O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you [direct my prayer to you] and watch. Psalm5:3
What a great way to start the day. I once heard you should sandwich your day in prayer – praying once when you rise, once when you lay down to sleep. But so often we hit the ground running, don’t we?
The day starts with us “getting”. We begin by getting ready, getting breakfast on the table, getting the family out the door with all of their last minute crises and paraphernalia. Then we move on to getting first to the pets’ needs, then the world’s. Finally, getting into traffic for the daily commute before getting to work. “Maybe I can squeeze in time for an arrow prayer- but that is all I can give you right now, Lord. Catch you later. Love ya. Bye.”
I see Him sigh, shake His head and say, “Child. Don’t you get it? I thirst for time with you. I want to bless your day.”
God is the most important person with whom we can spend time, because our time with Him is the monitor for how we spend the rest of our day. I am hardly a morning person. I need to wind up before I can even grunt a civil word. But I know my attitude is better, I see more blessings and I have less stress when I take time to turn the day back over to the One who created it. If I take the time to listen for instructions from the Commander of my life, there will be less wandering off the path into my own devices and desires. When I start my day sacrificing it back through prayer to Him who has made it , it just goes better. Then, during the day, I am always amazed how He orchestrates it- even the things that go “wrong” seem to get better.
For one week, take time out, even if it is in the shower, to spend time with God. Recall how you have been blessed, offer up the day to His glory, and ask for Him to give you wisdom, compassion and patience as you go through the day. Ask Him to use you to spread His kingdom in some way that day. Then watch what He does. He never disappoints!