Has God ever waked you up before very early in the morning to pray and spend time with Him in prayer, worship, thanksgiving, and maybe reading the Bible if you are Christian? I have noticed in my own life in few occasions God would wake me up very early in the morning than the normal hours that I usually wake up myself in the morning. I would find myself being awake and I would have this feeling that I am supposed to pray in those moments. And I would pray whatever I felt in my heart to pray.
In the Bible in the book of Psalm chapter 143 verse 8, the narrator said to God, “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.”
I mean, you can spend time with God anytime you want throughout the day, but I have realized that the best time to spend good quality time with God is in the morning. First, you will be putting Him first above all else in your life on daily basis. Before anything else every day we want to make sure we commit our days, our plans, and our lives daily to Him to guide, lead, and protect us and establish our daily endeavors. We want God to empower us to do what we need to do for the day, and confirm His Will for our lives.
I don’t know about you, but some of my best days are the ones I have put God first and spent my mornings seeking Him and found encouragement and comfort in His presence through prayer, praise and worship, and reading the Word of God, or some kind of Christian daily devotional message as a bonus. Especially during those days when you open the Bible or you listen to a Sermon that you downloaded on YouTube for example, and you feel as if God is speaking to you directly at that moment about your circumstances; it can feel really good as if a burden was instantly removed from your shoulder, and it can lift you up and boost your faith and confidence.
And I am addicted to the point that some days I feel empty or something is missing if I don’t set at least three minutes to say Hi to God in prayer or in praise during those days. Even if I would be frustrated and moody, I would still want to talk to God and tell Him my concerns and complaints. Not acknowledging God’s existence and presence in my life to me is like going out without house keys or like a missing wallet in my purse. That’s how important I feel to fellowship with God on daily basis in good and hard times. Even when I am frustrated and when things are way beyond my control, I like to feel and know that He is still with me even when it looks like He is not. Sometimes I need that assurance that God promised us, “He will never leave us nor forsake us.”
Anyway, truth or fact is that I am not a very early morning kind of sista friend or person. I have issues of going to bed early in the night so that I can wake up early in the morning. I am actually more active and energetic in the afternoon, in the evening, and in the night. Some mornings I would wake up, pray, and then go back to sleep. But most mornings I would manage to continue to stay awake, and my entire day will be so much productive. I mean, I will be highly motivated to get so many things done for the day. These would be my most productive, creative, producing, and performing days.
I guess it is true that how you start your morning is going to pretty much determine how much productive you are going to be that day. And I can see why it’s important to train ourselves to wake up early in the morning. I think one of the reasons why successful people are successful is because of how they plan their days especially their morning routines. Not only they plan their days, and their to do list for the next day the night before, but they wake up early in the morning with a mission. They train themselves to wake up very early in the morning to stick with certain routine every morning that enable them to successfully accomplish their daily activities, tasks, goals, and plans.
Usually the most important especially the revenue earning activities demand most of our morning time, unless of course you are dealing with online business, or 24 hours business services. Because if it is normal working hours, 9am to 5pm kind of business operation, if you will wait till evening, the office will be closed…hahaha. So the best time to do your dealings and revenue activities is in the morning so that you can get so much done.
It’s advised that we should always start our days off by accomplishing the big and important tasks and activities first that moves our businesses forward, and leave other activities for us to accomplish when we have time. Basically in business, it’s significant to spend our morning time creating and producing, and on revenue activities and projects. And then put on pending the rest of non-revenue and other reoccurring, ongoing tasks and activities that are not important and urgent that can wait for us to accomplish them later on. Or we could also decide to outsource and delegate those tasks.
But do you know that God is more important than any of the big tasks that you may think you need to accomplish for the day. We need to make prayer the first thing in our morning routine and let everything else comes next after that. By doing so, we will learn to put God our first priority every day in our lives. In the book of Mark chapter 1 verse 35, it says, “Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there.” The Lord Jesus wouldn’t do anything that He thought it wasn’t very important. And I think this was part of His morning routine; before anything else, He would rise up early in the morning and went in a place where He could be alone and pray to God The Father, Our Heavenly Father, catching up with Him and have kind of a meeting, but also it could be praying for us. “Did you just say a meeting?” Well, just read the following Bible passages.
In the Bible in the Book of Luke chapter 9, reading from verse 28 to 36, it says, “About eight days after Jesus said these things, He took Peter, John, and James and went up on a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became shining white. Then two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with Jesus. They appeared in heavenly glory, talking about His departure which He would soon bring about in Jerusalem. Peter and the others were very sleepy, but when they awoke fully, they saw the glory of Jesus and the two men standing with Him. When Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents—one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Peter did not know what he was talking about.) While he was saying these things, a cloud came and covered them, and they became afraid as the cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, Whom I have chosen. Listen to Him!” When the voice finished speaking, only Jesus was there. Peter, John, and James said nothing and told no one at that time what they had seen.”
In the book of Matthew chapter 17 verses 1 to 9, it records that, “Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, the brother of James, up on a high mountain by themselves. While they watched, Jesus’ appearance was changed; His face became bright like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If You want, I will put up three tents here—one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While Peter was talking, a bright cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is My Son, Whom I love, and I am very pleased with Him. Listen to Him!” When His followers heard the voice, they were so frightened they fell to the ground. But Jesus went to them and touched them and said, “Stand up. Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw Jesus was now alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone about what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.”
Many Churches have Morning Prayer services from Monday to Friday. They do so for people who would like to come and pray every morning to commit their days to God, their lives, their jobs and work. So these people before they go to work, they will attend these Church morning services mainly for that.
Some leaders of most upper level management for some organizations and companies also understand the important of morning prayers sessions for their staff. I know few organizations that allow their employees to have prayer meetings every morning before working hours start. They would gather in meeting rooms according to their beliefs and religions, and they would pray. So if they missed praying at home, they know they would come and pray at work together with other believers. They would commit their daily tasks to God. They would also pray for their work projects. I mean, it creates such a wonderful workplace culture. It is no wonder such kind of these organizations and companies end up being successful.
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