A Spiritual Discipline You Can Do In Bed
Welcome to the final week of our “Prayer” study. I’m so proud of you for sticking with us all these weeks, and I hope you have grown in your understanding and love of prayer. This last week we are going to be answering the question “when should we pray?” I realize that we are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). But we are going to break this down into more tangible parts. Today we start with Psalm 5:3 which tell us that mornings are perfect times for prayer.
So I am not a morning person or a night person. I am a day person. In a perfect world my day would go from 8 to 8. That’s when I function best. I move slow in the morning. I don’t feel like talking, and I certainly don’t want to think. But Scripture tells us that beginning our day in prayer is extremely beneficial. We see Jesus spend time with the Father early in the morning (Mk. 1:35), and all throughout the Psalms we find David talking about the time he spent with God in the morning.
It is a spiritual discipline that can be done without us ever leaving the comfort of our bed! We don’t even have to open our eyes. For some, this makes morning the easiest time of day to pray.
“Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.” — Spurgeon
Believe it or not there is a lot to pray about before our feet hit the floor.
We can begin with thanksgiving. While some of us may not feel like being thankful that morning has come, once we begin looking for things to be thankful for our attitude will change.
So what can we be thankful for at the crack of dawn?
- That we have a bed to sleep in.
- That we were able to spend the night without having to fear for our lives.
- That He gave us the amount of rest He wanted us to have for that day (even if children woke us up or we found ourselves lying awake at night for no apparent reason).
- That He has given us work and prepared us to tackle our daily tasks.
- That no matter what our day holds, nothing can take our salvation away.
Then of course we can come to God with all of our requests.
- That we will glorify God in our conduct and words that day.
- That we will encounter all things with gratitude.
- That God will help us trust instead of worry no matter what our day holds.
- That He will remind us to use His time wisely.
Spending time in prayer each morning, before our schedules start pulling us in a hundred different directions, will help us anchor our minds on Christ. He is the one who gave us today, He is the one who sustains our life, He is the one whom we are to glorify in our day. He is our help, our strength and our wisdom.
Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. – Psalm 143:8
Looking To Jesus,
CHALLENGE WEEK 8:
Commit to praying before you even get out of bed each day. See how many days you can go without missing.
MEMORY VERSE WEEK 8:
READING PLAN WEEK 8: