Psalm 5:3 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Routine is always good when the right priorities govern the framework.
Many a saved person learns to have morning devotions. Do we truly understand the purpose of devoting time to our walk with God? Why the morning? I found this quote:
“If you run from God in the morning, you will scarcely find Him all the rest of the day.” – Source Unknown
I have found it to be true in my life and think that most would agree; rushing off into our day without the slightest acknowledgment to the One who created it, opens the door for disaster.
I can trace back those times when I rushed off into my day without God only to stop midway through a crisis and find a quiet place to beg His forgiveness for not beginning that particular day without Him.
Some will say in reading this, “I’m just not a morning person.” To which I respond that whatever part of the day you dedicate to Him, be faithful, devoted, and focused when you choose.
The open line of communication in prayer was given to us right after the work of salvation was completed.
Matthew 27:50-51 “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”
The entry into the Holy of Holies is paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ. Those who would place their faith in Him for salvation no longer needed a high priest to mediate for them.
Also, the fact that this was the very first act of God after the price paid emphasizes its significance. God so longs for a close, intimate relationship with us. He knows the number of hairs on our head. He knows the words we will speak before we speak them.
My Heavenly Father is not bound by time and can see the whole of my life already played out before Him. He can guide and direct to the extent I am willing to yield and obey.
‘Laundry List’ prayer never accomplished anything except a sense of self-satisfaction that I gave God His orders to perform. But that has never given anyone a deeper relationship with the God of Heaven.
Charles Spurgeon once said: “The goal of prayer is the ear of God.”
Most do not experience real prayer because they leave off one critical piece – two-way communication that comes by way of a one-word command – Pause.
If I am to confess my sins, then I must ask what sins stand in the way of our relationship? Once I pose the question, I must wait for the answer. Often, we are impatient, or uncomfortable with the silence in the waiting. God tells us:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Mornings are made for stillness. Mornings can be such a quiet time to meditate and process through that with which we struggle. Rising early enough will afford the right amount of time to wake up bodily. But also give them time to be quiet enough to hear God’s voice.
Prayer takes energy, effort, and focus. Though the work may seem hard, the fruit of it is beautiful! To have prayers answered is evidence of our relationship. To have a two-way conversation cements my confidence and assurance in the relationship.
Prayer also takes faith.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Faith is the key to the throne room. Without it, our prayers will feel like there is a barrier between God and us.
Today, let us pray in faith. Let us deepen and enrich our relationship with the God of Heaven. Let us fill our mornings with the richness of His presence!