A Night Owl’s Yearning to Be a Morning Person

Wednesday Discussion

Morning Dove in Flight
Morning Dove in Flight

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
(Mark 1:35)

“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
(Luke 5:16 ESV)

Rising early in the morning to pray seems to have been a habit with the Savior. It’s not mine. I am a night owl. But sometimes, many times, most times, I wish I were more of a morning person, but even more, a morning prayer. I’m not necessarily saying it is more spiritual to pray in the morning. At the same time, I suspect that morning prayer is far more effective in praying for others and in saturating my mind with the mind of Christ so that HE spills out everywhere and in everything I do. 

Jesus Praying in GethsemeneChallenges:

  1. Making this our habit so that we can pass it on to others.
  2. Being close enough to the disciples we are making for Christ that they can see this in us.
  3. So managing the entertainment rich culture of our environment, that we can actually get up for prayer in the morning.


Do you have any suggestions on what you or others have done that works in meeting any of these challenges?

Revised post suggestions:

  • Read the Wisdom Literature starting with Psalm 119 and working out to the whole of Psalms, Proverbs, and Job. Look for markers that hint to the sleep schedule, risings, and sleeping, of men and women of wisdom.
  • Prayerfully consider adjusting your schedule with me.
  • Share what you learn in the comments. Let’s develop a learning community.

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