More Important Than Breakfast

break_oneThere is something more important than breakfast.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

The morning prayer determines the day.

Squandered time of which we are ashamed, temptations to which we succumb, weaknesses and lack of discipline in our thoughts and in our conversation with other men, all have their origin most often in the neglect of morning prayer.

Order and distribution of your time becomes more firm where they originate in prayer.

Temptations which accompany the working day will be conquered on the basis of the morning breakthrough to God.

Decision demanded by work become easier and simpler where they are made not in fear of men but only in the sigh of God.

“Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men” (Colossians 3:23). Even mechanical work is done in a more patient way if it arises from the recognition of God and his command.

The powers to work take hold, therefore, at the place where we have prayed to God. He wants to give us today the power which we need for our work. (Taken from Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, p.64-65).

Take this not as an occasion for guilt, but an invitation to joy. The Lord desires your prayers (1 Peter 5:7) and considers them sweet smelling as incense (Psalm 141:2).

If you’d like some help in prayer, start with this sermon by J.C. Ryle and be strengthened by his counsel.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. Just as a mother understands the first coos of her infant, so does the blessed Savior understand sinners. He can read a sigh, and see a meaning in a groan.

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About Dana Dill

I am a happy slave of Jesus Christ, a thankful husband to Chawna Dill, and the youth pastor of South Shores Church. I'm here on assignment (Acts 20:24).
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One Response to More Important Than Breakfast

  1. Dr. Bryan E. Galloway says:

    Reblogged this on bonhoefferblog.

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