A good breakfast is key to a good day. It is good spiritually, as well.
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
Number six in my “Things I Want Graduating Seniors to Know” is:
Start your day right with the right focus.
A great way to begin in prayer is to read, and eventually quote, Psalm 139:23-24,
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
You will notice that it is a prayer, it gives the Lord free reign in our lives. It also gives Him permission to point out anything that would keep us from fellowshipping freely with Him. What kind of things would keep us from doing so? Pride, anger, and unconfessed sin are starters. I substitute other words in the place of “offensive,” such as destructive, misdirected, insincere, selfish, misguided, and even dangerous. I’m sure there are others that would fit.
The last part is Him exchanging our destructive way for the right way, His “way everlasting.” How does this exchange take place? How do we know what the exchange is? This is where 2 Timothy 3:16-17 comes into play,
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God speaks to us in our spirits, but He uses the bible as His vocabulary. Learn it! The more we know of His Word, the better we can communicate with Him learning just how wide, long, high, and deep His love is for us.
As we worship the Lord today, let us begin by giving our hearts, our thoughts, and our ways to Him and letting Him impart His heart, thoughts, and ways to us. It’s the right way to begin our day.
Abba, the next prayer I pray each morning is Psalm 73:23-24, “I realize that I am always with You; You hold my hand and guide me with Your counsel; You have promised me that I will get to be with You in glory forever!” Verses 25-26 express my heart to You, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My heart and my flesh fail, but You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” To this I say, “Amen!”