10 early morning one-liners to PRAY when You’d Rather Hit Snooozzzze

Here in Africa, it’s starry-cold, crisp and dark, when I open the kitchen door for the dogs at far-too-early-AM. And sometimes the day wakes up yelling for clean socks and I’m glad there are no hidden cameras recording how I yell back respond and it all gets to me before I can get to the coffee.

I’m very much on the Morning Person spectrum but still I’d rather be in bed than reading my Bible. Because no matter where I am on a scale of zombie to rise-n-shine, there are days when the duvet defeats responsible thoughts of facing life.

I’m trying to remember, then, that something – even just one desperate morning prayer – is better than nothing.

When I first realise I’m conscious – when I’ve found my face and remembered important stuff like my name, current location and which year it is – then the thing to do in the blotch and smudge as I surface from night is to greet God with an honest, un-poetic one-liner. Like –

1   Oh God. Help.

Or, as thoughts gather lucidity – and depending on mood and circumstances – I try something more coherent, like one of these:

2   Father, I love the people under this roof so much. Help me to live that love today, so that they actually believe me.

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3   Give us soft, strong hearts. Bless us to be a blessing to the people you’ve scripted into this day.


4   God, I really REALLY don’t feel like doing this day. Help me just to do the next five minutes. And then the next. And the next.

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5   Today is Monday 16th May 2016. It’s a day that’ll go down in history as part of Your Big Story for humanity on this planet. God, let’s do this thing.


6   Father, from beginning to end of this day, give me WISDOM for every event, encounter and interaction.

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7   Today, maximize my life for Your glory. Position me to catch Your light and best reflect the wonder of You.


8   Thank You that You have already gone ahead of us into this day. Help us to walk in Your footsteps, from breakfast to lights out and every step in between.

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9   I’m tired of barrelling on through this cluttered life full of rods I’ve made for my own back. Today, I’m saying NO to everything. Unless it’s a YES from You. I sense that coffee is a YES. Thank You Jesus for coffee.


10   God, today will be full of words. Spoken loud, whispered, texted or typed: choose all of mine.

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What do you pray, first thing? Love hearing from you. Feel free to leave a comment or share your thoughts with our Facebook community. You can also tweet me or get in touch here.

Love and strength for this new week!


  1. This is a very appropriate post for 6:30 on a chilly Tuesday morning, when I’ve been up since 4:50 (and many times in the night before that), and am desperately clinging to my second (giant) mug of tea. Today I’m going to go with ‘Oh God, please help!’

    Thanks for a great post friend.

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