In the Morning…
This is a portion of “Prayer & Fasting Part 1” presented by Daniel Joseph. The full-length presentation can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/420081469
Let’s look at how righteous men of God functioned regarding prayer. Psalms 5:1-3 reads, “1 To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation. 2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, for to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”
David tells us the first thing he did before anything else was to pray to the LORD. He gave the best and the first part of his day to the LORD.
Think about your daily routine. What do you do the second your eyes open in the morning? Are you focused on prayer like David? Or do all the cares and thoughts of the world come flooding into your mind and grab hold of your heart strings and carry you off? Do you give the LORD your best, or does the world get your best?
I want to take you to Leviticus 23:10 &14, “10 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest……. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.”
In other words, Israel did not touch the harvest or partake of any part of it until they took the first and the best and offered it to their Living God who provided it. This was an offering of Thanksgiving. This was an offering that was commanded to recognize the LORD as the LORD of heaven and earth.
You need to take this principle and apply it to prayer. You should not partake of any part of the day whatsoever until you give Him your first and your best. Do this because you do not know what the day brings; you may not even make it through the day. Why would you want to handle the things that are going to happen without communing with God first and getting equipped? The moment you open your eyes, go before the throne of the Living God with your heart and prayers.
It doesn’t stop there. Psalm 55:17 reads, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” This is what the psalmist, David, did. He bathed himself in prayer. There were formal moments throughout the day, morning, noon, and evening when he would pray. In the temple times, the morning and evening sacrifice was the time of prayer. It’s not a coincidence; they were offering the sacrifice of praise. We offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving because those are a form of prayer.
Let me take you to Luke 18:1 where Yeshua said, “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” This is our Rabbi, our Master Yeshua, telling us we are to always pray. Let alone we have these formal moments in our day set aside, which we fail to do, Yeshua takes it farther. He tells us we are always to be praying and meditating on Him.
That’s why Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. He followed Yeshua’s footsteps. This is what we’re supposed to do. We are to pray without ceasing.
Let me ask you, are you praying without ceasing? Personally, I have not always done that, and the effects have been very costly. Men, if you do not take spiritual authority in your home and do not learn the art of praying without ceasing, your home may fall and crumble right before you. I don’t want that to happen. I am telling you this is mandatory for all men in their homes. Pray without ceasing. You cannot pray enough. You do not want to leave a crack of vulnerability in your home for the enemy to come in.
Look at what Yeshua says regarding prayer as recorded in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” That is an amazing statement. Why do we constantly pray? Lest we go into temptation. In other words, the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Because you are in that carcass of flesh, it is looking for an opportunity. Give it an opportunity and see what happens. The way to prevent any opportunity or vulnerability is prayer.
Bath yourself in prayer. Bathing yourself in prayer, puts a shield around you. We must get into the frame of mind where we are constantly meditating on the LORD, and, therefore, pushing out all these nonsensical, worldly, and garbage thoughts. We need to get them out of our minds and focus on Him.
This is life and death. The adversary is looking for an opportune time to deal you a brutal blow. I’m going to ask you; if you’ve been immersed in prayer, do you know the strength you will have? The Spirit of God is within your heart, and the spirit of God is upon you to refute all these advances enabling you to see deception coming a mile away because you’ll be with the LORD. You’re in the throne room. You’re praying to Him. This is the safest place to be in the world. Amen?