Finding time to be alone with God is a very important part of our Christian walk and the Abundant life that God wants us to live, but in todays fast paced lifestyles it can be challenging to find the time. I have found in my own life that if I spend even just 15 minutes in prayer in the mornings, my day seems to go much more smoothly than if I don’t. I am better prepared to face all of the unexpected challenges that come up throughout the day. The longer I walk with God, the more inadequate I feel and the more I recognize a need to come before the Lord in prayer.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
As Christians it is important to spend time thanking God for what he has done for us and repenting of any sin in our life as well as bringing our needs before him. We also need to spend time just praising and worshiping him for who he is and the sacrifice he made for us. Jesus tells us, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). If we will seek his guidance before we get into the busyness of the day God will take care of all of our needs.
But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
To begin the day with the Lord puts Jesus as our number one priority for the day. We are saying, Lord no matter what else is going on, you are the most important thing in my life.
Second, when we spend time with him, he will help us to set our priorities during the day. Sometimes we are pulled in so many different directions that we just end up frustrated and not doing justice to anything or anyone. Jesus can help us wade through the “muck” and bring order where there once was chaos.
Third, it helps to build our relationship with the Father by involving him in every aspect of our life and not getting so busy that we squeeze him out of our life.
but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer
Doctors tell us that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. It often determines our energy levels, alertness, and even our mood throughout the day. But we also need a “spiritual breakfast” to start our day off right. Filling our spirit with good things first thing in the morning is part of having an abundant life in Christ.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.