"IN THE MORNING"
By Wayne S. Walker
"My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up" (Psalm 5:3). Some folks are "morning people," while others are not. I happen to like the morning. When I was a boy, we had to get up around 6:00 a. m. every day during the school term so that we could eat breakfast and get ready in order to catch the bus between 7:00 and 7:30 for school (we lived way out in the country). One would think that I would like to sleep in during the summer vacation, but not so. I loved to get up early in the morning either to sit by my window and watch the sun rise or to take a lawn chair outside and read under our pear tree. Other folks’ body clocks seem to be set differently and they are more "night people."
Jesus was evidently a morning person. "Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed" (Mark 1:35). At the same time, He seemed to function well in the night too. "Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God" (Luke 6:12). One point that we can see from this is that whatever the time of day Jesus, the very Son of God Himself, saw the need to communicate with His heavenly Father in prayer. Therefore, how much more should that be true of Christians. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Of course, this does not mean that we must spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week in nothing but prayer, but that we should be ready, willing, and able to pray at any time when there is a need.
Furthermore, whether you are a morning person or a night person, you do have to wake up, and unless you work a night shift, you probably wake up sometime in the morning, either early or late. For the child of God, there is nothing better to crown his waking moments than thoughts of God. "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You" (Psalm 139:17-18). One way to do this is to spend a few moments in prayer. As the songwriter asked, "Ere you left your room this morning, Did you think to pray?" No, you do not have to rise in the morning a long while before daylight to please God. But the morning, the evening, and all time belongs to Him. We should use it to glorify Him.