P-Mail Before E-Mail

It’s 4am, and I am up again.  I am not sleepy or tired.  I am excited.

My brain roars to life like a Harley motorcycle, ready to roll.  My mind is filled with thoughts and ideas that grew up overnight, now ready for picking.   I reach for my journal and laptop to take notes before my thoughts fly away.

Then I notice I’ve got mail.  Freshly delivered e-mail beckons my attention, some of it with enticing subjects and important senders.  Click – oh no, a problem.  Click – a great opportunity.  Click – a question for which I have no answer.

Help!  I am getting overwhelmed.  I have to stop.  Yet, more emails beg to be opened.

The battle is on.  The world reaches into my quiet time.   My flesh loves the attention.  The enemy seeks to destroy me.

Suddenly, the thought comes to mind that I need to put P-Mail (Prayer) before E-Mail.  I remember how Jesus started His day:

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.  Mark 1:35

I recall Jesus taught, “This, then, is how you should pray:  ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’”  Matthew 9:13

Now I am beginning to feel better, less anxious, more peace.   Another verse for prayer comes to mind:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The more completely I focus upward on my Father in Heaven in prayer, the more correctly I see me in my circumstances.  My peace grows into confidence.  Priorities begin to line-up.  Clarity of thought returns.

I am ready for another day after putting P-Mail before E-Mail.

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