April 3
Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 6
     Psalms 5 & 6
     Proverbs 21
     Colossians 4
''My voice you shall hear in the morning, 0 Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up." (Psalms 5:3)
            It is obvious that God desires that we commune with Him constantly. We are exhorted in Scripture to ''pray without ceasing." Our entire lifestyle should be an attitude of prayer. It is, of course, important to spend quiet time with God during any part of the day, but one exercise that is absolutely essential in the Christian life is prayer. That precious communion with God can be entered into at any time.
            I have discovered that the best time of day for me to have a quiet time with the Lord is, indeed, early in the morning.
This is the time when the mind and heart is the most aired, open, and unencumbered with the things of the world. It is also the time when there are fewer outside distractions. Most people would rather sleep early in the morning, or they are already about their daily activities.  I think this must be why the Psalmist often referred to his communion with God in the morning   hours.
            So there is no question that the external environment and situation of the morning is the best time  for most  of us to enter into a quiet time with the Lord when He can speak to us through His Word, and we can converse with Him through prayer.
            I believe H. W. Beecher was correct when he made this suggestion as to when to pray: “Prayer as the first, second, and third element of the Christian life should open, prolong, and conclude each day.  The first act of the soul in early morning should be a draught at the heavenly fountain. It will sweeten the taste for the day. A few moments with God at that calm and tranquil season are of more value than much fine gold. If you tarry long so sweetly at the throne, you will come out of the closet as the High Priest of Israel came from the awful ministry at the Altar of Incense, suffused all over with the heavenly fragrance of that  communion."
            Throughout your day of activity and ministry for the Lord, people will take note that you have been with God if you have set aside a morning time for your time with Him. Let us take the advice and counsel, and follow the example of the Psalmist to spend time with our Lord in the morning. It will enrich your life and fill your day with joy and gladness.
            The next country is our visits for ministry in the Republic of Guatemala. We are always overwhelmed with the tremendous poverty. Many organizations are trying to work together to increase the annual income of a person from $1,700 as it is now. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch was a severe setback to the economy of Guatemala. There is great need economically in Mexico's southern neighbor, Guatemala.
            Catholicism is the main religion but evangelicals, especially charismatic and neo-Pentecostal groups are making tremendous strides in their growth. The impoverished believers in Guatemala need your prayers today.
''He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day."