How to Build Up the Habit of Spending Time with the Lord Jesus in the Morning


In our post, “The Best Time of the Day to Spend with the Lord Jesus,” we discussed the benefits of having a habit of spending morning time with the Lord. In this post we’ll discuss helpful points for building up this healthy spiritual habit.

Being motivated

Being motivated is key to building up any good habit. And knowing the advantages of a particular habit positively motivates us. Likewise, knowing the disadvantages of not having that habit also motivate us.

For instance, we know regular—not occasional—exercise helps us feel better, work more efficiently, and even live longer. Keeping these positive benefits in mind motivates us to get off our chairs, get active and moving, and persevere, especially when we don’t feel like exercising.

As another example, we know we’ll have dental problems if we don’t regularly brush and floss. So we floss, not because we enjoy it, but because the negative outcome if we don’t encourages us to.

Similarly, habitually spending personal time with the Lord Jesus each morning positively affects our spiritual life and our daily living. When we enjoy Him and His Word in the morning, we’re nourished and supplied with His life to face the challenges of the day. And by being nourished, we’ll grow in the life of Christ.

But not having this daily habit affects us negatively. Without being nourished regularly, it’s difficult to maintain our vitality and joy. And when we’re weak from a lack of spiritual nourishment, we succumb to temptations more easily. Our personal knowing of Christ and our growth in His life are hindered.

Needing to practice

A habit is something that’s part of your life; it’s a regular practice. If you do something only occasionally, it’s not a habit. Forming a habit takes time and repeated practice, and in the process, sometimes we fail. But when we remember that it takes repeated practice, our occasional lapses won’t overly discourage us. We’ll just pick up our practice again afterward.

To establish the habit of spending time with the Lord every morning is no different. It takes time and repeated practice, and restarting after our lapses.

Some practical pointers:

  1. Spend time to first pray about this matter. The Lord wants to have a personal relationship with us and will surely answer our prayers about this. He will faithfully remind us of our desire and intention to build this habit. We can pray, “Lord Jesus, I really want to start my day with You, not other things. Lord, supply me with grace in the morning to put everything else aside so I can be with You first.” Praying about this opens the way for the Lord to be the grace we need to build this healthy habit morning after morning.
  2. Go to bed a little earlier so you can get up earlier in the morning to have time to be with the Lord. Burning the candle at both ends—staying up very late and trying to get up early enough to have this time—usually results in failure and discouragement. But by planning ahead this way, you’ll have a specific time carved out to be with the Lord each morning.
  3. Keep in mind that forming a lifelong habit takes time and practice. When you fail, don’t give up. You can simply start afresh the next day because the Lord’s mercy is new to us every morning (see Lamentations 3). Just take one day at a time.
  4. Determine the least distracting way for you to read the Bible. For instance, some find a printed copy of the Bible is better for them than a digital one during this time since email, news, and texts are all just a click away, and we can easily be distracted by things on our digital devices. Especially when starting out, it’s good to minimize distractions where we can.
  5. Begin by aiming for a short time each morning. This is easier and more realistic than trying to go from spending zero minutes with the Lord to spending sixty. After you establish a shorter time first, say ten minutes, you can add more time. As you taste the joy of being with the Lord in the morning, you’ll spontaneously want to add more time, building up to perhaps a solid twenty minutes. And as you go on, if you have more time, you can spend more time. It’s up to you.

Building up the habit of spending time with the Lord each morning is a worthwhile endeavor that benefits us for our entire life. For help on what to do during this morning time with the Lord, read our post, “How to Spend Time with the Lord Jesus in the Morning.”

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9 thoughts on “How to Build Up the Habit of Spending Time with the Lord Jesus in the Morning

  1. I have made this a practice and it is my life.there is nothing like peace when all he’ll is around us.this is supernatural.this is Jesus God and Holy Spirit.Thank you for sending emails.Love your bible and books.God is withyou.

  2. Thank you for your message this morning. I need to get out of bed and spend time with the Lord. Why is it so hard for me to pray? I’m 66 years old and when I started living for the Lord I was 35 years old. I wish I could go back to my first love. I have some health problems that also keep me from getting up in the mornings. Please pray for me.
    Thank You
    Marie Herman

    1. I’m a 63yr. old woman that have similiar kind of health problems & if we pray for each other the Lord Jesus will Heal & help us with all our needs!! It takes me quite awhile in the morning to get going and from your statement you have that same kind of problem. I was 27 yrs. old when I first accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior and I to desire to go back to that first love & I to need people to pray for me because it is very hard to pray when you have health problems that hinder your prayer & devotional time with our Lord Jesus!!!! Please Pray for me!!!!

  3. This is something that I definitely want to be successful at. Strike that. I WILL be successful! Thank You for this very important information. Time set aside to spend with the Lord our Father is time well spent.

  4. It’s a wonderful experience to start your day reading the word of God and praying.As a believer I find when I do those things it makes me a stronger christian. I don’t easily get angry at work and people around me recognize that my life style is completely different from an unsaved individual. I do want to thank you for your encouragement because prayer is the believers medicine. We all should be taking our medicine (pray) every day so that we can feel better. May God continue to bless your ministry . It encourages us all the time.

  5. As much as we need God’s mercy to practice having a personal time with Jesus every morning, I’ve discovered one thing- this is NOT a matter of spirituality. It’s exceedingly practical. In other words if you’re having trouble with this and you ask me for prayer, I will pray for you, but then I will ask you some practical questions along the lines listed above. Same goes for helping me. 🙂
    For me, three practical points have been key:

    1) Ditch the iphone and go for something printed. Giving your iphone preeminence in your day is especially easy for those of us who set our alarm on our phone.

    2) Be vocal. At least for some of the time, voice your prayers, thanks, and conversation with the Lord. It has helped me anchor my wandering mind to my spirit. Singing is especially good out loud.

    3) Get outside if possible, even if just briefly for the beginning. I don’t know why this helps me but it does. I often come back inside to finish my time with the Lord, but especially at the beginning it helps me wake up and find my spirit faster.

    Anyway, thanks for the practical tips BFA! This is such a key habit to develop, we can use all the fellowship we can get.

  6. This is very good to read I walk every morning I can and I talk to my Lord Jesus sometimes I cry sometimes I laugh and sometimes I sing however, it is always good I feel joy and peace. The Lord is good all the time.

  7. Great post with some excellent comments! I also like to take my time with the Lord outside. Taking a walk with the Lord in the cool of the morning when there is nearly no one to disturb makes it much easier. In this kind of environment it’s easy to call on the Lord, sing to Him, pray audibly and pray over a few verses in the Bible.

    If you do use a mobile device, put it on airplane mode. If it is still too distracting, use a hard copy Bible.

    Like physical exercise. It’s important to do it when you feel like and keep doing it when you don’t. Go to bed earlier so you can be refreshed to keep your morning time.

    Since we’re talking about a long term habit, it’s good to keep our time to something we can maintain for the long run. Then we’ll gradually see the benefits of being supplied and growing in our relationship with Christ..

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