Morning Fellowship Routines
I signed myself up for a series of activities( posts) for January 2022 and I am still busy writing a theme of declarations in my journal for all the areas on my prayer radar.
Gateway 2022:The month of January
Previously in this Gateway series:
1. A Starter Kit for 2022
2. Kickstart your year with Declarations
First of all, I would like to mention that this post intends to encourage the morning watchers to, take a firm hold on their morning, fill up their Manna basket, set the tone for the day, and secure the structure for the weights of the day.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Secondly, I am taking my morning very seriously as it is The Gate to our day.
Make a grand entrance to your day! Our mornings are our gateway into our day. Open up your windows for the light of God to flow into your day.
Possess the gate of your day with morning prayer and restrict access to the enemy.
Declare over the landscapes of your day and fill it up with prayer and declarations from God’s word.
The portion of the day has been set aside for you to receive, sometimes even a double portion.
Receive your strength, direction, and empowerment for your daily assignment.
Exploring Different Morning Routines
Before we dive into this topic, I would like to pose the following questions:
The questions above are different spiritual disciplines and each takes time to be developed during our mornings with God. I just began with a simple prayer and scripture entries in my journal but focussed on consistency first. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and Helper and knows all about the how’s and when’s of our progress! When we earnestly seek God, we will not stay where we started, but Holy Spirit will endorse us at the appointed times.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
As I improved in consistency, Holy Spirit gradually added other activities and then introduced me to different morning routines!
1.Basic Morning Fellowship Routine
A Basic morning fellowship routine with God consists of putting on the armor of God, engaging in scripture and prayer.
This routine is also the core of any other and forms the basics of a theme morning fellowship. A basic fellowship routine can be used to pray through your weekly prayer list.
During this fellowship routine, the following are being developed:
- Being mindful
From my own experience, I’ve learned that mindfulness begins from the moment you wake up, your first thought, or maybe an action. It continues when engaging in putting on the armor of God, doodling, reading through scriptures, and prayer.
- Beginner scriptural doodling
Scripture doodles bring creativity into this fellowship routine. This applies to visual and more creative learners. Others will find enough nourishment through Bible studies or reading.
I remember my very first time when God spoke to me through a simple doodle of a pair of feet! During this stage of journaling, I was still figuring out my style and the how’s of it and was just introduced to doodling!
- Bible study methods applicable to your learning style.
You get to know your preferences when it comes to studying the word of God and discover your best learning style.
You are being drawn to what God has called you for and it comes naturally.
2. A Resistance training morning routine
Times will come when we need to take a stand against the things coming against us. In times such as these, we will need the power of resistance activated inside of us to make the carriers of adversity flee.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
When I hear the word resistance, I think about training or working out in the gym and practicing power punches.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Corinthians 9:25
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
1 Corinthians 9:26
With resistance training, we learn to hit the target and to lock onto the power in God’s word, that will make the enemy flee. Another aim of resistance training is also to practice our roar, the strength in our prayer lives.
How do you do resistance training?
It is all about praying God’s word back to Him. Resistance training, I believe, should be included in your spiritual walk with God, once a month or more depending on your kingdom assignment or situation.
1.Put on the full armor of God and pray on it.
2.Write a dedication
3.Go scripture hunting to find all the verses Holy Spirit draws you to.
4.Include fasting, even if not for the whole day.
5.Write a scriptural prayer
A 3 day Resistance training workout.
All the activities above are being divided into 3 days or a week.
3. A power morning routine
When we join in the rhythmic flow of the Holy Spirit, things just flow and we develop playfully, but also the art of shifting.
After I woke up on the third day I spend time listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I prepare myself a cup of black coffee, anoint myself, grabbed my journal, and got into scripture. One word popped up:Power and I wrote it down.
I was led into a power morning routine where Holy Spirit prompted me to declare power and breakthrough over my day and week.
I used my prayer journal to prepare before I declare or pray. When preparation is done I put on the armor of God prayerfully and bring my prayer and declarations before God.
Bible verses to declare power and change
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!“
( 2 Corinthians 5:17)
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
( Lamentations 3:22-23)
“I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.“
Phillipians 4 :13
“I will not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let my request be made known to God.”
Phillipians 4 :6
“The peace of all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
The scriptures you choose to make up a power declaration will depend on what type of resistance you’re dealing with.
My mornings have so much color with the colorful additions of Holy Spirit. I was recently introduced to a Rest morning routine and will share it in a separate post.