Should I Pray in the Morning?

It is vital that we start our day determined that God will take center stage.
Here are a few examples of individuals who did so:

ABRAHAM…..in order to stand before the Lord (Genesis 19:27)

THE AFFLICTED…..those in pain and anguish seek Him early (Hosea 5:15)

DAVID…the day he fought Goliath….it’s better to fight your giants early, for they tend to grow during the day (I Samuel 17:20)

THE DISCIPLES…..they got up early to hear the teachings of Jesus (Luke 21:38)

ELKANAH and HANNA (the parents of Samuel) rose early to worship the Lord (I Samuel 1:19)

GIDEON……he got up early to check his fleece (Judges 6:38)

GOD….yes: the Bible says He gets up early too (Jeremiah 32:3 & 7:25)

THE HEBREWS…..to gather manna. This symbolizes our need to collect spiritual nourishment early.  (Exodus 16:16-17)

ISAIAH…..he said, “I will seek the Lord early”  (Isaiah 26:9)

JACOB…..to erect a pillar and to make a promise to God (Genesis 28:18-22)

JESUS…Early in the morning He got up to pray (Mark 1:35)

JESUS…..He rose early to teach. Isaiah’s prophecy states the Messiah would be an early-riser (Isaiah 50:4; 41:25 & Luke 8:2)

JOB…..He got up early to offer sacrifices (Job 1:5)

JOSHUA…..he rose early, following God’s orders, to encompass and conquer Jericho Joshua 6:12-15)

MARY MAGDELINE…..she rose up early to go to Jesus’ tomb (John 20:1)

MOSES…..he got up early to build an altar and twelve pillars to the Lord (Exodus 12:24)

MOSES….He rose early the day he climbed Mount Sinia (Exodus 34:4)

THE PSALMIST…..numerous times in the Psalms we find it is normative to pray and praise the Lord first thing in the morning. (Psalm 57:8-9; 63:1; 78:34 & 108:2)

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James 5:16:  “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Luke 22:40:  “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’”

I John 5:14:  “This is the confidence we have when approaching God: if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Being assured He hears us, we also know He will grant our petitions”.

 

 

Maxim of the Moment

The bankrupt man is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. - H.W. Arnold