How something begins is very important. A bad start can lead to a poor finish.
Psalm 5:3 tells us how to get each day off to a good start. “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” That verse was written by David, the man after God’s own heart. David determined to start his mornings with God. Some people say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!” David chose to say, “Good morning, Lord!”
I understand we are not all morning people, and we all have busy schedules. But there seems to be something about starting the day with God that just works. Maybe it’s the first fruits principle presented over and over again in the Bible in places like Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” According to the first fruits principle --
- If we give God the first fruits of our financial increase, He blesses the rest.
- If we give God the first day of the week for worship, He blesses the rest.
- And if we give God the first part of our day, He blesses the rest.
Consider again what David said in Psalm 5:3, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You.” That is prayer directed. Some people talk about prayer in a general sense. But it isn’t just the act of praying that counts, but the object to whom you pray. You can pray to the wind and nothing will happen. Prayer directed to the Lord yields results.
David went on to say, “and I will look up.” That is prayer expected. Having started his mornings with prayer, David spent the rest of the day looking for the answers that were sure to come. It’s true that we have not because we ask not. I believe it is equally true that we have not because, even when we do pray, we expect not!
Along with the Bible, be sure to start your mornings with prayer. Cast your burdens on the Lord every day. Make your needs known. Dare to ask for the impossible. Then like David, go through the day “in the strength of the Lord” (Psalm 71:16) looking up in faith for the answers God has promised.
Pastor Todd Weston