Each morning I spend the first minutes of the day with God. This has now become my routine. Like a cup of coffee, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing my teeth, this has become part of my life and part of me.
I rarely miss this time. When it is missed, it is missed greatly.
Today, I will explain what I do. Tomorrow I will attempt to explain why I do this and what it does for me personally.
Each morning, I get up earlier than I need in order to get dressed and get out the door. I do this to have time with God as I begin my day.
The first agenda for the morning is to get a cup of coffee and to offer God a cup of coffee.
I practice the spiritual discipline called “practicing the presence of God.” (At some time in the future, I will write on this more extensively. For me, this is indispensable). God is omni-present. He is Spirit. Practicing the presence of God simply acknowledges the reality of God and His presence among us.
Second, I spend time in prayer. My prayer time has evolved over time. At this point, the first part of prayer is to praise and worship God. Often, I quote Scripture to God, thanking or praising Him as found in Scripture. Recurring passages during this time are Psalm 103 (“Bless the Lord, O my soul”), the Lord’s Prayer, parts of Philippians 4, and Lamentations 3:22-23 (“God’s mercies are new every morning”). This has become my best time of worship. For a further discussion of praying Scripture, please click here.
I also pray for people, decisions, and especially for God to mold me into His image. I deal with my personal failings by confession and repentance.
Third, I spend time in God’s Word. For this year, I am reading through the Bible. I read through the New Testament in July (nine chapters a day for 30 days) and I am now reading through the Old Testament (three chapters each day for 330 days). This is not for everybody, but it is for me at this point in my life.
The important aspect of reading the Bible is simply to let God show you His heart. Reading through the Bible in a year is good but so is taking a verse at a time and meditating on its truth. There is not one right way to do this. I suggest you ask God how you should read and study the Bible for this time in your life.
Recently, I read the words of Paul Washer about the power of God’s Word: “This morning I came to the Word greatly discouraged. I left greatly encouraged.”
This is my experience as I begin my day with God. May God bless you with the same kinds of experiences.
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