Satisfy Us in the Morning with Your Steadfast Love, that We May Rejoice and Be Glad All Our Days. ~Psalm 90:14
Although reading the Word of God and praying is not something to be reserved for “quiet time” alone, the start of each day is the best time to reflect on the goodness of God, read the Bible, which is the only revelation of His character and how he desires to be worshiped, and pray. Scripture is sufficient to guide and instruct every aspect of our lives.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:6
For mothers with little children, maintaining personal devotions can be challenging. After getting the children dressed each morning, try sitting down with them and reading a passage of scripture for 10-15 minutes, perhaps even beginning in Genesis and reading through the entire Bible. Besides the spiritual benefit of such a practice, the children will also learn to sit still and listen.
George Müller once said the most remarkable thing about morning devotions:
“I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished…I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it.”
What is meditating on scripture? Any one of these things:
- Ask yourself: “What does this scripture show you about Christ?”
- Look for meaning, principles and applications to your life presently.
- For parents: “Raise up a lesson” as Cotton Mather would say.
- Look for something to pray about and obey.