Present At First Light

The Father invites us into His presence that we may meet and greet Him.
The Father invites us into His presence that we may meet and greet Him.

A Present Awareness of Meeting and Greeting God in Prayer

“Los niños que no saben saludar!” That’s exactly what my grandfather would say out loud to his forgetful grandkids. Especially when we would storm into his house every Sunday afternoon and get busy playing. After all, this was his home and it was expected that we first acknowledge his presence by greeting him with a kiss. Translated, “The children who don’t know how to greet.” It was a healthy memo for us to respect and honor our elders before busying ourselves with other things throughout the day. The moment we’d hear our grandfather calling out for us, “Los niños que no saben saludar,” we would immediately drop whatever we were doing and rush right to him.

Ever have one of those days wherein you wake up late, splash coffee on your face, and head out the door for work? Somehow we miss out on greeting the Giver of every brand new day. How quick we are to forget! Just the initial act of acknowledging God as our Father in heaven makes a daily difference in our lives. He reminds us that we are His children by calling out to us, “Come to me.” The Father invites us into His presence that we may meet and greet Him. This intimate invitation between the Father and his children is called communion or prayer. Before His children can play in every brand new day they should pray.

We know of an instance when Jesus was booked solid in a town called Capernaum. In fact, the whole city was gathered at his door with those in need of healing from a disease or deliverance from a demon. Human priority would dictate that Jesus should address the pressing needs of the sick or demonized from among the population at first light. Where do you suppose we find Jesus at the time of his wake up call? “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went to a deserted place, and there he prayed” (Mk 1:35). While everyone was searching for him on earth, he was seeking his Father in heaven. His priorities were in the right place—he greeted his Father in prayer before all else. Through this loving and obedient act, Jesus clothe himself with his Father’s divine will for his life on a daily basis.

Where does one find us during our first waking hour? Is there a present awareness in our lives that we ought to be our Father’s first audience? Or are we children who simply fail to greet Him? While we spend so much time working in the kingdom, we forget to spend time with the king. Busyness has the tendency to squeeze God out of our earthly schedules. We kid ourselves when we say that we’ll catch up with our communion and pray at a later date. After all, the crying needs of the world is threatening to huff and puff and blow our door down. Someone once said that prayerlessness makes one weak at the knees. Like Jesus, let us clear our calendars and prioritize prayer in our lives before we go about our Father’s business. Call it “quiet time” or “alone time with our Lord,” let’s not neglect this precious period with Him. Our Father’s daily roll call still stands. Let’s meet and greet God daily and discover what He wants for us before the world’s wants get in the way.

Copyright 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.

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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

I remember one morning, very early (probably around 3 or 4 a.m.) I got up to "powder my nose", and I noticed a light on downstairs. I shut it off, thinking my parents left it on. My Dad spoke up that he was in the family room. I came downstairs to find my Dad in the family room reading the Bible and praying. I'd never ever known he did this every morning! What a "silent" witness to my heart. I know he was always and still is a very Godly example for me and I love him so much. I always love praying, for God is just so good to me ~ I see His hand in my life, over every obstacle every minute of each day. What a Savior!


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California Author

What a precious story about your Dad. His godly morning habit marked your memory deeply. No doubt Dad had you in his prayers. The fruit of his prayers is savored in your life today. The prayer of this righteous man has proven to be powerful and effective (Jas 5:16). God bless your heart JD!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

What a precious compliment. I will keep wishing for that godly man in my life, and for now, it is our Lord. He's all I need; and I'm so thankful, not only for my Dad, but for my brothers in the Lord that I look up to, and one of them is you!


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Gicky,

this is a wonderful reminder of how important that time is with our Father. I am always so blessed after entering into his presence and giving Him a kiss (so to speak. And if I listen long enough he tells me the secrets of his heart and prepares me to go on about the day's business Thanks for your message


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California Author

Coffeesnob, how true. It's one thing to know what God wants us to do, it's another thing to discover his wish for us to fulfill. And God's wish list goes above and beyond what he requires of us in a to-do list. When we come to understand the heart of the Father, we can rightly say, "Your wish is my command!" This is the kind of loving obedience over shear sacrifice that pleases God.


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heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

There is no time like the present, they say. We all are in need of prayer. Being accepted and heard by our true Father God! How awesome is that, us little people.


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California Author

heart4theword, Amen! It's truly an amazing thing to know that our Father covets spending time alone with His children. Intimacy with God in the present is what our relationship with Him is all about. Thank you for connecting with me on this hub with your gracious comment.

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