Going into this chapter, I already had a pre-formed list defending spontaneous, personalized quiet time. And honestly, I still agree with most of the things on that list. The Lord loves our individuality. He’s the one that made us so perfectly unique, so our quiet time routines should show that. 

A lot of the Scripture that we use to defend morning devotion is actually referring to the best we have to offer, when we are most attentive and ready to receive. For some people that actually is the morning. For some people, their best time to give the Lord might be once a week when they can sit down for hours without a timer or to-do list. There’s value in any time you spend with God, so don’t put a box around it. 

But… (come one, you knew a but was coming)  

There is also a lot of Scripture that defends meeting God in “the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). Jesus models this exact behavior throughout the Gospels. After a long day of ministry that likely stretched well into the night, Mark says that Jesus rose “a long while before daybreak” (Mark 1:35). 

Nothing sends shivers down my spine quite like the sound of my alarm, but my days are infinitely more productive when I force myself out of bed at a reasonable hour. It takes discipline to get up and reserve time for the Lord in the morning, and the Lord always blesses discipline. There’s also something powerful about giving God the chance to influence your day before anything else can. 

Brittany Futch, prayer