DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
It was early in the morning. Several pastors and I were seeking God. We desired to see God move among His people, and we were praying for revival. I must confess that I’m a little embarrassed to share with you what took place early that morning. As the pastors were praying, I fell asleep. As I began to snore, the other pastors began praying, “Oh, Lord, give us peace like you’ve given Brother Sammy!”
I was so embarrassed when they awakened me. There’s something that you probably need to understand. I have a problem early in the mornings. Because of an asthmatic condition, it’s very difficult for me to get my blood flowing and be in top form first thing every day. That makes it hard to have a good quiet time early in the day. Many people who have similar physical limitations will say, “That means we don’t need to pray early each day. It’s better to pray at the end of the day.”
However, I disagree. It’s imperative that we seek God the first thing each day. It’s good to pray at night as well. But if that’s the only time we pray, then the only thing we can do is ask God to forgive us because we will have blown it all during the day. When we pray, we come to God to say that we need Him. We bring our needs to Him and He meets those needs. Thus, we need to begin each day seeking Him.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray in this manner, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11 NIV). Bread is the most basic of human needs. We need food. Without it, we can’t exist. But you can’t ask God for three good meals at 11:00 p.m. That’s not a prayer to be prayed at the end of the day, but rather at the beginning of the day. The implication of what Jesus taught His disciples to pray is to seek Him first thing every day.
But you may have a similar problem as I do. So, you ask, “How then do I pray first thing every day?”
I normally have breakfast, get cleaned up and then go to a quiet spot where I can be alone. I often choose a place where I can walk. I know if I kneel, then I’m going to have a problem with blood circulation and probably become drowsy. So, I walk and talk; walk and listen; walk and pour my heart out to God.
I don’t know what you have to do to begin the day with God, but I would encourage you to find a place and a time early in your daily activities and seek God. Whatever you need to do to prepare yourself for a personal audience with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, then you need to do that. There’s no other thing that you’ll do during the day that’s as important as that.
If you begin with God, you’ll discover that His presence will linger through the remainder of your day. There’s no greater joy than beginning a day with Him. And there’s no greater frustration than starting off your day in the power of the human flesh. So, seek Him early. You won’t regret it.
Mark : Chapter 1
35) Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36) Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37) and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38) Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39) So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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