Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sleepless Nights

Usually I have no trouble falling asleep.  Moments after my head hits the pillow, I'm out until my alarm clock rings in the morning.  But a few nights ago I woke up, wide awake at three a.m.   After a few minutes of tossing and turning, I realized that I couldn't fall back to sleep.

Laying there thinking, I remember sleepless nights.
God spoke to Abraham in the darkness and told him his descendents would be as numerous as the stars.
Jacob was wrestling God all night long until he got his blessing.
King Xerxes remembered Mordecai on a sleepless night.
Samuel, just a boy, heard God's voice in the stillness of a sleepless night. 
Chains were broken during midnight worship and Paul was set free from prison on a sleepless night
And  most memorable of all, God's very own Son came to Earth on a glorious, sleepless night.

Hmm..... A sleepless night might just be an invitation from the Almighty. I slipped out of bed and into His presence with a song, a scripture and a conversation.

Over the years I've heard countless stories about believer being abruptly woken in the middle of the night inspired to pray urgently for someone: a prayer of supernatural intervention.  A prayer of faith in a time of need that made all the difference.

As I slid back into bed, I smiled. It's good to make the most of a sleepless night.

Have you had a sleepless night?

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