Daily D – 1 Samuel 3:9
He told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
1 SAMUEL 3:9 (CSB)
Have you ever awakened in the night for no apparent reason? This happens to me more and more these days. What do you do on such occasions?
I normally try to go back to sleep. Rest is important. Our minds and muscles perform best when they are well rested. We are to work from a place of rest and not settle for resting from our work.
There is something else we can do in those midnight hours. We can pray. Who do we pray for? Whoever comes to mind. I might have prayed for you this morning at 2:30.
Our Father in heaven often places someone on our mind in such cases. Pray for that person then. Seek God’s highest and best for them. Ask him to meet their needs, to protect and defend them, and to give them clear direction.
If no one immediately comes to mind, work through those closest to you. Pray Bible verses or passages you have committed to memory.
Most often in such cases, I go back to sleep while praying. This is the best way I can think of to go to sleep.
I may need a nap today since I had such a prayerful evening last night. I will pray myself to sleep then as well. How may I pray for you?
I will pray when I am awakened in the night.
Our Father, awaken me as often as you like that I may pray for those you play on my heart. Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.