Awake in the Dawn includes 365 individual devotionals, one for each day of the year, that each follows one of the seven main themes of the Lord’s Prayer. Let’s start by examining the Lord’s Prayer together.
Jesus instructs us to pray this way in Matthew 6:9–13:
“Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.”
Looking closely, we can see there are six main themes found in the above prayer, and when we incorporate what’s commonly referred to as the “Lord’s Prayer doxology,” we find seven:
- Moment of praise and worship: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
- A plea for God to reign and accomplish his will in the earth: May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
- A request for provision: Give us today the food we need.
- A request for redemption for ourselves and others: Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
- A request for holy conviction and protection: Don’t let us yield to temptation.
- A request for redemption from and protection against the enemy: But rescue us from the evil one.
- A concluding moment of praise and worship within the Lord’s Prayer doxology: For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Every week, the devotions will center on those themes and in that order. For each day, there are three individual sections:
- Word, a Scripture included for meditation;
- Thought, a provided reflection on the Scripture or day’s theme;
- Prayer, a written prayer offered to jump-start your prayer time.
Feel free to think of this devotional as a tool to spark your morning time of reflection with the Lord, allowing yourself to dive deeper into Scripture and personal connection with Jesus.
I hope Awake in the Dawn provides you with a sweet time of meditating on the promises of Christ, strengthens your prayer life, and helps you grow in your love for and understanding of the Lord.
Founder. Author | Awake In The Dawn
Amanda Johnson, Editor