Famous Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon has a devotional book called Morning and Evening. He suggests Bible readings and gives devotional thoughts for use in the morning when you roll out of bed and in the evening before you crawl back into bed. Many churches also maintain the practice of morning and evening worship on the first day of every week. Why morning and evening?
The idea goes back to ancient Israel. God required the people to offer regular sacrifices. “You shall offer the one lamb in the morning and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight” (Numbers 28:4). Israel worshipped morning and evening. “Then on the Sabbath day two male lambs one year old without defect … This is the burnt offering of every Sabbath in addition to the continual burnt offering” (Numbers 28:9-10). They doubled their morning and evening sacrifices each Sabbath.
Hebrews 13:15 connects us with these sacrifices. “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” We enter God’s presence through Christ. We offer Him sacrifices. We give Him praise coming from thankful hearts and lips. This is a pattern. Christians should read the Bible and pray each morning and evening and attend worship with God’s people each Lord’s Day morning and evening.
To encourage you in the rhythm of morning and evening prayer and morning and evening Lord’s Day worship, click here and listen to “Worship Morning and Evening.”