Ever felt like your mornings are devoid of life and purposed?
Felt like everything became too fast-paced?
We end up starting the day, getting through the motions of the day, not realizing that we may end up neglecting the most important thing in our lives. We end up forgetting about being thankful as we become embroiled with worries.
Let’s slow down for a bit. The best way to start the day is to take your Bible, find a quiet place, and have a morning devotion. You can do this personally, or with your family. But do not fail to set aside that time.
Here are some benefits that you would reap when you always have a consistent time for morning devotional prayer.
1. You Start Your Day by Worshiping God
An important thing about morning devotional prayer is that you start your day in worship. Setting aside time for a personal moment with God, especially in the morning before going about your day, allows you to get that moment of connection with God.
During these times, you have the chance to exalt and affirm God for who he is and give thanks for what he has done for you and for what blessings he has in store for you. Through this, you have this moment of being intimate with God where it is only you and Him.
David made mention of these in his Psalms, setting time in prayer during the morning to lay his cares and wait for God’s answer (Psalm 5:3). Jesus also held an example where, early in his ministry, he took a moment to pray in a solitary place (Mark 1:35).
2. Morning Devotions Give Inspirations
Starting your day with a morning devotion can grant moments of inspiration and insight. Morning Devotions are your personal moments when you reflect on God’s Word and take note of what His Word tells you.
It is in these times where you get that “Aha!” moment after reading through Scripture. You get lessons and nuggets of insight after a morning devotion, which you can bring through the rest of the day. An example is a devotional nugget taken from Matthew 5:16, where you ensure that you glorify God in everything that you do.
Whether you follow a Devotional Plan or having a series of devotional nuggets like ones from My Bible Verse of The Day, take a moment and digest these insights.
3. A Moment with God Gives You Strength
You can define strength in various ways. Like how physical health is different from the strength in spirit and will. With morning devotional prayer, you get strength in spirit. This is not only in the form of having the energy brought through inspiration. But also the strength to push through and conquer in the spiritual realm.
In every day that we face, having a regular time for prayer and devotion ensures that you train and bolster yourself for the spiritual warfare. There are times where we are under attack in the spirit by the Devil. In times like such, we fight in the spiritual through intercession and prayer.
In our journey as Christians, there are two examples that the Apostle Paul used to illustrate them. One is that of a soldier, while the other is of an athlete (2 Timothy 2). What both of these examples have in common is how they train and discipline themselves.
Through rigorous training, a soldier becomes effective in the battlefield. While an athlete is aptly prepared for the race with victory in mind. This is also true with having a morning habit of prayer and devotion. We train spiritually; armed against the enemy’s schemes and prepared in making our lives as examples worth pointing towards Christ.
4. We Have a Clear Direction from God
A beautiful thing after spending a personal moment with God through Morning Prayer is when you get a clear direction on how God will move in your life. As you meditate on God’s Word, you will notice clear cut instructions alongside promises and words of blessings and encouragement.
Being sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit will also tell you of this. You notice affirmations in your devotional reading, in the preacher’s Sunday sermon, and you get this sense that it all comes together. It is at this moment that you know God is at work, telling you something.
Being in sync with God’s will and instructions gives us a clear direction. As we grow deeper in our faith, we frequently discover these moments.
5. We Become Optimized and Motivated
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When we have our morning devotions and making a habit of doing so, we get more reasons to push on by following what God is teaching us. In the Bible, you will find a number of affirmations and promises of blessings. You will also find a good number of stories of men and women of faith whose lives are testaments that we can strive to emulate.
An encouragement that stands until today is in Isaiah 41:10. It reminds us that God is with us in times of trouble and that we need not afraid for He is there for us. Another encouragement that also stands as a promise is in Jeremiah 29:11, where God has willed things for our sake. You can find more of these encouragements to uplift you as you go with your devotions.
Being reminded of these promises gives us the motivation to follow God’s Word, to follow through to his promises. At that same time, the biggest motivation is that you begin to see how God moves in your lives.
Make the Morning Devotional Prayer a Habit Today!
Starting the morning with God is the best way to start the day. Set aside time for you to personally worship God, read the Bible, take note of those insights in your journal, and dedicate time for morning devotional prayer. When you pray, prepare to be still and listen.
Especially for the youth, we need to understand the importance of faith and a connection with God. It is not too late to start.
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