Being Alone First: On Morning Prayer

Inspired by a dear friend to start a morning regimen of devotional reading, prayer (which for me takes the form of writing, natch), and scripture reading, I have begun to realize the power of being alone with God before I encounter anyone else, how it can not only draw me closer to Him, but also better prepare me to for the demands of the day.

When I was in college, many women in my dorm scheduled what we called “quiet time,” when we would read and pray. When you saw on someone’s dry erase board that she was having “quiet time,” you knew not to knock or otherwise disturb her. As a wife and mother, this habit fell away from my daily routine, until my friend (who is also a mother, wife, and teacher) told me that she had adopted her own “quiet time” each morning and it had been “transformative.”

There was something about her use of that word that really perked my interest, and knowing how many articles I had read about the importance of morning routines and remembering how happy I had been in college because of regularly scheduled “quiet time,” I decided to start setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier each day (so early that there was zero chance either my daughter or husband would disturb me). I just finished my third week of doing so, and indeed it has been transformative.

Jesus taught us through His example how vital it is that we remove ourselves from the demands of other people so that we can pray and be alone with God. I have been studying the Book of Matthew each morning, and not once but several times Jesus sends his disciples off or slips away so that he can be alone. He returns to His work of teaching and healing only after He has had time to reconnect with the Father.

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. Matthew 14:23

As an introvert, time alone is crucial for me, and as a Christian, time to heal from the constant push and pull of this world through prayer is vital. Because of this new morning routine, I have more energy, peace, and perspective as I move through the day. I feel less and less frazzled, more and more grounded in what really matters.  I have better ideas, more patience, and a greater store of kindness for others.

I encourage those of you reading this post to try this quiet time with Jesus routine of study, writing, and prayer each morning, and see how it can be transformative for you, too.

 

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