It determines the day

Good morning!

Many of you are opening this in the morning, whatever your time zone happens to be. If you fall into this category, I hope your sleep was refreshing, long enough, and didn’t include any creepy dreams.

Let me get right to it.

Even when times are tough—and especially when times are tough—your morning prayer can get you started in the right direction and in the right frame of mind. What better way to start the day than to talk to God and ask him to help and direct your steps?

While dealing with great distress and darkness, the writer(s) of Psalm 88 assume the same posture: “But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you” (verse 13).

So after you finish reading this, why not give it a try? Think of what you want to talk to God about and begin.


As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said so pointedly: “The morning prayer determines the day.”*

By Matthew Ruttan

–*Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1970), 64.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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