Morning by Morning
A Daily Prayer Journey with Tommy Hays (Second Edition)
by Tommy Hays
Pub Date 11 Dec 2016
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365 Day Prayer Devotional written every morning in real time from real life in a daily adventure of contemplative prayer to start each day embraced by the love of the Father, centered in Jesus Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
“Good morning, Lord Jesus.” For many years now, I’ve begun my morning prayer time with these first words on my heart. They’ve become my centering thought and my call to prayer, to start my day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. As soon as I speak out these words, my spirit seems to come to attention to sense the Presence of the Lord and listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide me in my time of intimacy with God at the beginning of my day.
Then each morning, after I greet the Lord, I wait and listen. In my prayers, you’ll see a “...” after I greet the Lord and begin to wait in the silence of surrender before Him in the deep communion of prayer. Sometimes that “...” lasts a few moments and sometimes it lasts half an hour. But I try to watch and wait to follow His leading for the adventure of prayer He has for me each morning. As the old hymn written by Rev. Thomas Chisholm and based on Lamentations 3:22-23 so beautifully says, “Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness. Morning by morning, new mercies I see.”
During this simple, quiet time of watching and waiting in contemplative prayer, the Holy Spirit so faithfully brings to mind a Scripture or allows me to picture an image with the eyes of my heart or speaks to my spirit in His still, small voice or however the Lord desires to reveal Himself to me that morning. Then I simply journal what I hear and pray, as He leads me on our adventure of prayer. As I say my “Amen,” I send out my prayer from that day to the list of people that has grown over the years who join with me over the internet in this daily journey of prayer. So these prayers are written in real time from real life each day.
This book is one year’s worth of these prayers, selected from my journals over the past few years. It’s a second edition, following my original book that was a collection of all my prayers from the first year of my devotional back in 2004.
So I welcome you to come along with me in this daily journey of prayer, seeking the Lord’s voice, listening for His voice, and embracing His Presence, in the deep communion of contemplative prayer. May you be encouraged each day by our great and faithful God in His new mercies for you, Morning by Morning!
In the Love of Jesus,
San Antonio, Texas
"Tommy's daily devotional starts the day with a perfect prayer from scripture. His choices of thematic references are always inspirational and instructive. Reading his daily offering is a great way to jump start your morning prayer and day in the right frame of mind."