“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick
I stumbled upon a blog written by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters. You may be familiar with Carolyn and her wise, biblical writing. I haven’t read her books but I’ve heard some of her wonderful advice on various radio programs and I recommend her to you! On their blog these women are encouraging others to commit to a 5 O’Clock club and to spend time with the Lord first thing in the morning.
Never fear, this is just the name of the club. You can set your alarm to get up later if that works for you. I would say that you could set your alarm for midnight but I think they are encouraging us all to meet with Jesus in the first part of our day. Then, again, if you are a nurse and work the graveyard shift, maybe midnight is the first part of your day.
Any hooo…let’s do it shall we? I’ve gotten lax in this area since I moved across the state in May and, basically, stopped looking at a calendar or clock for the entire summer. So, I’m in…are you? Here is an inspiring testimony to get you started.
“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie ten Boom
This commitment to getting up earlier to meet with God does not contradict my post on developing a prayer life in little bits at a time.
Sometimes there is no way on earth you can get up before your two-year-old starts demanding his morning oatmeal! If you are in that stage of life, the Lord who calls children gifts from Himself certainly understands! However, if you are able, please join me!
Here’s some advice from the 5 o’clock club webpage:
1. Place your alarm clock in a strategic location, preferably on the other side of the room from your bed.
2. Set your alarm for the same time every day.
3. Never, never, never hit the snooze button or lie back down to catch a few more winks. The second your alarm goes off is the most critical moment in getting up early.
4. Proceed directly to the coffee pot or caffeinated drink of choice.
5. Be prepared to feel absolutely miserable for about ten to fifteen minutes. But the misery soon turns into pure gladness as you experience the delight of meeting with God and reap the benefits the rest of the day. Fifteen minutes of misery is certainly worth fifteen-plus hours of peace and productivity.
I would love to know if you are joining me! Please let me know in the comments!
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord, for His coming is like the rains, like the spring rains watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3