Are you one who prays often, or are you one who finds it difficult to carve out time to pray? Mature believers know how important it is to pray. It is important because there is so much we can’t do on our own, there are so many people who need God’s intervention and because we were made to worship him. Without prayer, we can’t adequately communicate these things to God. But at the same time, life can force our priorities to be different than what we want them to be. And as a result, prayer can often take a back seat. King David always found time to pray. And I believe that one of his favorite times to talk to our creator was in the morning, right when he woke up. David writes in Psalm 5:3:
"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
Prayer was the first thing on David’s agenda. It was that important. I encourage you to make prayer a priority. Why not do as David did? Right when you wake up in the morning, talk to God. Worship him, commit your day to him, ask him to guide you, ask him to move through you. Giving God your attention the first thing in the morning will almost certainly start your day off on the right foot.
If we are true followers of Christ, we should have a strong relationship with God. And no relationship will flourish without spending time together. We can work on our relationship with God by reading his word, and by praying to him. Several of my Christian friends read a bible devotional at the beginning of their day to set their minds and hearts on God. Some do as David did; they pray to God even before they take their shower. And there are still others who do both. It is a good, righteous habit to develop; one that will inevitably cause us to grow in our faith and to grow in our relationship with God. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get in the habit of praying in the morning.