Day 24 of 40 days of devotion

Written by Helen Knight

I am not exactly a morning person; when my alarm goes off in the morning I usually groan, roll over and press the snooze button, often more than once! I have always struggled with getting out of bed and have often joked with people that any hour before 8am is still night time in my book!

At the same time I have always been challenged by the example of Jesus who made morning time with the Father His priority:
‘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.’ (Mark chapter 1 verse 35).

It’s not just that He randomly got up first thing because it would be nice, or because He completed some kind of psychometric test that confirmed He was ‘a morning person’. No… He did this because His days were filled serving the people who He came to save; teaching, healing, loving and doing miracles. Jesus was a very busy person. If He needed to meet with the Father and spend time with Him before launching in to a day of advancing the Kingdom of God, how much more do I need to do this before I start my day and all that that entails.

So for the 40 days of devotion I decided to focus on trying to have a regular morning devotional time of thirty minutes when I get up. The times I have had with God in the morning have been really precious and there is something so significant about giving God the first part of my day rather than the leftovers.

Am I happy setting my alarm half an hour earlier? NO NOT REALLY!……. Has it been worth the sacrifice? ABSOLUTELY! Will I continue after the forty days? YES!

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