Three Points on Morning Time with the Lord


A few weeks ago at a Christian retreat I was asked to speak for fifteen minutes to a group of college students on morning time with the Lord.

I asked an older brother whom I trusted what he would share if given the opportunity. He told me two things that he would tell those students. First, talk to the Lord Jesus. Actually speak out loud to Him. Don’t just sit there quietly. Use your mouth when you pray. Second, listen to Him. Wait for Him to speak to you. Have this kind of dialogue with Him.

I considered this and practiced it the next morning before I spoke to those students. During my time with the Lord that morning He gave me two other points on what to share based on my reflection on my habit of ten minutes in the morning with Him.

    1. Morning time with the Lord is like putting on sunscreen. It’s going to help you not be burned throughout the day. The Lord as the Spirit is like an ointment that we put on every day – Exo. 30:22-33. This ointment covers us and accomplishes so many things for us. The Spirit anoints us with all the elements of divinity, humanity, and Christ’s work to bring us together.

    2. Morning time with the Lord is like eating a good breakfast. It supplies you with enough energy to start your day. There was a time in the Israelites’ history when they were fed manna from heaven every day in the wilderness. Today the Lord Jesus is the bread which came down out of heaven for us to eat and live forever (John 6:50-51). We eat by taking something outside of us into our being and assimilating it so that it becomes a part of us. We do this every day with the Lord Jesus through His Spirit in His word by prayer and reading – John 6:35, 48; Eph. 6:17-18.

When it came time to share these things with that group of students I told them the points about sunscreen and breakfast first and saved the part about the conversation with the Lord for last. Also, I have since added a few more verses which are on point.

For sunscreen:

Psa. 45:7 …Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your companions.

1 John 2:20, 27 And you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know…And as for you, the anointing with you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him.

For breakfast:

Exo. 16:4, 14 Then Jehovah said to Moses, I will now rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My law…And when the layer of dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost of the earth.

1 Cor. 10:3 And all at the same spiritual food,

For morning being a date with the Lord:

Psa. 63:1 (KJV) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Psa. 2:12 Kiss the Son / Lest He be angry and you perish from the way / For His anger may suddenly be kindled. / Blessed are all those who take refuge in Him.

S.S. 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.

Time with the Lord in the morning involves our spiritual being inside and out. It’s like our grooming, our nourishment, and in a sense it’s like our first date. When we’ve risen for the day and gotten ready, He’s the first one we go to greet and be sweetly greeted by in return.

What is morning time with the Lord like to you?


14 thoughts on “Three Points on Morning Time with the Lord

  1. I love the sunscreen fellowship!
    Time with the Lord keeps us from getting burned throughout the day, because it keeps us painted/anointed with the Spirit. Great analogy Merrill.
    What was the student’s response?

    1. I was in that group and I enjoyed the fellowship. I liked the sunscreen analogy but I was really touched by the fact that our morning time is like a good breakfast. Without a proper breakfast within an hour of waking up, I’m cranky, fatigued, foggy, and simply cannot function right. The rest of the day is not the same and even if I eat, I still have a headache until I go to bed at night.
      This is a picture of my time with the Lord first thing in the morning. I can’t go without calling on His name, talking to Him, eating His word, singing to Him, whatever it takes for me to behold His face. Without this time, whether its great or not-so-great, I cannot function properly that day! Lord, cause us to kiss You every morning!!

  2. I also never heard of the sunscreen analogy, but it is so true! The heat of the day, the scorching sun of the trials and the pressing situations – we can be “protected” against any potentially negative “UV rays” by having a solid time with the Lord in the morning!

    These days, mainly because of my >1h commute in the morning, I have the privilege to get into the Word a little more in the morning. Wow, the riches. Wow, the divine romance. Wow, the solid food we can get in the word even in the morning! I’m just praying for myself and for all the believers we meet, Lord, may we have a daily time with You in the morning!

  3. so good Mer. I haven’t heard of the sunscreen analogy but it’s good. I really like the part about waiting for the Lord to speak to you and having a morning date with the Lord. Listening/waiting is by far the hardest part for me, but it’s so sweet to have a date with the Lord.

    1. Katherine,

      First, I am not the expert at time with the Lord. But, I’ve been helped by others who affirm the point of this time: to contact the Lord. It’s not to accomplish a certain amount of reading, nor to check off a box, but to be with the Lord for a period of time. Prayer, singing hymns, and praising are all appropriate. I like to sit on my favorite chair and also to take walks with the Lord in the morning. I think the best way is to do what you like with the Lord, focusing on Him, and not aiming to spend too much time each morning with Him.

      1. In a nutshell, yes. When we rise from the night we need to firstly contact the Lord and recalibrate our being on Him. Each morning the children of Israel gathered the manna. Each morning with us is a new start (Lam 3:22-23) to enjoy God’s fresh lovingkindness and compassions.

  4. I really enjoyed all of the analogies that speak of our experience of having time with the Lord in the morning. It’s so sweet to greet Him and be greeted by Him every morning. The Lord treasures every date we have with Him. Starting our day with Him also helps us turn to Him throughout the day. Thanks for the encouraging post.

    1. You’re right about starting with Him helping us throughout the day to turn to Him. As the root determines the branches, so our morning often sets the tone for our day. Thanks for the encouragement!

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