Before Your Morning Coffee
Posted: Friday, July 7
1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
Verse of the day:
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3)
Meditation on the Word of God and prayer are necessities for a healthy Christian life. They are also a good practice at any time of the day or night. Of course your own personal schedule, based on time and responsibilities, may determine when.
All things being equal, however, I feel the best time of all is in the early morning—just my own thoughts based on a couple of things/patterns I have noted in the Bible, (including our passage for this devotion). I think a believer who wakes up each morning to the voice of the God through His Word will, in turn, be ready to speak words of blessing to others throughout the day. And as we tune into His voice each morning through prayer, God will hear and direct our steps for that day, (better than a cup of coffee, and I like coffee!).
This example was set by Jesus Himself: "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed". If even Jesus Christ needed such a quiet time early in the morning set aside to fellowship with His Father, we would do well to follow His example—if possible.
Note the prayer of David: "Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee". We urgently need to know the way we should walk each day. Without daily guidance from God, it is so easy to step off of the path He has designed for us and into our own ways. So, I feel the obvious time to pray for guidance is at the very beginning of every day—let’s get a head-start on what lies out in front of us so we don’t have to play catch-up!