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Start Your Day with Prayer

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

This morning when I woke up, my fingers itched to click open my e-mail. Had that work problem been resolved? Had a friend posted an update on her job search that we were praying about? Was there a new breakthrough in some medical research I was following?

My Bible called to me from the coffee table.

Just one quick look at my e-mails, I thought.

And then: Who would you rather start your day with?

The quiet thought stopped me in my tracks. Jesus, the Savior of the world, wanted to spend time with me, wanted to give me the gift of His perspective on the issues that would face me once I booted up my computer.

I knew from past experience that as soon as I checked my messages, my brain would be caught up in problems to solve, questions to answer, distractions that could pull my heart in a million directions. Even if I eventually remembered to have my quiet time, I’d go into it with a restless mind.

Scripture is full of admonitions to give God the “first fruits” of our earnings, and I’m learning how wise it is to give Him the “first fruits” of my time as well.

Faith step: As difficult as it can be, tomorrow morning, spend time with Jesus before turning on the radio or television, opening an e-mail, or reading a text.

By Sharon Hinck

This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2013.

Every morning as I take my walk I use that time for prayer. I pray for my Spark friends, my family, friends, whatever problem may be at issue in my life, that is when I lay it all out and ask The Lord for help for each and every one and then I am at peace for my day. I can't solve all problems nor can I actually help everyone but HE can so I put my faith in Him.
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    Well put. Thank you. So important to keep our priorities right.
    2704 days ago
    Prayer should never be a last resort.

    I Didn't Have Time

    I got up early one morning
    And rushed right into the day!
    I had so much to accomplish
    That I didn't have time to pray.

    Problems just tumbled about me,
    And heavier came each task.
    "Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered.
    He answered, "You didn't ask!"

    I tried to come into God's presence;
    I used all my keys at the lock.
    God gently and lovingly chided,
    "Why, child, you didn't knock!"

    I wanted to see joy and beauty,
    But the day toiled on, gray and bleak.
    I wondered why God didn't show me.
    He said, "But you didn't seek."

    I woke up early this morning,
    And paused before entering the day.
    I had so much to accomplish
    That I had to take time to pray!

    By Grace L. Naessens

    "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

    - Henry Ford
    Isa_26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
    Mat_11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

    Great blog!
    2706 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Hi Pat
    A very good reminder to organize your life along the right priorities. Everything else follows from that.
    I really hope your hubby's health gets diagnosed soon -- it's a lot easier to tackle when you know what you're treating:)
    Have a great day,
    2710 days ago
    emoticon It is so nice of you to think of others and yourself by calming prayer and reflection before starting the day.
    2710 days ago
    2710 days ago
    Thank you Pat. You are amazing
    2711 days ago
    I believe prayer is an important part of each day. I start my day in prayer with my breakfast. I do pray at each meal. I also pray at different times of the day. When someone on sparkpeople or facebook ask for a prayer request I stop whatever I am doing and talk to God about that specific prayer request. I am a firm believer in prayer. God wants us to talk to him. He is a friend that will ALWAYS be there for you.

    2711 days ago
    emoticon That is an awesome way to start your day Pat! I am so that way, can't wait to get on the computer and see who has left me messages. I was trying to do prayer before I began and pray for all of my online friends on the sites I frequent. Thank you for reminding me where my priorities need to be and where I want them. emoticon emoticon
    2711 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/3/2013 7:59:17 PM
    A truly wonderful way to start each day. HUGS!
    2711 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I start every day with this prayer: Create in me a pure heart, O my God
    and renew a tranquil conscience
    within me, O my hope!
    Through the spirit of power confirm
    Thou me in Thy cause,
    O my Best - Beloved,
    and by the light of Thy glory
    reveal unto me Thy path,
    O Thou the goal of my desire.

    It sure gets things off to a good start!
    2711 days ago
    An excellent reminder, Pat. Thank you. Generally speaking (and I TRY to always do this), I start my day with Bible reading and devotionals. Our church as a whole is reading through the Bible in a year, using a special NIV Bible.....a few chapters from the Old Testament, something from the New Testament and a bit from either Psalms or Proverbs, each day. I also read from Our Daily Bread, and Jesus Calling. Each time I read (or hear about) someone in need of prayer, I stop and pray, and when or if I think of them again during the day, I say another short prayer.
    2711 days ago
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