Have you been to God’s night school? You know you have. I certainly have. Too many times to count. It’s the middle of the night and for seemingly no good reason there you are, lying WIDE AWAKE. Even if you’ve had a sleeping pill, fan on, window open or warm milk (I never did understand that one) and all the other perfect sleeping conditions, you just CAN’T. FALL. BACK. ASLEEP. Whatever is occupying your subconscious mind wakes you up. And keeps you awake even after using the bathroom. You try listening to music, tossing and turning, changing pillows, reading, making notes (that are, of course, unintelligible in the morning), blankets up, blankets down, switch side to side, 87 different positions and by the time you have done all of that it finally occurs to you that maybe, just maybe I should pray.
Over the last few weeks my sleep has been disturbed many nights. I worry. I always have. I can tell you that I have an average of 12.7 nights a month when I lie awake and I lose just over a half hour of sleep each time. And you likely do as well, though maybe not so many. We worry about our kids, our work, our spouse, our friends, family & loved ones, even the pandemic. Why should I worry? What does it help?
If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. Dale Carnegie
Jesus says it so well in Luke 12:25-31 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Worrying doesn’t accomplish much does it? BUT, prayer does.
If you are up late tonight (or the next time you are wide awake not sleeping), ask God this one question, “What’s next God!“. And when you’re lying awake, you can most definitely pray. Start with those who God brings to your mind.