The Morning Watch – Part 2
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice…” (Psalm 5:3a NIV)
David prayed and he touched the heart of God! Why? First of all, because he prayed with urgency and intensity—with his whole being. Notice also that he did it every single day. He knew that every day was different; so he said to God, “In the morning, you’re going to hear my voice.”
In essence, David had made a habit of calling on the Lord, and we need to do the same. How is a habit formed? You do it once, and then you do it again. By the third time, it may still feel a little strange, but you keep on; and then you do it the tenth time, and then the twentieth time. By the thirtieth time, it’s already second nature. An act repeated enough becomes a habit, and good habits combined form good character.
Remember that the Christian life can be lived only on a daily basis. Even if an angel were to come to your house today, sit down and have a meal with you, by the time you wake up the next morning, you’re going to need Jesus again. That’s why the Lord taught us to pray, “Give us this day...”—not our weekly bread, but rather—“...our daily bread.” Many Christians are weak and frail and miss out on blessings because they don’t live daily in the presence of God and in his Word. Instead, they may pray weekly, monthly, or just twice a year. Imagine a life of hardly ever coming before God’s presence or opening his Word. We wouldn’t do that to our bodies when it comes to food, because none of us can eat just once a week or once a year. We need daily nourishment.
We’re not talking here about legalism and fake spiritualism, saying that if you don’t spend a certain amount of time with God, or do it at a certain time, you’re not really praying. You and God will decide on the amount of time once you get alone with him. But it’s a good practice to talk to God before you talk to anyone else; because no matter what any person says to us, it won’t be as important as our conversation with the Lord.
Unfortunately, everything in our world works against this. People are now actually so addicted to their cell phones, that they sleep with them! But I’m telling you that before you text anybody, before you check your email, before you read the newspaper, you need to speak to the Lord! Just talk to him about the things that concern you and what you are up against that day. Do it each day; and, before you know it, you will be eager to get alone with your heavenly Father. You’ll be able to say, “Oh, Father, I do have a lot to talk to you about this morning.” That’s what prayer is. Talk to him about what you need. It’s not, “You gotta pray!” No, we have the privilege to talk to our Father before we begin our day. He’s the one who invites us. He’s the one who says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble… Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you” (Psalm 50:15; Matthew 7:7). Let’s accept his invitation this morning, and every morning of our lives.
To be continued…
Read Psalm 5:3-7.