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When my wife awakens in the mornings, her attitude seems to be one that says, “Good morning, Lord!” She has a great morning personality. She’s sharp and full of joy. Her mind and heart function in a full-speed mode. However, it’s just the opposite when I awaken. I often find myself dragging around moaning, “Help me, Lord!” I’m definitely not a morning person.
Yet, I know I need to begin the day with God. Without Him, I can do nothing. If I wait until the evening to talk to God, then the only thing I can say to Him is, “Please forgive me. I really blew it today.” We must start the day with God. That’s difficult for people who are like me in the mornings. I certainly empathize with those who find it difficult in the mornings to pray.
I have a problem with my sinuses. Consequently, I’m normally very congested when I awaken each morning. It takes me a little longer for my body to function at full speed. Yet, I know how important it is to begin each day with God. The Psalmist said, “In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation” (Ps. 5:3 NIV). He understood how crucial those early hours are to our walk with God. When we begin the day in prayer, we’re in essence saying, “I need you, God.”
Early morning times of prayer were the pattern of Jesus. The Bible says, “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” (Mark 1:35 NIV). If Jesus, God’s own Son, needed to begin the day alone with His Father, then how much more do we need to do the same?
Prayer could be defined as intimacy with God. But it’s also much more than that. It’s preparation for the spiritual battles we’ll face every day. Each day we have to face three sources of battle – the flesh, the devil, and the world. The flesh is the place of the inner battle that we face daily. It’s our old nature. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to overcome this enemy. The devil is the second enemy we must fight. Our battle is not with people or groups but with “principalities and powers from on high.” The final source of spiritual warfare is “the world.” It’s that system of thought and life that’s contrary to God’s ways. We face all three of these daily.
We must understand that any good soldier must dress properly if he’s going to be victorious in the battle. The Bible tells us to put on the whole armor of God. But how do you do that? Simple – through prayer. When we awaken in the morning, we cry unto God. We seek His face. We clothe ourselves with His truth, His righteousness, His faith, His peace, and His word. Then and only then are we ready to deal with our flesh, the devil, and the world.
The battle is raging. The devil is fighting. Only one question remains – are we dressed and prepared for the battle? Put on the whole armor of God.

Psalm : Chapter 5

1)  Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. 2)  Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3)  In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. 4)  For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. 5)  The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; 6)      you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest. 7)  But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. 8)  Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me.

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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.
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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.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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