Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice. In the morning I will order my prayer to You, and eagerly watch.” The words “in the morning” are repeated in this short verse, indicating that there is an important emphasis on them.
David says that God will hear his prayer “in the morning” — and he says it twice. It is a reflection of his commitment to pray during the very first part of his day. In fact, traces of his commitment are all through the verse: he says, “You WILL hear my voice.” It wasn’t “I hope I will pray in the morning!”, rather “in the morning, You WILL hear my prayer!” He was committed to pray when morning came.
We find elsewhere in scripture that prayer is important, and needed, during all times of the day. Psalm 119:164 says, “Seven times a day will I praise You”, indicating that our prayers of praise are to be continual. I Thessalonians 5:17 says that we are to “pray without ceasing.” It should be the goal of every Christian to be in continual conversation with the Lord, and as we mature, this will be more characteristic of our lives.
But there is something important about praying first thing in the morning. Jesus did. Mark 1:35 says “IN THE EARLY MORNING, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Jesus’ commitment was to pray in the morning.
The Model Prayer that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6 also makes much more sense as a morning prayer: it sounds a bit odd to pray “Give us this day our daily bread” in the evening, when you’ve already procured and eaten all of your food for the day!
Studies have indicated that the way you begin the day has a big impact on the rest of it. How will your day go? Will you leave it to “chance”, and hope you “get up on the right side of the bed”? God intended something better for us: that we purposefully set a good course for our day by spending time with Him first thing in the morning. That is why David’s commitment was to pray “in the morning … in the morning.”
I pray that each reader will memorize these words of David in Psalm 5:3 — and most importantly, make his commitment their own: “In the MORNING, O LORD, You WILL hear my voice”!