Moments Of Faith Daily Devotional 3 August 2023 By Prophet Frank Udoh

Title: Starting the Day with Gratitude

Scripture: Psalm 118:24 (NIV) – “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”


As the morning sun rises, it brings with it a new day filled with opportunities and blessings. Starting the day with gratitude sets the tone for the hours ahead, infusing our hearts with joy and thankfulness. When we cultivate a habit of morning mercies—acknowledging God’s goodness and grace . We position ourselves to experience His presence and guidance throughout the day. Let us explore the beauty of beginning our mornings with gratitude and how it can transform our perspective and relationships with God and others.

Morning Reflection:

Take a moment to pause and reflect on the gift of a new day. The rising sun symbolizes God’s faithfulness, His promise of renewal, and the opportunity to live a life that honors Him. Let gratitude fill your heart as you consider the blessings of yesterday and the possibilities of today.

A Grateful Heart Changes Everything : Gratitude has the power to change our outlook on life. When we start the day with a grateful heart, we shift our focus from what we lack to what we have. Take time each morning to count your blessings and thank God for His abundant goodness in your life.

Embracing God’s Love and Faithfulness : Every morning is a reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), and His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1). Begin each day by acknowledging His unwavering care and devotion.

Prayers of Thanksgiving : In the morning, offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for His protection, provision, and guidance. Express your gratitude for His grace and the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Allow your morning prayers to be a beautiful symphony of gratitude and praise.

The Gift of Today: The morning mercies remind us that today is a precious gift. Each day is a fresh opportunity to serve and love others, to grow in faith, and to draw closer to God. Treat each day as a treasured gift and make the most of every moment.

Letting Gratitude Overflow: A grateful heart naturally overflows with kindness and compassion. As you start your day with gratitude, let it spill over into your interactions with others. Be a source of encouragement and support, spreading the love of Christ to those around you.

Gratitude in the Midst of Challenges: Even in the face of challenges, gratitude can be a source of strength and resilience. When difficulties arise, choose to focus on the things you can be thankful for rather than dwelling on what’s hard. Trust that God’s grace is sufficient to carry you through every trial.

Delighting in God’s Presence : Starting the day with gratitude invites God’s presence into every aspect of your life. Delight in spending time with Him, meditating on His Word, and seeking His will. As you draw near to Him, you will find joy and peace that transcends circumstances.

Sharing Morning Mercies: Encourage others to embrace the practice of morning mercies. Share with them the power of starting the day with gratitude and how it can transform their lives. Together, celebrate the goodness of God and the beauty of each new day

Gratitude as a Lifestyle: Let gratitude become a lifestyle, not just a morning routine. Cultivate a heart of thankfulness throughout the day, in every circumstance. A life marked by gratitude reflects a heart that knows God’s goodness and seeks to glorify Him in all things.

Resting in God’s Faithfulness: As you close each day, rest in God’s faithfulness. Reflect on the moments of grace and thank Him for His steadfast love. Trust that tomorrow’s morning mercies will be waiting, a reminder of His constant presence and care.

Gratitude in Adversity : When faced with adversity, maintaining an attitude of gratitude can be challenging, but it is especially impactful. In the midst of trials, choose to focus on the strength and comfort that come from God’s presence. Gratitude redirects your attention from the problem to the One who holds the solution. Find solace in knowing that God’s grace is sufficient for every situation (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Gratitude for God’s Promises : Mornings are an ideal time to remind yourself of God’s promises. Fill your heart with thankfulness for the assurance of His faithfulness, provision, and guidance. As you meditate on His Word, you will discover a deep well of hope and courage to face the day’s challenges.

Gratitude in Worship: Incorporate gratitude into your worship. Sing songs of thanksgiving and praise to God, expressing your adoration for His goodness and love. Let your worship be a reflection of a heart that overflows with thankfulness for all that God is and all that He has done.

Reflecting on Past Victories: Mornings also offer an opportunity to reflect on past victories and God’s faithfulness in your life. Remember the times He brought you through challenges and provided for your needs. Your past experiences of God’s grace will strengthen your faith and inspire gratitude in the present

Gratitude for Each Other: As you begin the day with loved ones, express gratitude for their presence in your life. Take a moment to pray for and encourage one another. Cultivating a culture of gratitude within your family or community creates an atmosphere of love and unity.

Gratitude for Creation : As the morning unfolds, be mindful of God’s creation around you. Offer gratitude for the beauty of nature—the sunrise, the birdsong, the changing seasons. Recognize that all of creation points to the Creator, and each day is an invitation to behold His glory.

Gratitude for Opportunities to Serve: See each morning as an opportunity to serve others and make a positive impact. Express thankfulness for the chance to extend a helping hand, share a kind word, or offer a listening ear. Embrace every opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.

Gratitude for God’s Provision: In the midst of daily responsibilities, remember to thank God for His provision. Whether it’s food on the table, a roof over your head, or the resources needed to meet your needs, acknowledge that all good things come from the Lord (James 1:17).

Gratitude in Contentment: Gratitude and contentment are intertwined. When you approach each morning with a thankful heart, you cultivate contentment in God’s sufficiency. Choose to be satisfied with what you have, recognizing that true joy comes from trusting in God’s perfect plan.

An Evening of Gratitude : As the day draws to a close, take time to reflect on the morning’s gratitude and extend it into the evening. Offer prayers of thanksgiving for God’s presence and faithfulness throughout the day. Rest in the peace that comes from knowing you are loved by the Creator of all things.


May every morning be an opportunity to begin the day with gratitude—a practice that draws you closer to God and transforms your life. Starting each day with thankfulness sets the tone for your thoughts, actions, and relationships, fostering a heart that rejoices in the goodness of the Lord. As you continue to embrace morning mercies, you will find that gratitude becomes a wellspring of joy, a balm for weariness, and a light that shines through every season of life. Let the psalmist’s words echo in your heart each morning: “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24, NIV). Amen.

Further Reading:

  • Psalm 5:3 (NIV) – “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
  • Psalm 30:5 (NIV) – “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
  • Psalm 59:16 (NIV) – “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”
  • Psalm 143:8 (NIV) – “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
  • Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV) – “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for


Heavenly Father,

As we continue in prayer, we seek Your presence and guidance throughout the day. Fill us with Your peace and joy, that we may face every moment with confidence in Your love and power.

Grant us wisdom and discernment in every decision we make. Help us to walk in obedience to Your Word and to follow Your leading in all things.

We pray for strength to overcome any challenges or obstacles that come our way. May Your grace be sufficient for us, and Your power be made perfect in our weakness.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of this day and for the opportunities it brings to glorify You. Use us as vessels of Your love and grace, that others may see Your light shining through us.

As we go about our tasks and interact with others, may our words and actions be pleasing to You. Let us be quick to show kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, just as You have shown us.

Lord, we also lift up those who are hurting or in need. Comfort the brokenhearted, heal the sick, and provide for the lonely and the vulnerable.

We praise You for Your faithfulness and for the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to live each day in gratitude and surrender to Your will.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.


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