Sleepless Days and Sleepless Nights
by Jane Morin
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Alright, am I the only one whose mind refuses to shut off at times? It can be very annoying and cause sleep depravation. I’ve been wide awake since 2:00 in the morning and it is 3:50 AM now. My body is tired but my mind is running at ten miles an hour. I usually can get right to sleep, but then in just a few hours it is like someone turned the light switch on and I am laying in bed, eyes wide open, thinking of everything in the world but sleep.
I’ll eventually get up and head for the computer to write. Sometimes, without warning, my email indicator will light up. It will be letting me know I just received an email. In the middle of the night the only person I can think of who would be emailing me would be my mother. You see, my mother, respectfully known as the “Email Queen” has dealt with many sleepless nights herself. What she will do is get up and send out prayer request from her online prayer ministry to literally hundreds of people all over the globe. I also want to say…(hope you don’t mind mom) that my mother is in her 70’s. I don’t know too many people her age who can master a computer like she can. Way to go MA!
I have found that prayer sometimes will calm my mind down and I can return to peaceful slumber. Prayer is a powerful weapon against insomnia. You should try it sometime. I used to hear a pastor say, “Don’t go to bed and pray or you will just fall asleep.” The point was if that this is the only time you pray, then your prayer life will suffer. My response is “SO!” I’d rather fall into blissful slumber with my mind on Godly things then any other thing I can think of. Granted, I have gone to bed praying at times only to find myself two hours later wide awake and in deep conversation with God. To some of you this will sound like I am in need of some mental support. But those of you who have a developed prayer life know exactly what I am saying here. Prayer is our only line of communication to God. It is also our most powerful weapon against the enemy. David seems to agree with me about praying in the night time. He said,
“Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” (Psalm 4:4)
The word meditate here does not mean that David was a yoga guru. Meditation in his days and meditation in 2005 seem to be two different things. Meditation in David’s day meant that he would lay and think of God’s attributes such as mercy and righteousness. He would not be standing in awe but be lying in wonder. Yoga tells us to clear our mind of all thoughts. Scripture tells us to fill our minds with the things of God. By the way, have you ever tried to not think of anything? Did it work for you because it has never worked for me?
I have often heard the phrase, “When all else fails, pray.” Excuse me here but I would rather pray before all else fails! If we as Christians could only comprehend the mega amount of force we have when we pray, we would be praying as Paul urged us to do “unceasingly.” I am sure that King David understood the unceasingly part of prayer. As we read the diary of his life we see a man of prayer and power. He knew where his strength came from. I want to be like that. I want to chase God’s heart and run after His mercies and grace all of my days. The best way I can do that is to have an intimate relationship with Him. This includes spending time talking to Him and listening to Him. After all, isn’t that what prayer is?
Copyright © 2005 Passion House Ministries, Jane E Morin
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