How to Spend Time with Jesus in the Morning


In previous posts we talked about the importance of spending time with Jesus every morning and how to build up such a habit. This wonderful habit is key to our relationship with Christ.

Perhaps you see the benefits of this kind of habit and want to build it up, but aren’t sure what to do during that time. How do we spend time with Jesus? What do we do in our mornings with Him?

Throughout the centuries, Christians who loved the Lord and sought to know the Lord have discovered many enjoyable, beneficial ways to spend their mornings with Him. We’ll go through some of these discoveries. But first, let’s quickly refresh our view on what this morning time with Jesus is all about.

The goal of our morning time with Jesus

Spending time with the Lord Jesus each morning isn’t to fulfill some kind of religious duty or perform a ritual. If we just “clock in” and “clock out” without our heart being in it or our spirit engaged, we may develop a habit, but it won’t be an enjoyable one nor will it help us know the Lord more or grow in Him. Keeping a lifeless practice is pointless and fruitless.

Instead, we should approach our time in the morning as an opportunity to be with the One we love and who loves us, our dear Savior Christ. The Lord Jesus is a wonderful Person who lives in us. The goal of this time is to contact Him in our spirit, be fed by Him in His Word, enjoy Him, receive His speaking, and speak to Him.

With this in mind, let’s look at some ways we can spend time with Jesus each morning.

Call upon the Lord’s name

Sometimes just calling upon the Lord’s name is the best prayer. In our time with Jesus in the morning we can simply pray, “Oh, Lord Jesus.” Our calling on the Lord can help us begin to open our heart to Him and exercise our spirit to contact Him. As we call, we can pray further, “Lord Jesus, I turn my heart to You again this morning. Lord Jesus, I want to contact You in my spirit to receive Your life.” When we call, we contact the Lord as the life-giving Spirit in us, and we receive His life. In one of her wonderful hymns, M.E. Barber puts this well: “Just to breathe the name of Jesus is to drink of life indeed.”

Tell the Lord you love Him

The Lord Jesus wants our love, and we have a sweet sensation when we greet Him each morning with, “Lord Jesus, I love You.” The more we tell our Lord we love Him, the more our love for Him grows, and the more we enjoy His love for us. Our hearts become soft and open to Him.

Praise and thank Him

We can praise and thank the Lord Jesus for what He’s done and for who He is. For example, we can praise Jesus with the wonderful facts we find in God’s Word:

“Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your accomplishment and victory on the cross.”

“Praise You, Lord, You are the resurrection and the life.”

“Praise You, Lord Jesus, You are God, and You are the perfect, sinless man.”

“Lord, You are the Lamb of God—praise You!”

Ephesians 5:18 and 20 tell us we can be filled with the Lord in our spirit by giving thanks. Besides the many specific things in our lives we can thank the Lord for, we can also thank Him for who He is to us and what He does, as revealed in the Bible. For example:

“Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your new compassions to me this morning.”

“Thank You, Lord, for being my life.”

“Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me and saving me.”

“Oh Lord, thank You for living in me and being in me always.”

“Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being the bread of life to me.”

Confess your sins

Each morning we can confess our sins to the Lord Jesus as He makes us aware of them through our conscience. This is very important in our fellowship with Him. We’ve all experienced the awkwardness of being with someone we’ve argued with or offended. It’s difficult to even talk together. We may care for one another but a barrier separates us that makes it hard for us to have a pleasant time.

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus is even more delicate. He lives in us and knows all things. Although He wants to fellowship with us, He can’t tolerate sin. So when we’ve sinned or disobeyed Him, a barrier separates us from Him.

But we can confess our sins to Jesus to be forgiven and washed. The barrier is removed, and we sense peace between us and the Lord. We can once again fellowship freely with the Lord with a light and open heart.

Read and pray the Word

We can read the Bible in the morning and even use it to pray. For this, it’s best not to read too many verses but to instead focus our prayer on one or two. We can use other times to study His Word. The goal here is to be fed.

We can read a chapter in the Bible, or half if it’s a long chapter, and then go back and pray with one or two verses the Lord touches us about. Suppose, for example, you read John 4 for your regular Bible reading, and verses 10 and 14 stand out to you. You can pray with these verses: “Lord Jesus, You’re the living water. Oh Lord, I come to You right now to drink of You. You give me the water that quenches my deep thirst. Thank You, Lord, You are now the living water in me, a fountain of water springing up into eternal life. Keep me drinking You today.”

Whatever else we may do during our morning time with Jesus, we should always include time in the Word in prayer to receive substantial nourishment. We can speak to Jesus with His Word and He can speak to us in His Word. As we pray over and with the Word of God, His Word nourishes, refreshes, enlightens, and strengthens us.

Sing to Jesus

Sometimes a hymn expresses our thoughts and feelings better than our own words can. Singing or prayerfully reading a hymn can open us deeply to the Lord Jesus. The mornings are a great time to sing to Him. Ephesians 5:18 and 19 tell us that singing with our hearts to the Lord is another way to be filled in our spirit with His Spirit. is an excellent resource of hymns with their accompanying music.

Be with a Person

We can certainly pray about different matters or persons in our lives, but the Lord Jesus is a living Person who wants to have a relationship with us. So we should first come to Him to enjoy His presence, rather than starting our day by bringing Him all the things on our “wish list.” When we’ve first contacted the Lord in our spirit and enjoyed Him in His Word, He will lead us how to pray for these matters according to His will.

The six matters above are not in any particular order and shouldn’t be taken as a formula. Sometimes we might begin by praising the Lord Jesus and thanking Him. The Lord may then shine on us about our disobedience in something the day before, and we can confess that sin to Him. Or sometimes we may pray over His Word, call on His name, and sing to Him all at the same time.

The main thing is to open our heart and exercise our spirit to touch the living Person of Christ. This keeps our time from becoming something methodical, routine, or dead; instead we’ll enjoy our Lord Jesus freshly morning by morning. As we practice, the Lord will show us how to contact Him in a living and personal way.

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33 thoughts on “How to Spend Time with Jesus in the Morning

  1. wow!!!!! O Lord Jesus cause us to be such ones who begin our days ( mornings) in and with You not of self efforts but out of love and by your grace.

  2. Well every Morning when I awake I Pray and Thank My Lord and Savior for sending His Guardian Angels to watch by my Bedside as I slept and I also Thank Him For Sending His Only Begotten Son to die for my sins, also I ask for His Forgiveness of any sins that I have committed and if I’ve said anything wrong to anyone or thought anything not of Him, to please forgive me of this and to send it to the sea of forgetfulness, never to be heard of again, I then Pray for my Pastor and His family and then I pray for all those that’s sick and in the Hospital, The Bereavement families,those in the Prison camps and those who watch over the prisoners,and then I Pray for my family and love ones. Is this okay the way I’m Praying, waiting for feedback.

    1. Dear Irene,

      We were encouraged to hear about your daily morning prayer time! It’s wonderful that you spend time to thank the Lord and intercede for others every day.

      Something else to consider is that the Lord Jesus wants us to get to know Him better through our prayers, and He also wants us to open up to Him. Jesus wants to make His home deep in our heart (Ephesians 3:17). This means that in our times of prayer with Him, He wants us to open up to Him, to talk to Him about our personal matters, about whatever is on our heart. This is something that we can do in the morning, and even throughout the day.

      He is a Friend who is always with us and who we can tell anything to. As we’re in different situations, we can talk to Him freely and genuinely about whatever we’re thinking and feeling. We can also pray short prayers like:

      – “Lord, make Your home more in my heart today.”
      – “Lord, be with me right now.” and even
      – “Lord, how do you feel about this?”

      When we stop to think about it, there are so many opportunities throughout the day to pray! We hope that each of us can use more and more of these opportunities to turn to and talk to Him.

  3. Thank you for these ideas of a prayer and praise in the morning. I have a lot of difficulties with connecting to God in the morning because I’m a night person and at the morning I’m grumpy and sleepy. I think with clear ideas of what I want to accomplish and how to do it, the morning prayer and communion with God will be a lot easier for me.

  4. Amen, I always benefit by spend time to read the Word and calling on His Name. The best way that I experience is weak up very early so that I won’t bother by so many things and enjoy the Lord regularly.

  5. Amen!Spending time with the Lord Jesus isn’t to fulfill some kind of religious duty or perform a ritual. It is to enjoy and absorb more of Him.

  6. Starting out my morning with prayer and reflection has always been key in keeping my eyes on Jesus regardless of the circumstances of the day.
    I have been reading The Economy of God and I am so excited about everything I am learning.
    I praise God for your ministry and ask for extreme blessings be given to Bibles for America to touch others as you have my life!

    1. Hi Julia,

      We’re very happy to hear that you’re enjoying reading the Economy of God. We hope that the things you are learning will deepen your relationship with the Lord and enrich your understanding of the Bible.

  7. I thank God for your ministry and for all I am learning through you and what you have sent me.My time in the morning with my Lord is precious to me.It makes my day so much better.If I miss a morning my day is just not right,and it bugs me all day.I love spending time with my Lord all during the day.I love Him so!

    1. Dear Linda,

      We’re encouraged to hear that your time with the Lord in the morning has become so crucial to your day. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us!

  8. Whenever I pray, I feel relieved and happy about that new day. Why? Because the Lord has made my day special and lively.

  9. when i pray in the morning, i find peace in my heart and the day becomes good, but if i don’t do so i feel that i miss something, i love Jesus.

  10. I love this ministry because it always clears me up! I love to seek my Lord in the morning, though often in my situation I have difficulty being alone with Him and I am easily distracted, but I exercise my spirit in faith to touch Him and I turn my heart to Him all day, but I love the times when I can get alone with Him and pray aloud over the Word and get more of Him into me! Singing is my favorite way to touch the Lord each day, and songs of praise to Him flow out of my heart every day!

  11. I’m been wanting to know how I can start spending time with the Lord in the morning. This is a great guideline. Thank you Lord and bless this ministry!

  12. This is so true. I find it helpful to give the Lord my heart, mind, eyes, hands and feet daily. I want Him to grow and spread in my whole being so that I can be a channel to others. Present yourselves to Him. He is so loving toward us. Praise Him!!

  13. I am so happy that God sent me Here you’ve truly blessed me all my unanswered questions have been answered I love this site and will be recommending this to everyone I know

  14. I love the Lord because He first loved me.
    I love Him because He taught me how to love and forgive others.
    I love Him because He taught me not to worry, but trust Him.
    I love Him because He’s my:
    (a) Creator,
    (b) Soul Savior,
    (c) Deliverer,
    (d) Redeemer,
    (e) Prince of Peace
    (f) King of kings
    (g) Lord of lords
    (h) Everlasting Father
    (i) Healer
    (j) Provider
    (k) Protector
    (l) Promise Keeper
    (m) Wheel in the middle of wheel
    (n) Alpha and Omega
    (o) Beginning and the End
    (p) Soon coming King
    My God is awesome, my God is sovereign. He’s my everything because He is the Great I Am. And I thank Him for being a NOW God; I thank Him for being ever present in my life. I am truly grateful and I do appreciate all He has done for me. I give Him all the Glory and Praise!!!

  15. I, too, have been wondering how to spend more time with Him but I see it is by speaking to him personally, not just at him as sovereign Lord. Some say, and it is true, that even our work is a form of worship. All that we do should be toward Him but if we are to grow very close to Him, resting on his chest as John did, we need to see him as friend. Someone one we talk to, include in our day, consult when we need wisdom, share with when we need to discuss something, and rest with when we need to close our eyes. Marilyn Hickey said it well, “We must live a fasted life.” Well, I would say we need to live an intimate life. Watchman Nee wrote, ” I could be in a noisy kitchen and be communing with my Lord.”

    Communing with him means a number of things, including, listening to worship music and soaking in his presence, praying about needs (intercession), reading the Word (Bible) and asking Him to clarify it (the Holy Spirit). Worship takes many forms but the best time is quality time spent with him however that form takes that day or that moment of the day. Relationship with Jesus never ceases, it is we who cease being present. He desires our presence more than we desire to be present but a life dedicated to him is one trained and disciplined to hear his voice at all times. Practice makes perfect!

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