“Be ready in the morning, and come… present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. And no man shall come up with thee.” Exodus 34:2-3
The morning watch is essential. You must not face the day until you have faced God, nor look into the face of others until you have looked into His. You cannot expect to be victorious, if the day begins only in your own strength. Face the work of every day with the influence of a few thoughtful, quiet moments with your heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great Guest and honored Companion of your life—Jesus Christ.
Meet Him alone. Meet Him regularly. Meet Him with His open Book of counsel before you; and face the regular and the irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality definitely controlling your every act. (Streams in the Desert)
“… in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:3
The Father intends to walk with us in constant communication. Just as every conversation needs someone who initiates dialogue, God begins each day beckoning us toward Himself. Drawing aside to start our morning is sacred duty, but it is far more than one of a long line of spiritual responsibilities. Quiet time is nothing less than communion with Holy God. A close friend calls this “a table for two”—responding to the invitation of Revelation 3:20 by opening our hearts to joy unspeakable as we get alone with the Master. As the Israelites gathered manna each morning to carry them through each dry dusty day in the wilderness, we turn to the One who matters most and bare our soul before Him.
I have heard about and read many different approaches to this morning watch. Some offer practical instruction such as: “First, be physically alert. Second, be mentally aware. And third, be morally pure and clean.” While there is nothing wrong with giving attention to such practicalities, the greater issue is our heart posture. A heart in love needs no prompting to act. We are motivated by the object of our affection. The greatest deterrent to the morning watch is not a hectic schedule, it is tepid love. Return to Him right now full on. Shove everything aside and declare your love, not for the Savior, but to the Savior. Turn your heart by setting your mind on Christ; transform your mind by turning your heart to Christ. Do this each morning, and you will find yourself operating throughout the day from the overflow that spills over into every ordinary moment.