Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 9 Scripture Selection: Psalm 5-6
Food for Thought: Ps. 5:3; 6:9
Because we carry the presence of the Lord with us all day and all night, He is available to hear our prayers at any time. In fact, our conversations with Him should be as natural as a chat with Mom or Dad. However, there is something very special about devoting precious time to the Lord at the beginning of each day, even if it is only for just a few minutes. It keeps us grounded, focused, and reminds us of our priorities. It honors the Lord.
Matthew 6:33 tells us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Seeking Him first means making Him our utmost priority in all our life, more important than our food, shelter, clothing, and the like. More important than any person on earth. More important than our own comfort. But first can also be a matter of sequence of addressing the pressing issues of the day. Both applications of the scripture seem correct.
However, nothing we do in our faith should ever be out of coercion, obligation, or legalism. It is an absolute privilege that we can approach the throne of God with all confidence. A ritualistic prayer hastily rushed to get through just to say we did it and can now move on to other things will neither be appreciated by the Father nor of spiritual benefit for the one praying. Approaching the throne “boldly” (Heb. 4:16) implies quite the opposite. It involves faith, sincerity, and confidence—all ingredients for a very healthy prayer life.
So, not as an imposed rule, but as a helpful key, addressing the Lord first thing in the morning is highly recommended to get things started “on the right foot.” Then, throughout the rest of the day, the communion with Him continues, and the heart is well-assured.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):