Start the Day Remembering Who God Is
By Rick Warren
— January 25, 2011
“When you pray, you should pray like this, ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name …” Matthew 6:7-9 (NCV)
"So start your quiet time by reminding yourself of who God is and how much he loves you."
Yesterday I talked about the importance of a daily quiet time and the four components that should go into it. The rest of this week I want to share with you a template for your quiet time based on the Lord’s Prayer.
In Matthew 6 Jesus says, “When you pray, you should pray like this …” (v. 7 NCV). The Lord’s Prayer is a model. It gives six principles for effective prayer and a daily time with God. We’ll cover one a day for the rest of this week.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name ….” (Matthew 6:7 NCV) The first thing you should do in your time alone with God is begin with a prayer of connection.
Your quiet time needs to start with focusing on God. You need to think about how much God loves you.
Don’t think about your problems or your goals or your sins. Think about who God is and what a loving father he is. He is a compassionate, caring, close father who can handle anything. His love for you isn’t based on what you do. He loves you no matter what and you will never lose that love. Start your time by reminding yourself of this and just focus on him for a little while.
To start your day well, you need two things – the fullness of life and the power of God. Where you do get those? They come from experiencing the love of God. So start your quiet time by reminding yourself of who God is and how much he loves you. Then respond with an attitude of praise. Thank God for loving you and thank him for his forgiveness. Take time to praise God.