Morning prayers are one of the best ways to achieve an optimal morning mindset.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Nutritionists and psychologists have put a lot of research into how we start the day. Most people are probably already familiar with a lot of the recommendations for the body. However, a lot of people also pay less attention to the morning needs of the mind.
From the perspective of the body, nutritionists tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As the name implies, it “breaks the fast” of hours-long without fuel. Breakfast replenishes your supply of glucose, which boosts energy levels and increases alertness. Eating before starting your day also provides other essential nutrients that are required for good health, according to Australia’s Better Health.gov.
Another thing reprimanded by nutritionists and physicians is to drink water right after waking up. It flushes out the stomach and balances the lymphatic system, which helps build a strong immune system. It also helps bowel, urinary, and bladder function, Healthline reports. It can also help with weight loss by boosting metabolism.
Many experts also recommend exercising in the morning for a number of advantages, although exercising whenever you can is most important of all.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
– Philippians 4:13
Long before self-help gurus advised people to do “daily affirmations,” the Bible had its own called prayers.
Just as morning exercise, water, and proper nutrition will prepare your body to perform at its best with endurance for the day, morning prayers will provide the equivalent readiness for your mind.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Morning prayers can serve a variety of functions such as providing calm, confidence, hope, strength, clarity, gratitude, humility, lovingkindness, a loving attitude, peace, courage, and more.
Morning prayers are a great way to de-stress and remove mental clutter. It is a morning cleansing to refresh and clear your mind. Morning prayers prepare you to step forward with an attitude of positivity.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Another way to think of it is spiritual armor that will shield you from negativity.
If you’re feeling you are carrying too big a burden, a connection with God as your higher power will help you find the strength to bear the load. A feeling that you are not doing things alone and that God is alongside you to help carry that weight.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Another thing morning prayers can provide is insight, which can lead to inspiration.
At the same time, they can give you the reassurance that even if you aren’t at your most brilliant today, the Lord sees the big picture and where you need to be.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”