I’ll Seek You in the Morning

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Mark 1:32–39

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (v. 35)

When do you pray?

I don’t know how I get up in time to go to the early morning prayer service on day seven of our trip. I don’t even know why. “You can do more,” I sense. And I am believing it. On this trip I have gotten by on less sleep and had more energy than ever.

I am up at 3:30. John and I are out the door by 4:00. Fortunately, the traffic is light. Up a back alley and around a corner we find prime parking right next to the entrance to the church. A huge choir (I estimate 80–100 members) sings us to our seats right up front. The choir is but a tithe of the total congregation.

I am on my knees and under the conviction of the Holy Spirit as the congregation continues to pray after the message. I am penitent. I am passionate. I am interrupted by a hand on my shoulder. Dr. Gil Jayeun, the senior pastor of Wangsung Presbyterian Church, has come down from the pulpit to have a word with me. He wonders who this American is who starts his week in Korea with a 5:00 a.m. prayer meeting.

And I wonder if God might want to put a hand on my shoulder like that every morning.


Set your alarm earlier tomorrow and say to God, “I will seek you in the morning.”