How Important Is Early-Morning Prayer?

Early-Morning PrayerWhile reading the book, “When I Don’t Desire God” by John Piper, I came across a section that I thought of vital importance that I’d like to share on early-morning prayer.  Here’s what he says:

The example of Jesus and the testimony of lovers of Christ throughout
the centuries points us to early-morning prayer as decisively important.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus]
departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark
1:35). I commend the early morning as one crucial time for a disciplined,
regular meeting with God over the Word and prayer.
First, it signals to our conscience that this is of first importance in
the day. That witness from our action to our conscience has a joyful
effect on the Christian mind. Second, early-morning prayer strikes the
first blow in the battle of the day, instead of waiting till we are besieged
from all sides. Third, what we do daily and do early shapes the spirit of
our minds and brings us into a disposition of humility and trust that will
bear better fruit than anxiety or self-reliance. Fourth, since beginning the
day with the Word of God is crucial (as we saw in Chapter Eight), therefore
prayer is equally crucial since the Word will not open its best wonders
to us without prayer: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous
things out of your law” (Ps. 119:18). Fifth, it is uncanny how Satan can
use even good things to squeeze prayer out of our schedule if we miss
the early-morning hour. I have seen it again and again. If I say to myself,
“I will give some time to prayer later,” it generally does not happen.

I couldn’t agree more.  By the way, if you haven’t, READ THIS BOOK!  Yeah it’s that good.

Share your thoughts on early-morning prayer below…do you do it, if not, when and what works for you/what doesn’t.

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  1. Majorshadow says:

    Song “Hosanna” Jesus’ arrival at Jerusalem
    Hear it at URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYk5dwG0y1Q

  2. JEANETT says:

    God had been dealing strongly to me about early morning prayer for a while. and since i have started praying.. i have found all this reading about all the good things about rising early and praying…I encourage anyone that it is a very good thing to do daily .

  3. Ogbonna o.j says:

    Its awesome to rise and pray early, it gives you confidence to face the day

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