Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
I’ve blogged about going into the still of the night to pray where you can be alone with God. These are the best of times with the Lord. There’s something about the stillness that enables your senses to experience things that you wouldn’t normally notice. Your ears become more aware of the sounds of the night. Your eyes get accustomed to the lack of lights and become keener; more able to see through the darkness. Jesus also enjoyed the times before daylight to pray.
There have been times in the middle of the night or very early morning that I have woke up only to feel a pressing need to pray. I believe that the Holy Spirit at times stirs up my heart and this causes my body to wake up and find a place to pray. Sometimes the things brought to my heart and mind are individuals. I sense the Holy Spirit leading me to pray for specific people at times without the knowledge of any particular need. Then there are times that I’m not praying for individuals, but rather I may be praying for events, or churches, or God’s presence over a community, or even Holy Spirit revival.
What is my point? Prayer is a part of every Christian’s life. Or should I say, God commands us to pray in His Word. His Word doesn’t say when to pray, but it does say “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1 NKJV) Prayer is our opportunity to have conversation with God. Have you ever been called late at night by a friend or maybe a family member? And they may have said, “Did I wake you?” And your response may have been, “Oh, not really. I was just laying here.” After all of the niceties, you spend time in conversation because they must have called you for a reason and that reason was important to them.
Well, I believe the Holy Spirit does the same thing. The Holy Spirit has a reason and it’s important to Him that He gets your attention. We may never know what a person is facing in the people the Holy Spirit brings to our hearts and minds, but that’s ok. I leave that to God. If we will spend time talking to family or friends to hear and help them out, how much more important is it to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say. You might say, “I’ve never experienced that. I’ve never felt the Holy Spirit needing me to wake up in the middle of the night.” You may never have. And that’s ok. No condemnation here. But I’m just saying again, prayer is our opportunity to spend time with God and have conversation with Him. If you feel the sudden presence of God and the need to pray, take the time to pray. No matter what the time. God will certainly bless your obedience.
Heavenly Father. Thank You for those times You send the Holy Spirit to stir me up in the middle of the night to spend time with You and pray. Thank You Lord that I have experienced that. Lord, help me to lay aside the time of day and the things that would distract me, and lead me into Your presence. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!