Read Your Bible, Pray Every Day

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).

Do you take time to read your Bible and pray every day? I don’t. But I want to. It’s a goal I’m working toward.

I confess I don’t always read the Bible daily, although I never get through the day without needing to pray.

There are times when I oversleep and skip my Bible reading. But when I do, I feel poorly equipped to face the challenges of the day before me.

I have a stress-filled life; a high-pressure job. If I don’t spend time in God’s presence every day, I find I lose my temper easily. I get impatient and make mistakes. Worst of all, I’m uncertain of what God is trying to accomplish and I can’t sense His direction very well.

If I take a few minutes to read God’s word and pray before my day begins, I’m much more likely to be sensitive to the things He wants me to do and to the people He wants me to care for. I’m more aware of His guidance if I have taken time to be with Him. I deal with issues much better if I have given my day and its events to the Lord. I am much less likely to be stressed and short-tempered.

Even David needed to pray before his day began. He says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice.”

Join me in my efforts to pray and read the Bible. Every day.

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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