Eric Speir

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One Reason God Wants You To Be A Morning Person

I’m not a morning person. I like getting up in the morning, but I don’t want to talk to people in the morning. I need a couple of cups of coffee before someone dies. Coffee is good for me.

It’s easy to hate morning people. You know the ones that always show up and they’re bright and chipper? I want to slap people like this.

As much as I don’t like getting up early in the morning I know it’s good for me. In fact, I’ve been making myself get up earlier and earlier the past week or two. The reason is because I’m too busy not to pray. Believe it or not, the Bible speaks of getting up early as well. For some reason, the Lord seems to like morning people.

The Bible is full of stories of morning people. In fact, they were world changers.

Genesis 22:3 identifies Abraham as a morning person.

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

Jesus preferred to pray in the morning as well…

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Mark 1:35

I think Jesus got up early in the morning to pray because he knew his day would get away from him if he didn’t. He also knew the demands of his ministry required him to seek God in the morning.

Moses was also a morning person…

Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

Exodus 24:4

In this story Moses was preparing to have a covenant meal with God. He was making the preparations for the priests, the 70 elders of Israel and himself to confirm the covenant with God.

Why did Moses get up early in the morning? Why didn’t he sleep in or do it later in the day?

I think he did it because he wanted to give God the first and best part of his day.

God wants the first part of your day, not your leftovers.

He wanted God to be first in his life and the best way to do this was to seek him before everything else.

When we give God our best, then he gives us his best.

In the New Testament Jesus makes us a promise about seeking God first:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

If we’ll get up early and seek God, then he’ll bless the rest of our pursuits. That sounds like a pretty square deal to me.

Question: Is God a part of your morning routine? If not, what would it take?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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9 Replies

  1. Scripture talks about Jesus staying up late to pray as well, so I don’t think there’s anything magical about the morning. However, I’ve found that practically it just has to happen that way if it’s going to happen in my life. Like you’ve said, I need to give God my best.

    1. Eric

      I find that I’m less distracted in the morning. The later it gets the more my mind tends to wander.

  2. Eric – great encouragement! Rising early is one of the greatest difference makers in my life!

    Its not about early or late being “better” but I would argue that the morning hours haven’t been distracted by the day’s challenges. Plus, there’s a quiet in the morning hours where God’s voice seems louder – to my own fault the evening’s noise distracts me.

    1. Eric

      Thanks Matt! I would agree with you as well. I’m much less distracted in the morning.

  3. Barbee

    I share your sentiments about being a morning person! Thank you for your encouragement.

    1. Eric

      I need Jesus and coffee in the morning 🙂

  4. Hi Eric, thank you for this. I have had a pretty good morning routine going for the past year and the last few weeks have been flaky. This is a good reminder to get back to it.

    1. Eric

      Thanks Jennifer! My morning routines are pretty sacred. When I miss them I feel off the rest of the day. Today’s a good example of this!

  5. Williams

    I need God’s help to get out of bed…

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