I think this is a great time to start growing in our alone time with God. I wake up early in the morning when it’s still dark out, when the house is quiet just to be alone with God and His word. There is no better place!
Jesus Himself would often “slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Luke 5:16 In the early morning, “while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35
David said in Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.”
I’m asked all the time why do you get up so early? I think Jesus set the precedence for rising early for prayer and communion with God and to study His word. Of course I’m not saying this is a must, some people just can’t. But I am saying you must find a time during the day to be alone with God, to get away from the things of the world that draws us away from Him.
The bible has Jesus withdrawing alone to be with God or just with His disciples in Luke 4:42, 5:16, 6:12, 9:12 and that’s just the gospel of Luke.
I remember reading in a biography of Matthew Henry these words “I am always best when alone; no place like my own study; no company like good books, and especially the book of God.”
If you say I’ll get to prayer later, you never will, something with always come up, I’ll study and read my Bible later, you never will, something will always come up.
Martin Luther said “It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business in the morning and the last in the evening. Guard yourself against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait a while. In an hour or so I will pray. I must first finish this or that. Thinking such thoughts we get away from prayer into other things that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.”
I needed to come to a point in my life and say, if I was going to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ I had to get serious with my prayer and my bible and be alone with God.
… and that’s a beautiful thing!