6th February 2014

Facing a New Day! 

“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
 

How do we as Christians greet the day? Are we bright-eyed and bushy-tailed or are we just getting through the breakfast routine by the skin of our teeth? Frantically trying to claw back minutes as we dash towards our deadline for leaving home?

Mornings are special times for talking to our Father as Jesus knew only too well—he would rise early, and as the old day faded and the new day began, he would have a conversation with his Father! Mark 1:35 tells us, “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” What he is doing here is taking time to focus on the day ahead and to receive power for the next 24 hours from the God of the Universe. Jesus thought it was extremely important to do this; to recharge his spiritual batteries in order to meet the trials of the day head on. If we go back to verse 16 of this chapter and read to verse 34, we discover just how frantic this previous day had been for him. He had called four disciples:  Peter, Andrew, James and John, in Galilee. Next, they travelled to Capernaum where he taught in the local synagogue, cast out a demon, went to Simon Peter’s home, healed Simon’s mother-in-law who had a fever, then spent the rest of the day healing and casting out demons. It says; the whole town was gathered about the door.

Does your day get as pressured as that? Mine doesn’t! While Jesus was praying to his Father, we read in verse 36 that Peter and the others were—as the Amplified Bible puts it—“pursuing him eagerly and hunting him out.” And when they found him in his quiet place they told him, “Everyone is looking for you!” Notice, he says to them, ‘Let’s go somewhere else!’ And Mark tells us—then they went throughout the whole of Galilee preaching and casting out demons. Jesus was, as we can see, a very busy person! 

His sufficiency for each day was sought and obtained long before the cock crowed—and long before the sun peeped over the horizon to flood the day with warmth and light! He was always ready for the challenges of each new day and filled with the power of his Father in order to fulfil his will. What an amazing example for all of us. I’m sure if we follow it we will be the ones to make a difference in our little world. We’ll be able to reach out to those who are hurting, sad, lonely and suffering; realising that as Paul said, “For I (we) can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me (us) the strength I (we) need.” (Philippians 4:13 my words added in parentheses).

Prayer
Lord, urge us to seek your power for each new day in order that we might serve you and shine the light of your Kingdom on others.
Amen
 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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