The alarm sounds and I admit, I sometimes hit the snooze button. It’s a habit I’m still working to break. I find this challenge harder during the winter months, when it’s so much colder out of the bed, than in.
I reach across my nightstand piled high with books for my journal and my Bible — and my phone. I’m a HelloMornings tweeter, and so I like to check in and gather prayer requests before settling in for my quiet time.
If I’m being honest, prayer isn’t always the first thing on my mind in the mornings. I have four children and we home-school, so there is often a list of things already competing for my attention at the start of the day — breakfast to be made, a run to squeeze in, laundry to start on, and so on.
So what do we do with this early morning time? I can tell you, the best thing you can do with the time is pray. I know this because I have filled those early morning minutes with every other activity, and none of them help as much as the time spent in prayer.
Praying for the day is a powerful way to face whatever may come. When we wake each morning, we may have preconceived notions about the day. We may think we know what it will look like, but the truth is, life is delightfully (and sometimes disturbingly) unpredictable.
So, how can you be prepared for the unknown? The time we spend in prayer — before the day has a chance to unfold — is a time of such preparation. This time of seeking and listening is the perfect start to any day, and besides that, God wants to hear from us. He waits to hear from us.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
(Isaiah 30:18 NIV84)
He longs to be gracious to you. What an inspiring word! He longs to hear you ask for what you need. He wants to bless you, so go to Him in prayer. Bring your request before God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(Philippians 4:6 NIV84)
The HelloMornings challenge is about preparing for our day in the best possible way. The best way to prepare for anything is by seeking God first. Even if you cannot pray about the unknown specifics of your day, you can certainly seek God’s counsel and wisdom for whatever may come — He knows what you need before you even ask (Matthew 6:8).
Having a fabulous time of morning prayer doesn’t mean the day won’t go awry. But having prepared for the day by praying first can help us deal with things with clarity of mind when the day goes off the rails.
During our morning prayers with God, He often opens our eyes to His purpose for our day, allowing us the freedom to abandon our plans, in order to more fully fulfill His.
So you’re awake, yes, there’s lots to do — why not start the day off on your knees, so you can take off running on the right foot?
KATIE HERE, WITH A QUICK NOTE!
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