There’s nothing better than starting your day off with some quality prayer and Bible study time.
On the flip side, there’s nothing harder than starting your day off with prayer and Bible study when your alarm goes off early and you’re snug in your bed.
If you struggle to make morning Bible study and prayer time a priority, here are three tips that might help. Here’s to a Great Morning!
1. Go to bed. When you’re exhausted, sleep is your priority, not prayer. So the first step in making sure your morning Bible study actually happens is going to bed at a decent time the night before. When you’ve had enough sleep, the warmth of your bed won’t be such an irresistible temptation in the morning.
2. Bribe yourself with coffee. You obviously know that God has many spiritual gifts in store for you if you spend time with Him in daily prayer and Bible study. But sometimes, when you’re trying to get motivated in the morning, you need a more immediate reward.
So there’s no shame in bribing yourself to get out of bed with the promise of coffee (or tea or whatever fun drink you enjoy). It’s wonderful to have coffee with God in the morning!
3. Join a prayer group or Bible study. This can help in two ways. First of all, these groups often give you a plan to follow. Morning prayer and Bible study time is easier when you can sit down knowing exactly what you are going to do.
Second, this group will help with accountability. There’s an inherent desire to contribute to the group, which means you’ll feel naturally driven to do your own morning prayer and Bible study time in order to maximize your group participation at the next meeting. Also, if you see (and hear) the benefits other people are experiencing in their life from morning prayer, you’ll be motivated to be more faithful to your own prayer and Bible study time.
I truly believe God cannot be outdone in generosity. If we give him our mornings, he will shower us with spiritual blessings beyond anything we could ever dream. Talk to anyone who tries to do prayer and Bible study in the mornings, and they’ll tell you their life runs more smoothly and they have less anxiety on the days they wake up early to pray.
But, like with anything else, we must make a conscious effort to meet God in prayer. Otherwise He is like that friend we say we really should get together with more often and then never do. Life is busy, and when we don’t make things a priority, they simply do not happen.
If we give God the time, He will give us the grace that comes from sitting in His presence every day.
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Jenni DeWitt is a fun-loving contemplative who is discovering the value of rest and silent prayer in the midst of this rushed society. She is the author of two books — Forty Days and Why Won’t God Talk to Me? Surprising Ways He Already Is. Jenni lives in Nebraska with her husband and two young sons. She loves to help people in their daily prayer time at Genuflected.com. For help in continuing to seek God, take her 7 Day Prayer Challenge.