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Rx for Sleep!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Psalm 127:1-2

"Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for He grants sleep to those He loves."

Yesterday I received a call from a very dear friend. He asked me if I ever had a hard time sleeping. More specifically, if I ever woke up at say---3:30 a.m., and not be able to go back to sleep? I had to answer that I had no such problem.

I searched my brain for awhile (a very short task) and it dawned on me a very valuable lesson. I shared it with him and I would like to share it with you. We can call it, “God’s Prescription For Sleep!”

To begin, it is important to understand that the devil does everything he can do to make us dull and lethargic. If we lose sleep, we most likely will mope around the next day. That is certainly not conducive for serving the Lord.

If God wakes us up in the middle of the night---it is for a spiritual purpose: To spend time in effective prayer, Bible study or some other spiritual activity. If the devil wakes us up---it is to wear us down and cause us to be slumber bums the next day.

So here is a practice that I have developed for many years. Before I go to sleep at night I ask God for sleep in the Spirit. If I do wake up, I count it a blessing sent by God and thank Him for it. I begin to pray for any people that are on my prayer list. I usually get out of bed and go to my computer for my Bible programs and to work on my Daily-E-Votionals. Let me share a little secret with you. Satan will often become so angry that he will stop waking me up at night.

I had another call from my friend this morning. He told me he had prayed that prayer last night after we talked. He had his Bible open and had been reading it in bed. The next thing he knew it was morning. For the first time in a long time he had been able to spend the entire night in uninterrupted sleep. I would like to call it---sleep in the Spirit.

As we read today’s Scripture we see that our human efforts to improve ourselves will come to naught. "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Self-help is not God’s answer to man’s problems! God is the answer to man’s problems!

Why not take a daring step? Trust God enough to do what His Word says. Be bold enough to ask Him for sleep in the Spirit and to wake you when He wants to meet with you. Nite---Nite!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and become a real blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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