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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Best Part of Waking Up

"Good morning, good morning, the best to you each morning. K-E-double L-O-double good, Kellogg's best to you!"

"The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!"

Cereal and coffee manufacturers spend lots of money coming up with advertising slogans that are aimed at convincing us that their product is the best way to start our mornings. Morning is the time between dawn and noon. It is the time when most of us wake up and begin our days. Many of us start our days by eating breakfast. In fact, we are often told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there's an even better way to start our days, with worship and prayer. Any time of day is a good time to praise God and spend time with Him in prayer. But Scripture gives many reasons to begin our mornings in that way.

In addition to bringing the start of a new day, morning also brings with it renewed hope and joy (Psalm 30:5). Morning brings light where there had been darkness. It is a reminder that God's love never ceases, that His mercies are never-ending. It is a reminder of how great God's faithfulness really is and how His mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). It is a reminder of His grace, a reminder that He is our salvation in times of trouble (Isaiah 33:2). These are just some of the reasons why we should start each day praising our God and spending time with Him in prayer.

Scripture gives us many examples of the importance of beginning each day with prayer and praise. In Psalm 88:13, the psalmist says that his prayer comes to God in the morning. And in Psalm 5:3, he says that the Lord hears his voice in the morning and it is in the morning that he offers his prayers to God and waits for God to answer. In Mark 1:35, Jesus rose very early in the morning and went off to a quiet place to spend time in prayer. Psalm 92:1-2 tells us that it is a good thing to give thanks and praise to God in the morning. One of the duties of the Levites was to stand each morning and give God thanks and praise (1 Chronicles 23:30).

When we start our days in prayer, we are declaring the importance of starting each day with God. And that can set the tone for the rest of the day. Truly, the best part of waking up is not the coffee in our cups, but the words of prayer and praise on our lips. 

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