In the morning Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
Mom taught us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Baba thought so too, getting up at 3am to start the biscuits, and it’s a fact I try to teach my patients. Whether you prefer something quick, or a full sit down breakfast, most people know that eating a healthy meal in the morning gives the body needed nutrients and energy. But if that’s the case, why do so many skip it? Or eat rice for breakfast? We deny our bodies what they need, and then we wonder why we’re drained and unable to focus later in the day.
Spending time with the Lord in the morning is like breakfast for our spirits. Not knowing what a day may hold, it’s important to begin the day with our focus on things eternal. No law or commandment says that believers must have morning prayer. However, the example is set throughout scripture. Job rose early each morning to pray for his children. David sought God in the morning. And Jesus got up very early to pray.
As believers, we need to start our day with full bellies and full spirits. Taking time to connect with God in the morning sets our priorities for the rest of the day and prepares us for whatever may come our way.
If you’ve ever been running late and though, “I’ll grab a bite to eat later,” you know that doesn’t always happen. You end up filling up with the wrong choices because you’re starving. Spending time with God can go the same way. If you think, “Oh, I’ll do that a little later,” it may not happen at all and the enemy will put other things in your path.
We have to make the decision to start our day off right, filling our bellies and our spirits before rushing off to face what the day has in store. Lord, fill me with your Spirit so that I exude You for the rest of the day. Amen.