“Early in the Morning”

Bob Warning | Tue, February 24, 2015

The psalmist writes in Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in his book, Psalms, "The morning prayer determines the day. Squandered time of which we are ashamed, temptations to which we succomb, weakness and lack of courage in work. disorganization and lack of discipline in our thoughts and in our conversation... all have their origin most often in the neglect of morning prayer."

Obviously, Mr. Bonhoeffer did not have a Twitter account or Facebook to know that there is ministry to be done there, early in the morning! (Smile)

This really convicted me of how I sometimes choose to grab my phone or tablet, first, before grabbing my Bible and my prayer journal. Do I wait expectantly to hear from the Lord like I wait to see if the picture of my lunch gets another like?

My desire is not to lay a guilt trip on anyone who may be reading this, but to put to "paper" a challenge, a resolution for myself to choose well in the morning as I begin my day. I think Mr. Bohoeffer had a good idea and healthy evaluation of himself when he wrote these words titled, "Morning Prayer."

"O God, early in the morning I cry to You. Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on You: I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, but with You there is light; I am lonely, but you don't leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help; I am restless, but with You there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience; I do not understand Your ways, but You know the way for me... Restore me to liberty, and enable me to live now that I may answer before You and before me. Lord, whatever this day may bring, Your name be praised." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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