Posted by: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus | September 18, 2009

Why Morning Devotions are Important

Because God’s Word says they are, that’s why!

 

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)

 

But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.” (Psalm 88:13)

 

In both of these verses from the Psalms, we see the psalmist declaring his intention, and his follow through, to seek God early. The Scripture here makes the specific point that this takes place in the morning.

 

Now, certainly we ought to pray and seek God’s face at other times. We ought to have evening, family devotions. The scriptures tell us to “pray without ceasing.” Nevertheless, there is something special about communing with God in the morning. It sets a tone for the whole day. Before we have a thousand and one other things cluttering our minds, we have that time with God that can really and truly be devoted to Him, without worrying about the kids or the job or anything else. Our minds are ready to receive, our hearts are tender and ready to be prepared for the day.

 

The Lord Jesus sets the example for us in this,

 

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

 

Jesus, if we will recall, “doeth all things well.” It would do us well to emulate Him, then. Indeed, that is what being a “Christian” – a little Christ – is all about. Becoming more Christlike. I would daresay that to the extent that we do NOT devote time to fellowship with the Lord in our mornings, we are failing that much in our efforts to be like Him.

 

Mark says that Jesus rose up a great while before day, i.e. daybreak. He was getting up when it was still dark. This example, perhaps, knocks the foundation out from underneath one of the more convenient excuses we use to justify why we can’t have morning devotions, or give them short shrift. You know the excuse of our modern era – “I just don’t have time.” Jesus MADE time. I mean, look at the context in Mark. Just a few verses before, the Scripture tells us that even after the sun set, people were coming to Jesus for healing. He was busy too. He had a lot of demands on HIS time while here in His earthly ministry. It’s not like He had the luxury of a lot of time on HIS hands either. Yet, He made the time to be in fellowship with His heavenly Father.

 

We ought to as well, and when we don’t we both cheat ourselves of the blessings of a closer walk with God, and we fail to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ.

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