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 NIV
Rev. David Yonggi Cho was asked about his busy schedule of pastoring the largest church in the world (now 800,000). He already had a habit of rising 2 hours early to spend time in prayer and Bible reading. Maybe with a very busy schedule for the day, he would sleep a little longer to have the needed energy and strength to function at his highest capacity. His reply and practice, “On a very busy day, I rise even an hour earlier than normal, for God knows how much more help I will need from Him for the work of the day.”
The devil will use every excuse in the book that you can think of to stop you from connecting with God for your day. “I am too tired.” “I am not a structured person.” “I was trying to go to sleep earlier, but got interrupted.” “My children are young and are demanding too much of my time, when they grow up then I will start.” “Work is very important to me, I can’t be late.” “I’ve tried to have a Quiet Time in the morning, I am not an early morning person.” “When I try to pray and read, I can’t focus my mind, so it really isn’t that helpful.” “I read, but I don’t connect with God, so why continue?”
Let the model of Jesus lead you and inspire you to make a daily connection with God a habit.
- Because Jesus was fully human like we are, he needed to connect with God to know direction for His life and to be re-energized. He never relied upon His divinity to do the work that God wanted Him to do.
- He arose and got out of bed. The bed is a great place to lay down to rest. Solomon mentioned the woes of a lazy person, “As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed.” Proverbs 26:14 NKJV
- He found a place of solitude. This is probably one of the bigger challenges in a home with multiple family members or roommates. Have a designated chair or spot that is like a place for an appointment. When you see it, let it be a reminder of your appointment with God.
- He prayed. Thinking about the events and daily schedule is not prayer. Pray aloud. Whisper or speak your concerns to God. Listen for His reply and respond back to Him in faith that He is dialoguing with you. He has much to say to you. Distractions will keep you running from here to there in your thoughts without ever connecting to God as the source of your life.
Ask Jesus to help you. Invite Him to help your feeble attempts. Ask Him to put a hunger and thirst for Him that is so strong that nothing else will satisfy your soul but Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him.
Blessings Love y’all