Normally I am a very good sleeper. I go to bed and within minutes I am deep asleep. Sometimes this drives my wife crazy, as she tries to get me to roll over so I will stop snoring. But twice in the last week I woke up in the middle of the night and could not get back to sleep. There was no noise that woke me up. No bright light or thunderstorm. Just suddenly I was wide awake and could not go back to sleep.
Both times I decided to check Facebook. Immediately I saw posts from friends who had significant prayer needs right at that moment. I spent time praying for a long list of serious needs. Normally I would have been asleep and not even known about those needs until the next day when the immediacy of the issues had passed. It was obvious that there was indeed a reason that I woke up. The Lord woke me up so I could answer the call to prayer.
Perhaps you have had a similar experience when you woke up in the middle of the night for no reason. The next time it happens to you, instead of watching reruns on TV or simply tossing and turning, consider your wakefulness a call to prayer.
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