Friday, September 2, 2016

Praying in the Middle of the Night

Psalm 107:28-29 - Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a murmur, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

Normally I am a very good sleeper. It drives my wife crazy that I can lie down and be so deeply asleep in minutes that she has to nudge me to roll over so I will stop snoring. But occasionally I will wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep.

During those wakeful nights sometimes I check Facebook to see what is going on in the middle of the night. Every time, I see posts from friends who have significant prayer needs at that very moment. I then spend time praying for their 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. I believe the Lord wakened me so I could answer the call to prayer.

Most of us have had similar experiences of waking in the middle of the night for no reason. It is easy to just watch television or read a book until we get sleepy again. But perhaps the next time it happens, instead of watching reruns on TV or simply tossing and turning, we should consider wakefulness a call to prayer.

Lord, thank You for calling us to prayer. Amen.

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