If I had to describe my ideal morning I would start by waking up nice and early, working out for a bit, getting a shower, then sitting down with a cup of coffee and the Bible and reading. I say this is my ideal morning because my morning usually looks a lot more like me getting up way too late, cleaning up and rushing off to class. I would like to say that I then make up that time with God later on in the day, but I often forget. Between all of the studying, homework, music, and just living life it is easy to forget God, but this is the last thing we should do. Martin Luther once said “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” and I completely agree with this. My best days are the ones that I have a chance spend with God. I try to mix up. Some mornings I spend time reading and learning, some I pray extra long, some I just sit in silence and listen to what God is telling me.
I love the days that I spend my morning in the Word. I typically start off by reading a Psalm. I like to start off with this because it just gets my heart in the right place. It is a praise to God. It makes sure that my heart is worshiping God. After that I try to dive in to some heavier material. I have been working on a plan that we are reading with CRU in our Bible Studies. I lead the Men’s study, so it is important that I try to keep up with the readings. The plan has us reading the entire Bible in 2 years. I really like that it bounces around so I can get a good background and don’t get too bored with some of the drier sections. The biggest thing that I like to do is sit down with a highlighter and try to pick a couple of verses out of what we are reading to focus on that day. I try to carry these verses with me all day. The bible says:
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Johsua 1:8
To me this is crucial. This is where I learn the most and grow the most. I often find that a verse I read that morning turns out to be crucial later in the day when I find myself tempted and tried.
This has been a new one for me. I started this by recommendation of one of my mentors in CRU and it has really been life changing. I usually sit down on my bed or on the couch and I just close my eyes and sit. I wait knowing that God has something to tell me, something He wants me to know. I sit expectantly waiting. In silence. Even just sitting in silence was hard at first. Silence is awkward. It is uncomfortable, but the more you do it the more you hear. That sounds a little backwards, but it is true. If I spend all my time talking at God I will never hear what He wants to say. It is the same with any normal person. Conversations that are one sided are never fun. Like my parents used to tell me: you have one mouth and two ears for a reason.
Another means of silence that I have worked on is a little different. It is a form of meditation based on mindfulness. This one is not necessarily silence, I use a guide in my headphones to keep me on track, but the goal is to be more aware of my surroundings.
I have written about prayer earlier, but prayer is super important to me. Jesus would often spend his mornings alone in prayer, so I have decided to do that too. While there are many types of prayer I am going to focus on the longer prayers I do every couple of days. Typically I follow the format of the Lord’s prayer.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give
us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
I start by praising God. I believe that worship is super important. To me this is worship. I want to make it known that God is on top, He is the highest, He has more worth than anything else in my life. Next I ask God that His will would be done one Earth, in my life. To me this is important because I really have trouble giving up control of my life to Jesus. It is crucial that I put God’s will before mine, especially in prayer. Next I ask that God would provide for my needs. This is where I ask God to watch over me, to give me advice on how to handle things. This is where I ask for the things I need to stay close to God and to make it day to day. After that I ask God to forgive me of my sins. Repentance is powerful, so I make sure it is a part of every day. Finally, I ask that God would guide my every move and keep me walking on His path.
I believe that morning is one of the most powerful times of the day as it sets you up for the rest of the day. Let me know in the comments what you like to do with your mornings and which of the three things I do is your favorite!