I’ve noticed that sometimes when I wake up in the morning my mind is in a dark place. It reminds me of the famous words of Moses where he said, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life.” It’s in that waking moment when I’m laying in bed, still mentally coming out of my state of sleeping, that I make my first choice of what I’m going to think about. It’s at this critical time that I need to stop and choose my thought patterns ~ are they life or death, blessing or cursing?
For years I never thought much about the morning time. I just climbed out of bed and whatever came before me was the way my day went. I didn’t understand that I had a choice on how my day would turn out. Instead, I acted as if it was a random occurrence in my life. But with age comes wisdom, and I began to realize that I can actually determine how successful my day will be by determining how I begin the morning and learning to start it out right with blessing. All this really changed in my own personal experience when the Lord called me to start praying at 4 a.m. in the morning.
For 14 years I woke up every day and went to a special place of prayer. This developed a habit of prayer in my life, and it also taught me how important the morning was to start every day properly. But it was just the beginning of the lesson. I found that much of my morning wake up time was becoming ritualistic and was not an actual relationship with God Himself. It was more of a cadence that led to repetition, which obviously is very boring when it comes to the relationship with a person ~ especially when that person is God.
One day the Lord interrupted my daily ritual and told me to stop praying in the morning. At first I was lost as to what I should do. But I quickly discovered that He wanted me to talk to Him throughout the day. I realized that “praying without ceasing” was the goal God wanted for me ~ to be in constant day-long communion with Him. It was at this point of seeking His presence that I began to see how vital the first few moments of waking were in my daily life.
At first I was confused. I would ask myself, “Why am I thinking such horribly, worrisome thoughts when I wake up?” I conferred with some ministers and prophet friends of mine about this issue. They shared with me how crucial it was to realize that our flesh has evil pre-programmed into it, and if we’re not careful it can just take over. It is important at the very start of the day to physically gird up the loins of your mind and get your thoughts thinking down the right pathway.
Again, as Moses instructed, set your thoughts on life and not on death. But like most people, you might think, ‘Well, it’s important that I look at both sides of the picture. That’s the biggest mistake you could ever make. Only Satan wants you to think at all about death. Jesus brings you nothing but life. That means any choice you make to think negative, cursing thoughts is bringing you toward death. You must make a choice from your waking moments of the day to think all day long only about life.
I am telling you, since I’ve started doing this every day gets better and better. No wonder the Lord said in Isaiah, “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.” When you get in the flow of life and the daily way of thinking God intended, you will find that every day you will “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” This is truly the way to live, this is the way to start a day ~ this is the way to wake up.