“So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself to me there on the top of the mountain” (Exodus 34:2).
A preparation is required to pray. Preparedness is essential to be amidst the presence of God. Expectation will be there only if there is a preparation. The faith that ‘God will do everything for me’ will be there.
When God wanted to speak to Moses, He fixed a time for him to be ready. It was early hours in the morning. Just imagine how early Moses would have got up from the bed, complete the morning routines and then climb Mount Sinai for the purpose.
God asked Moses to come early in the morning to the top of the hill and not to the foothill. Before doing many things, we prepare ourselves suitably but do we prepare ourselves to stand in the presence of God?
When the Government of India made an announcement that Queen Elizabeth is coming to India and she likes to meet the children here, a few girl students were selected for the purpose. Those children were given training for months together so that they would be clean and tidy, well dressed befitting the occasion, with pleasant smile on their faces. There were rehearsals too. The actual duration of the meeting with the queen was less than five minutes but the joy they experienced in meeting the queen was immense.
An industrialist in Sivakasi told me once, “For standing in the presence of God at 5 O’clock in the morning, I used to prepare myself in the previous night itself. I will go to bed after consuming light food otherwise it will be sloth and hard to get up early.
For praying on the next day in the early hours, I will choose the songs to be sung and what Scripture portions are to be read, beforehand. I will set alarm to get up, wash my face and sit in the presence of God. Then, in that minute itself, the presence of God’s glory will cover me. I will get united with God in prayer.”
Recently, a man of God, while preaching in our church said, “I have saved hundreds of songs in my pen drive and I will switch on my tape recorder to play the songs mildly. Listening to these songs in low decibel throughout the night gives the feeling as though I am lying down in the presence of God. The songs of Bro. D. G. S. Dhinakaran will bring the presence of God into me. It will prepare me to get up early in the morning and Praise God
To meditate: “And he prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple, to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there” (I Kings 6:19).