What do you like to do first thing in the morning? Grab some coffee? Scoff down some breakfast? What about dash out to the gym? I used to do the latter quite a bit. That is, until I learned a more fulfilling and God-centered approach to my day.
I remember times when I would dash out the door, vowing to read my Bible and pray earnestly when I returned. Needless to say, this rarely ever happened as planned. I would return home from the gym and something urgent would claim my attention. Urgent, but not important.
Now though, things are quite different. Every day is a new surrender!
I ask God daily to commune with me, and I refrain from placing a limit on our time together. I say to Him, “Father, I want to talk to You and spend time with You as long as possible. If I don’t make it to the gym, I trust You to give me the self-control I need to eat very healthy today.”
He always does.
It’s been quite a while since I began setting aside a designated time to be with the Lord. However, it’s only been within the last year that I designated a purposeful place to do it. Do you have such a place to enjoy His presence? A place set aside specifically for communion with the Father? Of course, God is omnipresent; everywhere is in His presence. But there is something about His “designated presence”……the place where I acknowledge His presence the most. The place where I am aware of His presence the most. The place where I practice His presence the most.
My prayer closet.
There is immense and intense safety when we dwell in the presence of God. Sometimes the trials of life and the enemy of our souls seek to push us to seemingly unbearable limits. It in His presence that we gain the power and the strength to persevere under the unyielding pressure. Psalm 91 reminds us that God is our refuge; and underneath His wings, we are protected from harm and danger. The psalmist refers to the truth that originates in God as our buckler and our shield; precisely, His truth will surround us and protect us. Even though we can pray anywhere, having a predetermined place will let our great God know that we have made special room for His designated presence and dwell in Him.
We have this promise from Him when we set Him apart in our hearts: He will deliver us and set us on high; He will deliver us from trouble and honor us (vss. 14-15).