A Date at Daybreak

Wendy Pope

Day: 8 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 4:16-44

Luke 4:42 (NIV) At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.

At daybreak you would find me in bed … sleeping. When the alarm thundered, I’d grumble as I fumbled to hit the snooze button. You see, I have had a love affair with sleep for as long as I can remember.

Whether it’s burrowing down in bed after a long hard day of work or cuddling on the couch for a Sunday afternoon siesta, I LOVE sleep. However, many years ago an internal alarm begin to sound in the early morning hours. The alarm was the Holy Spirit awakening me to spend the first few minutes of my day with Jesus. I tried to hit snooze but the Spirit was relentless. I dreaded the thought of getting out of bed before daylight, not because I didn’t love Jesus but because I loved sleep.

Why do I need to get up early? What difference can a few hours and a little daylight make? Can’t God hear me later? Maybe you’ve wrestled with the same questions.

After more than a decade of awakening to my internal alarm, I’m excited to announce I know the answer to these questions.

Answer #1: Jesus got up early and He is my example in every area of life. On more than one occasion, Scripture tells of Jesus getting up early to spend time in prayer. In the instance of our key verse Jesus had faced a very grueling schedule. He had gone one-on-one with Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13), driven an evil spirit out of a man (Luke 4:31-37) and healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law as well as many others. (Luke 4:38-39) Yet when the new day dawned He arose to meet with His Father.

Answer #2: Our heavenly Father knows what we will face each day. Meeting with Him before the rush, fills our heart with His love and peace. Our spirit realigns with the Holy Spirit so we will respond in a Christ-like manner when life unfolds. God knew Jesus would be headed for the synagogue to preach. (Luke 4:44) Time alone would prepare His heart and mind for ministry.

Answer #3: God hears us anytime we pray, day or night. But there is something intimate and deeply divine about sharing the genesis of our day with Jesus. It’s time when we get to meet with the Lover of our soul even if only for a few minutes. The time at daybreak opens the dialogue with God … and the conversation continues all day.

With the questions answered, will you make and keep a daybreak date with Jesus? He’s waiting for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, today I am so thankful for the example I have in Your Son, Jesus, and the way He met with You early in the morning. My desire is to be faithful in spending time with You. I want to experience the filling of Your love and peace so I can pour it out on a world that desperately needs it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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