Beginning Our Day with Prayer
I try to begin each day with, “Good morning, God. I’m offering this day to You,” and follow that with a scripture reading, reflection and a short conversation with God. I say, “Try” because, although my intentions are sincere, I sometimes allow “life” to distract me. Since I know that God is my life, He deserves to always come first and the fact that I allowed this distraction, saddens me.
Perhaps I did not sleep well and wake rather unbalanced. Perhaps I have a busy day ahead and am feeling rushed or pressured. The phone rings, I become distracted and lose focus. The litany continues. I tell myself that these are reasons but in honesty, they are not reasons at all. They are excuses and I should not allow myself the indulgence of any excuse for not putting God first.
Setting the Tone of the Day
When I begin my day with prayer, I go about it wearing a sacred sacred shield. My day may offer positives or negatives, but I know that I am protected from whatever occurs because I am walking beside Jesus, and ultimately, He is in control. I am confident that His love is my guide and I journey through my day with gratitude and joy. But the reverse becomes my day when I did not begin it by giving it to God. I easily lose my center, become anxious, fearful, and my confidence drops. I begin to believe that I am in control. I have given power to pride, ego takes over and elements of the world become all too important. This is not God’s way.
When evening comes andI review my day, I clearly see the differences in the days I neglected to begin with prayer and those when I began prayerfully. I examine my day, and if it was a day when I neglected Morning Prayer, the error of my ways is crystal clear and I am remorseful. I am sad for myself but more so that I did not give God the priority He so deserves.
God Did Not Do It
Of course, it is important to understand that on those “not so good” days, God didn’t walk away from me. He may be disappointed in me but He does not love me less and He surely does not separate Himself from me. He is right there, beside me, always. It was I who pulled away. Vigilance now becomes crucial because after one morning of missing prayer, doing the same the next morning is easier and we then continue on in this manner until we come to believe that Morning Prayer has lost its value. This is dangerous territory because it leaves an opening in our souls which can allow negativity to enter and blossom.
Keeping it all Together
Would we like to go through our day with the assurance that we will get through whatever we face? Of course, we would! Would we like to go back to those childhood days when we were frightened or sad and our mood quickly changed when our mother or father took our hand or gave us a hug? At that moment, we knew everything would be just fine. We can bring those days into our present by beginning our day in prayer and knowing that, as He walks beside us, Jesus has our hand.