There is no nobler way to begin a day than to commune with God in prayer.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30
I don’t know about you, but it’s my desire to become progressively more and more like Jesus. If that’s my goal, I have to put into practice habits that will see that goal accomplished.
So, when we see Jesus doing certain things, we need to ask ourselves if that action is something we should also be doing.
If yes, we need to act on our love for God and commit to do what Jesus did.
Why the Morning?
The morning is almost like a blank slate, a clean start to a fresh new day. The distractions of yesterday are behind you. The burdens of the upcoming day lie ahead. It’s the sweet spot of the day. Your brain and body are ready to start the day. Unfortunately, many of us hit the snooze button, wasting our morning energy in rolling around, and then rush through getting dressed, eating, inhaling some coffee, and showing up to work hurriedly. The Bible, however, is full of people meeting God in the morning.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. Psalm 5:3
But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you. Psalm 88:13
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. Psalms 143:8
Making the Most of Your Morning
Ok, so maybe at this point your are inspired. You want to experience God like those men and women in the Bible. But you also know that when the alarm goes off, you won’t feel so inspired. Your desire for God is lost in a fog.
This is a good time to remember that love isn’t a feeling, it’s a verb. Your love for God is most evident when you do something to seek Him. Do whatever you have to do to remind yourself of this because the beginning of the day is such a great time to organize your day. After spending time with God, you’ll be much more prepared to plan your day with the Kingdom of God in mind. Whether your day is loosely structured or regimented from beginning to end, we all have some personal time in which we hope to accomplish Kingdom work.
Do These 3 Things:
Pray & Read the Bible
This does not have to be complicated or extremely long. The main idea is to start the day off with a time of talking with God and listening to Him. Ask Him about your day. What does He want you to do at your job or with your kids?
Alongside prayer, read the Bible. Let God direct you as you read the accounts of men and women who courageously lived to spread the Kingdom and bring glory to God.
Combined, these help you seek the kingdom first and set you up to actually live for God the rest of the day.
Exercise & Learn
Now that your body is fully awake and your mind is stimulated, give your metabolism a jump start. You can do a quick 5 to 10 minute workout that gets your heart rate up and further stimulates your brain. At the same time, you can take advantage of the great technology available to us. Use podcasts, audiobooks, or videos to learn as you exercise. The great thing is that all of the distractions of social media and email are gone, allowing your brain to focus on the teaching you choose.
At this point, your mind and body are kind of at peak levels. Take advantage of this and write out your plans and goals for the day. The words and direction of God are still fresh. Add to that your daily tasks and you now have a list that will help you stay focused and get stuff done!
Finding Real Life
I am convinced that those who are the most effective in serving Christ are those who plan their activities. They think about important tasks to be achieved and they prioritize their goals. The early morning time is primarily a time for believers to seek spiritual nourishment to live the Christian life.
But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63
“Jesus, thank you that as a man You set up a pattern of daily living on every word that comes out of the mouth of God. Lord, remind us to come to You every morning in the prayer and Bible reading to feed on Your words that we may live because of You. Teach us to pray over every part of the day that we may live for You in all the moments of the day.”
What is your morning routine like? Leave a comment below to share how you start your day with God!