Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Do you ever wake up in the morning and consider your options—you could sleep in ten, twenty, thirty minutes; immediately turn on the TV; read the paper; check your e-mail; workout; order that JCrew dress that just went on sale; wash, dry, and curl your hair for that extra pizzazz; or spend time in prayer and worship before the Lord—these are usually the thoughts that race through my mind when I wake up.
Many times I feel like I have all the time in the world, yet I still find a way to fill up my morning without involving the Lord. Other times, I’m so desperate for the Lord that even if it’s five minutes, I have to pray through scripture, just so I can get through the day. Often I think my need and willingness to fit the Lord into my life is based on my circumstances—when I feel in control and everything is going okay, I don’t need to start my days off with the Lord, but when I’m stressed, anxious, and lonely, being with the Lord is the only thing I want.
If the Lord is truly all my heart desires, He should be my first and only priority when I pop out of bed. Each day, He is so quick to rise and meet us. Each morning, He is ready to shower us with His unfailing love and restore our souls. Our job is to wake up and cry out to Him. It’s not something we need to be legalistic about, and obviously the Lord is quick to meet us at all times—day and night, but there is something fresh and renewing in beginning my mornings with Him.
My prayer is that we will have hearts that continually long for more of the Lord, as opposed to a circumstantial longing. That we will be women who cry out to the Lord first thing in the morning saying, “You are my God, early in the morning will I rise to meet you!”
Lord, I pray that I won’t have a heart that is distracted by all the other things around me—I just want you. I pray that in the morning, you will be my first priority. Sometimes it is so easy for me to lose sight of You and how important it is to rest in Your presence. Thank you that you are so quick to meet me in the morning. I pray that my heart will continually long for more of You.