“Come to me, all who are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – Mathew 11:28 (NIV).
Many people have a favourite time of the day. Perhaps it is siesta time, when the body is languid and heavy with starch, when one finds a soft spot to lay for a quick nap. Sports enthusiasts might look to the end of the day to take part in a game with other lads, like soccer. Food gobblers can’t wait for dinner time. A number of imbibers must at the end of the day stop on their way back home at some place for that hard drink.
Looking at the Lord’s life he clearly had a favourite part of the day too. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). This seems to have been a habit regardless of the past day. Of course there must have been bad days as for any other, but there was that time the Lord looked forward to.
Now none of us would like to wake up to a chore. You don’t reserve a special time for a drag. Fact is, that special time or moment should be inspiring, in order for you to look forward to it. It seems clear the Lord’s daily habit was because of the power he derived from that special time of prayer. It energised him and gave him clarity of his life’s mission. It was time to process and be filled with power to go out there and do God’s work.
We all need that special time of the day, one we look forward to being by ourselves, process and then move on, our minds clear with the task ahead. The Lord teaches us that starting a day with prayer could be one good habit, worth adopting.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you help me have and focus on that time when I talk to you and derive power for the mission you have given me, this I pray in Jesus’s name.