This post is just as much a kick in the you-know-what for myself than anything else. So just know, that I’m not really talking to you, but me.
The Bible says:
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up. Psalm 5:1-3
David knew how important it was to spend time with the Lord. You can read through Psalms and over and over again David talks about crying out to the Lord and seeking Him. Specifically in these psalms mentioned above David talks about meeting with the Lord first thing in the morning. It was a priority to David to begin each day in earnest conversation with his King and God.
It seems to me that this should be our natural reaction. Think about this with me. Say one night you eat dinner around 7:00 and then nothing else for the rest of the night. When you wake at 6:00 or 7:00 the next day, are you hungry? I’m not talking about whether you’re a breakfast eater or not, I mean on a basic level, after you haven’t eaten for 12 hours, are you going to be hungry? Or at the very least need a drink of water? Or who out there can’t even get themselves moving in the morning without a cup of coffee?
That’s what David is saying about the way he needs the Lord. Look again at the first verse. Do you see how we could be talking about needing refreshment after the night? David is simply laying it out for you. When the morning comes, we should be yearning for time seeking the Lord. Jesus himself did this in Mark:
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Mark 1:35
Jesus had been going from town to town preaching and healing. And in the morning HE WENT AND PRAYED. This is Jesus. Born to be the Savior of the world, who spent quality time with his Father, early in the morning. And then Jesus went about his tasks for that day.
Question: If Jesus took the time, early in the morning, to be in prayer, how important do you think it is that we spend time every morning in prayer?
I’ll go ahead and answer that question for you. It is monumentally important. It is important to seek God early in the morning. To offer up your prayers before the Lord. You can’t do anything apart from Him anyway, so might as well start your day off right. Let this be a challenge to ourselves (ummm, basically to me) to get up, just 30 minutes earlier, and meet God in the morning.