Years ago in a mid-week service I shared how tired I was because the Lord had me on “night watch” for my son – I would pray for hours in the still of the night and the lack of sleep was finally catching up to me. After service a brother came up to me and said, “What is your son’s name? I want to take the night watch for you so you can get some sleep.” I will NEVER forget that man or the sacrifice he made just so I could sleep knowing someone else was interceding on my son’s behalf. Powerful.
Bible teacher Steve Brown used to pray for his radio listeners, “Father, You know what wakes us in the middle of the night.”
All winter I have been called to night watch again. The weight of prayer needs is greater (to me) than it’s ever been. I lay still in bed for hours and pray…
for a sister who has to move………again
a cousin with pulmonary issues
a sister whose son is in jail
a young woman who has been abused since she was a toddler and now is so messed up she cannot function
a sister taking care of her father-in-law suffering with Alzheimer’s
a sister whose son has a gambling addiction
a sister whose husband is in intensive care
an unborn baby undergoing critical in vitro surgery
a brother and his family who need work
a brother who tried to end his life
a sister whose daughter has a life-threatening illness
sisters and brothers with chronic pain
a sister whose 70-something brother is trying to stay sober for the first time in 40 years
a sister whose grandson is emotionally unstable and trying to “make the grade” in his college courses
children who are being rescued from human traffickers and those who aren’t
people I will never meet who will die because of burrowing parasites in their bare feet
12-year olds who have attempted suicide
loved ones making bad choices
homeless people who sleep in cardboard boxes under bridges
a sister whose siblings are fighting over their mom’s inheritance
I could go on and on. My dear friend keeps a list of prayer needs and it is so long she just throws it on the floor, lies on it and prays. I sense such urgency to pray and I know I cannot be alone in this.
Ann Voskamp writes, “Breathe in…YAH — Breathe out…WEH. Yahweh. Breathe in grace.” God is our breath of Grace.
What keeps you awake at night?
The night watch.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Psalm 63.6