As working saints in the Lord’s recovery, we are pulled in every direction from the moment we get up in the morning. Whether it be preparing for a work presentation or shopping and cleaning the house for a group meeting, our time and energy are constantly being sapped. As our capacities and responsibilities increase over time, both at work and in the church, we may easily overlook the most foundational matter – morning revival. In fact, it is often the first thing to go.
But the real peril lies in the fact that we may not even know it, because we faithfully (or unfaithfully) read The Holy Word for Morning Revival, even if it’s while we are brushing our teeth, eating our breakfast, riding the train, or, driving! On the other hand, we may studiously devote half an hour to an hour poring over the Word with our concordance and coffee and yet still not feel “fresh” afterwards.
This may be because we are unclear about the difference between “morning revival” and “morning watch.” In The Exercise and Practice of the God-ordained Way, Brother Lee says, “Usually, in our speaking, we combine the morning revival with morning watch. But it is good to separate them, because if you only have a small amount of time each morning, you should try to have revival every morning.” (Message 29, p. 289-290)
So what is the difference?
Morning revival is really just that – a revival. Regardless of how we get there, the point is that in the end we are revived, or in other words, filled, refreshed, strengthened, enlightened, energized, vivified, made happy, etc. As a practical handle, however, we should pay attention to 5 things (all the following quotes are from the same reference as above):
- The Lord: Morning revival is time spent with THE LORD. Without the Lord, there is no revival. “In this time with the Lord, we must reject all distracting thoughts about our activities [such as our breakfast/coffee or presentation]. Try your best not to go along with your emotion, mind, or will.”
- His name: To help us concentrate on Him, the Lord gave us His name. “Just concentrate your entire being on the Lord, and try to exercise your spirit to call on His name. We must learn to call on His name in the morning.”
- His Word: “It is also good not to consider many different portions of the Bible at this time… [instead] pray-read two or three verses, using them for your prayer.” (emphasis added)
- Our spirit: Again the simplest way is to call on His name. Also we should pray, but “it is best to avoid praying for other things. In this time, we should simply talk to the Lord directly. This is real prayer.”
- Ten minutes: “To have some time with the Lord each morning does not mean that we have to spend a great deal of time with the Lord. I have practiced a lot and have found out that having about ten minutes with the Lord each morning is enough time.” That’s it! Wow!
“As you contact the Lord in this way, something in your being will be revived, your spirit will be stirred up, and you will be strengthened to live a holy life. This is the morning revival.”
So what is morning watch? Morning watch is what we can do after we have been revived during those ten minutes. “If you have more than ten minutes… the extra time can be used to read and study the Bible. In this time of study, it is helpful to use other publications in order to understand the Bible in a more thorough way.” Unfortunately, many of us jump right to having morning watch with, ironically, The Holy Word for Morning Revival. No wonder we don’t feel living or active and are not bearing fruit…
The good news is, tomorrow morning, and every morning, God resets our being and we are given a new opportunity. The second good news is, it takes only ten minutes! Just ten minutes! Accumulating evidence over recent decades is showing the benefit of meditation (10-30 minutes or more) on the performance of executives in business organization. If the people in the world recognize the importance of taking time out of their busy lives to meditate, shouldn’t we the people of God spend at least ten minutes every morning with our Lord to be filled with Him? After all, we are all top executives and business partners of our Lord and Christ in this universal enterprise.
The Lord. His name. His Word. Our spirit. Ten minutes.