Morning Prayer

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. 

Psalm 143:8
The Apostle Paul tells us to pray at all times. And indeed, in the Bible, prayer is recorded at just about every hour of the day and night. But if there is one time of day when prayer seems to be most important in the scriptures, it's the morning.

And of course this makes sense. Our first thought of any given day should be of God. We should thank God that we woke up. We should dedicate the day ahead of us to God's work. We should pray for God's guidance that we may make good choices and avoid wrongdoing in the hours ahead of us. And there may be (indeed there should be) others on our minds for whom we want to pray for strength and courage over the course of coming day.

Jesus appeared to live his life in the presence of others. He was surrounded by his family, his disciples, the crowds. It seems he seldom had a moment's peace during his day. But we do find him on occasion seeking solitude—especially in the wee hours of the morning—to commune with God. Like our Lord, we Christians should spend quiet time alone with God to start our day. Though the degree of aloneness with God we achieve will vary from person to person, we shouldn't be surprised to find that our most direct line of communication with the Divine will find its connection before our day truly gets started.

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
 Mark 1:35
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of thee, let my first impulse be to worship thee, let my first speech thy Name, let my first action be to kneel before thee in prayer. Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said, think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of thee. Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth, and joy, and power, that will remain with me through all the hours of the day.
 John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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