There is a movement in the Christian world that says you can have quiet time with the Lord whenever you want and however you want. Well, I am going to go out of a limb and say that you need to have time with the Lord before starting your day.
Verses fill the Psalms and the Gospels of the importance of rising early to spend time with the Lord. Jesus, Himself, gave us the example in Mark 1:35 of rising early.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”
Throughout the Gospels we read that Jesus got away from it all to spend time with His Father. In Luke 5:16, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
As crazy as our day gets, it will never be as demanding and exhausting as what Jesus went through teaching the crowds and healing people. If Jesus rose early, we definitely can.
By beginning my day with the Lord, I am inviting the Lord to rule the day. I am asking the Holy Spirit to guide me. Also, when devotion time is first and foremost on the list, there is less of a chance that my day will end without me spending time in the Word.
Most exercise programs call for five times a week with two days of rest. Often times my devotional schedule look like this. Somehow I reason in my mind that waking up early on the weekends isn’t really necessary. Everyone deserves to sleep in, right? But what I have found is that while I may gain some more shuteye, my family needs me at my best. The only way that this will happen is when I have spent quality time with my Father. So, I encourage you not to stray too far from your set wake-up time just because the day of the week starts with the letter “S.”
"Momm-mmmy" used to be my wake-up call. It happened sporadically whether I liked it or not. Not too quickly, I learned that this did not work. It made for a hurried and crabby mommy.
Now, the local Christian radio station wakes me up at 5:00 each weekday morning and 6:00 most weekends. Our children are not allowed out of their bedrooms until 7:00 so these wake-up times give me one to two hours to get myself ready for the day - both spiritually and physically.
Still getting up several times a night to nurse? The early morning feedings provide a great time to read and pray. Do your kiddos wake up at different times each morning? Mine did to. But at a very young age, we trained them to play in their rooms or cribs until we came to get them. It wasn't easy but it was so worth the effort.
Ephesians 5:16 says, "Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days." Seize the moment. Don't sleep it away.
Click to read part two of the topic, "When Should I Have Quiet Time."
What time do you wake up to have quiet time?