My voice you shall hear in the morning, o LORD; in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up.
O God, you are my God; early will I seek you.
Psalm 5, 3; Psalm 63, 1.
Do we “direct” our morning prayer to God, as the author of Psalm 5 did, to request the necessary strength and wisdom right at the start of the day?
Or do we hurriedly plunge ourselves into the numerous activities of the day that await us, badly prepared because we have foregone the blessed opportunity?
If we are aware that every passing day is an opportunity to serve and honour God, we shall spend time to pray in His presence every morning. We shall bring our difficulties and fears before Him and confess our weakness and incompetence. We shall ask Him to renew our confidence in Him and to teach us to “discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5, 14). How that will alleviate the daily burden! The Lord will answer our prayer and we shall be able to start the day peacefully and serenely.
Realizing our weakness and resting entirely on His is what enables us to profit from His inexhaustible resources.
We regularly recall the need to get nourishment from the Bread of life, when we draw on the life of Jesus and His Person as revealed in the Word of God from early morning. But let us not neglect morning prayer: it will have a beneficial effect on every moment of the day that has just commenced.