by Rick Warren
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
The reason why most people never hear God speak to them is that they never slow down enough to let God talk to them. Hurry is the death of prayer! You’ve got to slow down. You’ve got to be quiet. And, you’ve got to wait expectantly.
Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act” (NLT).
The only way you’re going to be able to do this is if you get up earlier, which means you’re going to have to go to bed 30 minutes earlier. So the decision comes down to this: Who do you want to spend time with, Jesus or Conan? That’s your choice! Because you’re going to have to get up earlier so you’re not rushed and able to spend some time and start your day with God.
There is nothing on nighttime TV that will change your life. Nothing! Spending those 30 minutes in the morning with God, however, will change your life.
If I told you that tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. the queen of England, the president of the U.S., and the pope all wanted to meet with you privately, you probably wouldn’t even go to bed tonight. You’d take a bath — you’d probably take two baths! You’d go find an all-night barber or beauty salon, get a new suit, and get spiffed up. You’d be at the meeting 30 minutes early.
The Creator of the universe wants to meet with you tomorrow morning! You don’t even have to get dressed. You can be in your PJs. You don’t even have to leave your home. But you do have to plan an appointment. That means you have to stop doing something so you can start doing what God wants. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, you’re not as bright as you think you are. You’ve got to decide what’s more important to you: another 30 minutes of late night TV or time with God every morning.
One day God’s going to ask you, “Which one did you choose?”
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