Rise early and worship
1 Samuel 1: 19 -
And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
There was a time when I would sit to pray late in the night after I finished all my work and just before I went off to bed. I use to feel very nice to pray at this time for everyone else would retire for the day and I could have good time alone with the Lord. But one day the Lord shook me by what He revealed to me. I thought it pleased God to spend time with the Lord in prayer after I finished all my day's work, but then the Lord was not pleased.
One day the Lord gave a vision in which He showed me that my prayers we like human excreta (shit). I thought was it the way I prayed that was the problem?, but then that was not the case for later as I reflected on this vision and understood tithing is not only about give money but also time I realized the problem was to do with the time of the day that I prayed.
We people are so selfish that we use the best part of the day for ourselves and when we have finished with everything we sit to give the leftover of the day to the Lord. The Lord says He desires our first fruits; He desire the first part of the day not the last, leftover part. God is not a beggar but is Lord; He is the one who blesses us with time. He is the giver of the day and desires we give Him at least the start of our day.
In today's message we see it is written 'and they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD'. This could have just been written as 'they went and worshipped the Lord', but the fact the Lord wanted us to know the time they went has a reason. It was this fact that they gave due first importance to God before they came together in courtship, pleased the Lord.
Today the Lord is asking us, who is the most important person in our lives? If it is Him, then why are we not giving due importance to Him, but giving Him our first fruits of time of the day?
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You are the Morning Star and so also are the Cherubs called the Morning Star. The Word says it is the Cherubs that led worship unto You time in and out by saying 'Holy, Holy, Holy'. Lord, You our provider and You desire the first fruits of all that we receive from You. Lord, we pray more and more people get up early morning and spend quality time with You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Deuteronomy 26:2 - That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
Revelation 22:16 - I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.
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