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In the Morning

sunriseWhen I was single, my roommate and I set forth on a plan: to get up early three days a week and work out before our quiet time in the morning.  We weren’t exactly faithful, and I must admit, it is painful to wake up while the sun is still sleeping.  However, once I got outside, there was something majestic about watching God’s handiwork as a new day dawned on the horizon. 

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. – Ps 5:3

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”.  Does that mean God will only listen to us in the morning?  Of course not, but I do believe that my path is not straight if I do not start my day by talking to God and getting in His Word.  Psalm 5 has been referred to as a morning prayer, a preparation to worship.  In fact, that is why I originally started writing devotionals and sharing them with friends and co-workers each morning.

At the university where I worked, staff, faculty and students all started their days at different times, making it nearly impossible to hold a morning prayer meeting. However I quickly learned that no matter where they were or what they had planned for that day, they would sit down to read this so they could start their day with God.

Begin your morning in conversation with Him.  He is ready to listen to you.  Before we can begin to worship Him, we must first call out to him.  Lay your requests before him and watch how he will work in your life.  Rest in the confidence that what you ask for will come to fruition within His will and His timing.  If you haven’t already done so today, take time right now to stop what you’re doing and thank God for this day.