A Wonderful Opportunity

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Sometimes we're given surprising opportunities to have time alone with God. We should treasure and utilize these times as opportunities to be still in His presence.

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12).

Sometimes the demands of my ministry are overwhelming. I wake up in the night, greatly burdened. Whenever I fight the restlessness—just tossing and turning and trying to go back to sleep—I find myself exhausted the next day. But sometimes I have enough sense to recognize that perhaps it’s the Lord who has awakened me. I will get up and start pouring out my heart to God.

Here is what is amazing: those impromptu sessions in the middle of the night are some of my most rewarding times. Those moments create an opportunity to have un-rushed time alone with God. I’m able to hear His voice and understand His guidance. It’s as if He speaks in a special way that shows me I haven’t really been hearing Him. I treasure those times (even though I am sometimes slow to recognize that I need to get up and get out of my warm bed). And there is a miraculous bonus. I wake up refreshed even though I’ve been up half the night.

It encourages me that Jesus needed these times with His Father as well, even though He is God with no sin. Knowing how weak and sinful I am, I certainly need special time alone with God. So when you wake up in the night overwhelmed, be surprised by the joy that comes from getting up and being alone with God.

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