The Morning Prayer

Prayer is an interesting thing in that I tend to believe everybody utilizes in their own unique way. But if there was one commonality I’ve seen amongst all those who do use prayer in their life is that it’s usually the morning prayer, i.e. the first one of the day, that they consider to be the most important. I tend to agree because any time I’ve ever skipped or forgotten to do it, it often seems as if the rest of that day has become far more chaotic than when I have done my morning prayer.

That being said, I have continued to maintain the belief that there isn’t a right or wrong way to pray nor do I think that one prayer holds more weight than another to God because of the way it’s said or how long of time one puts into it. In fact, sometimes even the simplest prayer of “God please help me” can be more effective when spoken with an open heart and tears, than saying a lofty one that takes over thirty minutes.

But In regards to the morning prayer itself, I must say that for me it changes all the time, mostly depending on how I’m feeling when I awake. Even so, occasionally I find myself saying the same one multiple days in a row, especially when I’m feeling connected to its words. Most of the time the words are of my own creation and come straight from my heart, but once in a while, I come across someone else’s prayer that truly moves me and stirs my soul.

I discovered one of those just recently in a book I was reading by a United Methodist pastor named Adam Hamilton. In the book, he shared that he starts each of his mornings always in the same way, with a very simple prayer. Because of its simplicity, yet still profound in its statement as well, I was moved enough to share it in my blog today with the rest of the world. Why I like it so much is because it says exactly how I want my relationship to be with God every single day I continue to breathe on this planet.

So, if you happen to be someone who struggles at times with prayer, especially in the morning when starting your day, I encourage you to try this one, as you may just find its simplicity as soothing and guiding as I have.

“God, once again I offer my life to You. Use me today to do Your work and Your will. Help me to honor You and to live for You and to be used by You.”

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

A Christmas Blessing And Prayer For All

It’s Christmas Day and one where not everyone will be celebrating. Of course, some of those are people who don’t live in places in this world where it’s a custom, and others are simply just part of religions that don’t take part in it. But then there’s many others who otherwise would, but due to unfortunate life factors they won’t be this year.

Maybe that’s because they don’t have any family or loved ones.

Maybe that’s because they’re homeless.

Maybe that’s because they’re so addicted to something like alcohol, gambling, sex, or drugs.

Maybe it’s because they’re sick and ailing.

Or maybe it’s because of some else altogether.

Regardless, it’s my hope that each of us will remember those people today and at least send a blessing out to all those who are less fortunate.

It’s something that’s quite easy to forget, especially when opening presents or over indulging in food that some never get of either today.

So as I wish and bless each of you a Merry Christmas, I also leave you with a special prayer that goes out to all those who may not be feeling so fortunate today…

Dear God, I know that there are those out there who won’t be celebrating this Christmas, who otherwise normally would be. For whatever their reason God, I ask that you bless each of them, and at least let them all know You love them unconditionally. For its on special days like today where I often believe there are many out there who need a reminder of that. And may I also be a vessel to carry that out for You today, an extension of Your unconditional love, for at least one person that truly needs to know they are unconditionally loved. Amen.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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For Those Who Hurt

This quick entry goes out to all those who are hurting right now in life, no matter what your hurt is, I want each of you to know that you’re not alone and that I’m sending you prayers of love and light. May God bless each of you with strength to keep going and to keep trusting that it will get better. I love you all.

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Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

A Prayer For Emptying And Renewing

I like simple prayers, ones that are quite easy to remember, yet still have a profound impact in all their simplicity. Recently, I heard one of those at a recovery meeting and ever since, I’ve been saying it on just about a daily basis, not just in the morning upon waking, but all throughout the day. Here’s that prayer:

“Higher Power, empty me of me, and fill me with You.”

Of course the words “Higher Power” can be replaced by anything one wishes to use. In my case, I’ve used “God” or “Jesus” or “Holy Spirit” or “Creator” just to name a few. Nevertheless, why this speaks so profoundly to me is that most of my life I was always filling myself with nothing but myself. In other words, I was full of myself and there was no room for anything else.

These days, I sincerely have but one desire and that’s to be emptied of every part of me that stands in the way of fully serving my Higher Power, whom I choose to refer to as God. And as I’m emptied, I long to be filled back up by only one thing and that’s whatever God wishes to put back within me. Because in all honesty, everything I always filled myself up with constantly got depleted and left me feeling empty all over again. But I truly believe that whatever God fills me with will be eternal.

So as I continue to use this prayer on a regular basis in my own life, it’s my hope that you might find connection to its words, as much I have…

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Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson