"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2) "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;" (Colossians 4:2)
Hello there my dear friends. I wanted to share with you what has been on my heart for a while now. I finally decided to put it down into words. In this post I want to name just a few reason why we as followers of Christ should spend time with God in the morning. I mean every morning of our lives. I’m talking about this being the very first thing we do. Ok I do understand we will miss some days but I think trying to make that effort is a really vital part of being a Christian. So let’s jump in.
I think it is very important for us to have quiet time with God. By quiet time I mean praying and reading God's word. I do believe the best time to have quiet time is in the morning. I first handed have experienced the huge difference it makes in the day when the first thing I do when I wake up is go spend time with my Heavenly Father. Now if you can’t get to your quiet time in the morning, be creative. Find time during the day. Here are just a few ideas: break time in school/work, lunch time, right after work & etc. Trust me on this, When you put God first before everything in your life you will see the difference.
(1) Jesus spent time with God, so should we!
In scriptures we see Jesus spends time with God. He made the time to spend with his Father alone in prayer and communication. Jesus had a lot of important things to do. This man was healing the sick, feeding the poor, testifying the Gospel and so much more. He made the choice to spend time with his Father. God is our Father too. That means we need to spend that time with him talking to him in prayer and listening to him through his word.
Here are just few scriptures when Jesus is taking the time to spend with his Father:
· "Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed" (Mark 1v35)
·Mark 6v45-46; Mark 14v32-34; Luke 4v42; Luke 6v12; Luke 9v18, John 6v15.
(2) Not only did Jesus spend alone time with God but so did many other wise men. David, who throughout his psalms, wrote how he needed to spend time with God. He talked about how his soul yearns for him to be in God's word and in prayer. Another great example is in Isaiah 26v9: he expresses how his soul desires God in the night and by the spirit within him, he will seek God early.
Now that was just to name a couple. In the Bible, we see a lot of different ways wise men spend alone time with God in prayer and in the word.
(3) It brings us joy and contentment.
(4) Our spirit needs it!
Just like our body yearns for food every day the same goes with our spirit. The word is our daily food. The Bible is not to be treated as dessert that you have once in a while. I love how the NLT puts 1 Peter 2v2 – “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,” and Matthew 4v4 “But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
(5) To receive wisdom.
Wisdom is such an important part of us. As Christian we must demonstrate wisdom in every decision we make. Let’s see what wisdom is; James 3v17 – “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be in treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy”. Psalm 111v10 – “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!”
(6) For Guidance’s.
We want the Lord to lead us in all our ways, right? Well, when we spend time with Him and read the Bible that will happen!
(7) To be prepared no matter what.
1 Peter 3v15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”
So today lets declare to ourselves to spend time with God every day for the rest of our lives. Colossians 3v17 – “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
- - Nadia Komarova_