Martin Wiles

"Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3 NLT

I come from a family where most members love the morning hours.

My paternal grandfather was a morning man. He had to be. His job demanded it. He was a milkman when milk was delivered to people’s homes in bottles. When the milkman was like a postal person: nothing was supposed to prevent delivery. People wanted their milk when they got up in the morning. If it wasn’t there, they would complain or take their business elsewhere.

My maternal grandfather also loved the morning, but not because his job required it. He was a farmer and could have gotten up any time he chose, but he got up early to enjoy nature. With cigarette and flyswatter in hand (there were two chicken farms across the field from his house), he retired to the front porch, listened to the birds and waited for the sun to top the tips of the tall pines that lounged at the other end of a nearby field. It was his morning tradition, and one he didn’t vary from.

Dad was also an early riser -- but for a different reason than his dad. Morning was his time to pray, read the Bible and study his sermons for Sunday and Wednesday. It was a tradition he maintained even after he retired and until he died.

I’ve followed in the family tradition. When my children were small, morning was the only quiet time around the house -- except for later in the evening. Evening didn’t work for me. And still doesn’t. My mind shuts down after dark. And if it doesn’t shut down, it is so cluttered with the day’s clutter that I can’t focus on spiritual disciplines.

The psalmist was a morning person. He had no alarm clock to awaken him, but he rose early and took his requests to the Lord. Jesus often did the same. “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (Mark 1:35 NLT)

While God doesn’t dictate morning as the time we must come to Him, He does have a lot to say through those who followed Him about the advantages of coming to Him in the morning.

Our minds are fresher in the morning. We may still be sleepy, but the clutter of the day hasn’t cluttered our minds yet. While some function better at night, the advantages of the morning are weighty. Quiet reigns, which allows us to focus.

When we approach God in the morning, the day is before us. We’ve not made any mistakes or decisions yet. The potential, however, is there. And what day doesn’t involve decisions, temptations, or potential mistakes? Coming to God in the morning allows us to petition Him for guidance, strength and wisdom. And also to ask Him to arm us with the spiritual armor we’ll need for the day’s events.

Regardless of what time of the day or night we come before God, coming consistently is the most important matter. Just as regular communication with others stabilizes friendships, marriages and relationships, so spending time each day with God cements our relationship with Him.

Morning by morning -- or whenever is good for you -- spend time with God.


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