The last time I committed to a daily quiet time, I promised God that nothing would get in its way. I would get up earlier. I would not only read my Bible and journal, but would spend an extended time in prayer. That worked for a long time until this week— when I got busy.
I had very early work appointments two mornings in a row and while I hurriedly read my Bible, I neglected my prayer time. I didn’t notice anything the first day, but the second day I was shooting a video blog and nothing went right technically. The camera on my phone continually blurred for no reason. The video would inexplicably stop. It took us twice as long to finish. That pushed the rest of the day, so I was working on a number of projects late afternoon when I received a text from my hairdresser: “Are you almost here?” I had forgotten about my hair appointment! I jumped in my car, and I kid you not, hit every red light on the way. I was forty-five minutes late and my hairdresser must have felt sorry for me as I arrived in tears. She gave me grace even though I deserved her consternation.
These were just minor inconveniences but I realized the impact that not praying had on my day. At that moment, I promised God that, at all cost, I would not neglect my morning prayer time again.
I’ve used this quote before but it’s worth repeating. Years ago, a Bible study teacher of mine said, “If you don’t start your day with God, how can you complain about it at the end of the day?” It was after she said this, I began to have a personal quiet time in the mornings. Maybe this will also prompt you to start one as well.
Jesus set the example of praying in the morning. In Mark 1:35 it says, “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.”
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” If God’s word gives us light for our journey, then why wouldn’t we start with it in the morning? Otherwise, we’ll stumble all over our feet when we attempt to maneuver on our own, without divine direction.
Today, won’t you begin your day by sipping coffee with your heavenly Father? We have the freedom to commune with him through the pathway that His Son Jesus Christ paved for us. I promise if you do, your day will go better.
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