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.
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.
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?