O LORD, hear me as I pray, pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I will never pray to anyone but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:1-3, NLT
I must confess . . . I am not usually a morning person. I like to stay up late and then sleep in late . . . or at least as late as possible. Life has intruded on that little preference, however! Children do not let us moms sleep late . . . and I guess we had better get up and go to work!
I just wanted to make that point clear so that you would understand just how unusual it has been for me to get up early this past year and spend time with my God. Previously, I would talk to God throughout the day, or at night . . . but this year I have been the early bird. And I have loved it. It is now such a habit that I can’t imagine starting my day without a regular chat with God. I even get a little annoyed if anything or anyone tries to infringe on that time . . . whereas before, distractions—if not exactly welcome—were certainly easy to go with!
I want to encourage you as you begin to spend these moments with God. The point is that you spend time each day with the Lord. Don’t just rush through these moments . . . this is not a matter of clocking in and out or just doing your Christian duty. It is about developing a relationship with your loving Creator. He can’t and won’t ever force a relationship on you. He just longs for you to willingly love Him and choose to spend time with Him.
If I am going to have a great relationship with my husband, it will involve spending time with him . . . not time grudgingly given, but time freely and lovingly given . . . talking to him and, just as much (if not more), listening to him. (OK, that’s the hard part!!)
As David cried in the psalm, ”Hear me as I pray. . . . Listen to my voice in the morning . . . I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Your heavenly Father longs to deepen His relationship with you. He is waiting for you to come and talk to Him. Tell Him your fears . . . your dreams . . . your thoughts . . . your wants. He knows them anyway; He just wants to hear them from you!
Daily Step: Tell God your biggest fear and your biggest dream.