Morning Devotionals

Genesis 28:16-22

[16] And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
[17] And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
[18] And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
[19] And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
[20] And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
[21] So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
[22] And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Key verse: “And in the morning, rising up a grat while befor day, he went out and departed into  a solitary place and there prayed.” Mark 1:35

Devotional study: II Chronicles 29:20-29

Introduction

How do you begin each day? Do you begin by praying or showing reverence to God in some way? In times past this would have been found to be a common practice by people in the United States.  However, it seems that the lives of people today have become so busy and filled with other things that God has been pushed aside.  Another question for you to consider: Would your life be better if you began each day in prayer and devotion to God? Consider some Bible examples as you answer this question.

The scripture prior to the today’s lesson text tells the story of deception that Jacob and his mother, Rebekah, worked on his father and brother, Isaac and Esau.  They tricked Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing that belonged to Esau. Esau was very angry with Jacob for this and plotted to kill him when their father died. Since they knew of Esau’s anger, Jacob’s parents had instructed him to go to stay with Rebekah’s brother for awhile and to find a wife there.

Today’s lesson text tells of the first morning he awakes away from home.  He was probably miserable and afraid as he lay down to go to sleep that first night. Perhaps he prayed before he went to sleep; the scripture does not say. The verses just prior to the lesson, tell of the dream Jacob had in that place where he slept. It is sure that Jacob worshipped when he arose the next morning.

Jacob had no way of knowing what lay ahead of him. But God knew and we are told in the scripture that follows about the life of Jacob. He did not know when he vowed to God that it would be over twenty years before he would return home. He did not know how that God would bring about the things He told Jacob in the dream. But he knew for sure was that God was real and in control. Maybe this event began a pattern with Jacob of morning devotion and a prayerful life seeking God’s favor and help.

Other Examples

Other examples are given in the Bible of morning devotionals.  Today’s lesson devotional study tells of a morning devotional King Hezekiah made possible to bring the people of Judah back to God.  The lesson study references give examples of morning devotionsal and worship of various people.  Another example of dedicated worship is Daniel. Daniel 6:10,13 tells how Daniel kneeled three times a day to pray and give thanks to God. The scripture does not tell that one of these times was morning, but it seems reasonable that prayer would be the way a devout man like Daniel would begin his day.

The Best Example

The lesson memory selection tells of our best example. This verse from Mark speaks of the person that should be our example for all things in our life, Jesus.  So  too does he provide the example for morning devotion. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Observe some important aspets in this example provided by our Lord. In the morning…before day – He began His day in devotion to His father. He rose up and went out – it was a special separate time consciously devoted to God. He went to a solitary place – one’s devotion is between that person and God. Even if there are others around, true worship is between that person and God. Even if there are others around, true worship is between the individual and God.  There He prayed – a devotional may take many forms but one of the elements of true devotion always involves prayer.

EFFECTS

I recently received an email which contained the following poem which provides an illustration of the effects of giving some time to God before beginning the day:

I got up early one morning

And rushed right into the day;

I had so much to accomplish

That I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just trumbled about me,

And heavier came each task;

“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.

He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,

But the day toiled on gray and bleak;

I wondered why God didn’t show me.

He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;

I used all my keys in the lock.

God gently and lovingly chided,

“My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning,

And paused before entering the day;

I had so much to accomplish

That I had to take time to pray.

~unknown Author

CONCLUSION

It is up to you and between you and God how you answer the question asked in the lesson Introduction – Would your life be better if you began each day in prayer and devotion to God?

 

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