Morning Discipline – A Focus on a Better Relationship with God

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Good morning!

It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, “Morning and Evening: A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

This week we are going to focus each day on developing better relationship with God. Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!

With that said, let’s start our morning together!


Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.


I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER For A Better Relationship With God

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:

Father God,

Will you prepare my heart? Search me and know me. Reveal any anxieties and worries I have not given to You and lead me back to You.

Cleanse my mind and my heart, Lord Jesus. Renew a steadfast spirit within me and draw me close to You. I know Your Spirit dwells within me, and even when You feel far away, I know You are with me. Remind my soul of this truth.

In Jesus’ name,


Prayers for a Closer Relationship with God |

AFFIRMATIONS for A Better Relationship With God

Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:

  1. My God is always close. I am never alone.
  2. When I grow closer to God, He grows closer to me.
  3. When I am brokenhearted and crushed, God saves me.
  4. My God understands what I go through and strengthens me to persevere.

SCRIPTURES For A Better Relationship With God

As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. Jeremiah 23:23, “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far off?”
  2. James 4:8a, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
  3. Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
  4. Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”


Our challenge today is this: take a prayer walk at lunch.

Our relationship with God is one of the most important as it can have an impact on all our other relationships. This is especially true in marriages, but also true in all other types of relationships (parenting, friendships, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, etc.).

We’ve focused on mental health, physical health, and relational health in the last 3 weeks but this week we are focusing on spiritual health. Today’s challenge, however, can actually have a positive impact on all of these areas.

Today, if you get a chance, take a prayer walk on your lunch break. Go outside (if the weather is nice), or if the weather isn’t nice go to your local gym to use a treadmill or even walk around a mall (I think those are still around) – and take a 20-30 min prayer walk. Spend your time talking and listening to Jesus. Tell him how your morning is going. Seek his guidance for the rest of your day. Or simply meditate on His presence with you.

Perhaps this week you may also make this a regular part of your daily routine.

Quote of the Day

I also wanted to include a little quote of the day that maybe you’ll find some inspiration in as well.

Today’s quote comes from Billy Graham who was a pastor and evangelist, and she said:

Our relationship must be right with God before it can be right with man.

Billy Graham

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