Our mornings are often filled with traffic, coffee, dinging and ringing phones, and rushing to get to our destinations. We rarely have time for much else, how in the world do we fit in quiet time with the Lord?
And then, if we use Instagram pictures and Facebook posts as the rules and regulations for how quiet time should look, we find that we need the following items: cup of coffee/tea, cute pillows, perfect journal, and Bible. Then we need to get up at 6am. We need to take an hour to praise and worship God, sing songs to Him, and read the Word. And then once we do that, we can be on our way.
All of that is nice and wonderful if you are able to do so, but please do not let the pictures and posts set the standard for quiet time with the Lord. Scripture tells us that we simply need a thirst and desire for God. That’s it.
However, there is beauty in seeking the Lord in the morning. Giving Him the firstfruits of our day strengthens us for the day ahead. Giving the Lord a portion of your morning says that nothing else matters, not the few extra moments of sleep, not the coffee, the never-ending notifications, or the million and one things that need to be done. Using the morning to spend time with the Lord sets the standard for the day and sets Him at the beginning of our day.
The morning is the opportunity to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7), to rejoice in the day ahead (Psalm 118:24), and to lean on Him for all understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). The morning is the moment to surrender completely unto Him. There isn’t a set time, set place, or set order for your praise and worship, just make it authentic and pure.
So no need for the pens, journal or cute pillows. Your heart, willing spirit, and lips are more than enough. And as you seek the Father, laying your requests at His feet, wait expectantly for Him to answer you.
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord . Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalms 5:3
Peace and Blessings