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Rise up!

A devotion on seeking God in the morning

“In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus”

We have all heard this quote or seen it in someone’s home or on a coffee mug. With so much stress, uncertainty and overwhelming feelings during this pandemic and other natural disasters, this quote may hit home even more. 

Jesus is our reason to rise

Jesus not only is a reason for us to rise, but he is the reason we rise in the morning. Only with his breath filling our lungs are we able to take the first step, yawn or step in the new day. Every new day is an opportunity to be a disciple of his word and praise him for his goodness that is never fading. 

Psalm 59:16 says, “But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.” 

David wrote this Psalm when he was surrounded with difficulties and had enemies approaching from every angle, much like how we may feel during the current state of the world. He lifted this prayer and remembered the steadfast love and unending mercies the Lord gave him.

Prayer works

Lifting a prayer in the morning can make all the difference in your day. 

When we take a breath and remember that the Lord is the only reason we opened our eyes, a mindset shift happens. A day of chores, work and stress can become one filled with gratitude, remembering we have a perfect father carrying us and loving us despite everything. 

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” –1 Chronicles 16:11

Written by Kayla Salzman, media relations coordinator for Buckner International.

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