I woke up about 3:30 am with one thought pressing on my mind and heart. Pray.
What! God, don’t you know what time it is? I have to go to work in a few hours. I need some more sleep. Still that nagging feeling – Pray.
So, I prayed and I asked God, “What do you want me to pray about? What is so important that it has to been done now? It’s 3:30 in the morning.” (OK – I might have had a bad attitude.)
God just continued to impress on my heart to pray. So I prayed for a family from our church that I had visited with last evening at the funeral home. They were burying their mother and then I prayed for their son as he was distraught over losing his grandmother. I prayed for a family in our community that lost their 18 year old daughter to a car accident this week. I prayed for my Mom as she faces surgery for uterine cancer. I prayed for my family, my marriage, my daughter. I prayed for my job and the people I come into contact with at work. I prayed for our small group of girls that gather together to pray on Fridays.
I looked up and it was 4:30. Maybe I can still get another hour of sleep. Nope. God was still impressing on my heart to continue to pray. And so I prayed and told God that I didn’t know what else to pray for. Then he impressed on my heart that I hadn’t prayed about anything for me personally. I then knew what I needed to do and I prayed about some things in my own life. I tried to listen for answers. I tried to just be still. (I have a hard time with that one.) Then I felt my heart move into a time of praise and worship. What a sweet time this morning.
I looked over and the clock said 5:30. Time for me to get moving. And so my last prayer was for strength to get through the day. I could have sworn I heard God laugh at me. I know there was no audible voice but just an impression in my heart. God was telling me that if I can trust Him in all these other things, surely I can trust Him for strength. He also impressed on my heart that we had just spent the last 2 hours together preparing to meet the day and that He’d already met my need for strength for the day.
And so, I headed off into the day with joy in heart. Looking forward to what the day may bring. Trusting my Savior in all things …
Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 91:2 “I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!””
Psalm 143:8 “Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You;
Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.”