Read: Psalm 134:1-3
Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
Most of us would prefer to sleep at night but the Lord sees the night, the quiet hours of darkness as a time to minister. It has always been this way with Him. He loves the night watch. Jesus thrived there in the early morning darkness before anyone had arisen for the day. Mark 1:35 tells us, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” It was in the night that Jesus often met with His Father. It was here in the garden of Gethsemane during the deep of the night that Jesus prepared His heart for the cross. And so it is today, servants of the Lord still minister to Him by night. This is often the time the Lord will stir you to pray, when you least desire to move. Remember the disciples in the garden with Jesus? They repeatedly fell asleep as He prayed and He questioned them three times about it. Mark 14:37,39-41:
Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” He said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Once more He went away and prayed the same thing. When He came back, He again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to Him. Returning the third time, He said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting?”
This of course is exactly what most of us are like in the middle of the night when the Lord calls, sleepy. You will be sound asleep, but the Spirit will awaken you and prompt you to get up. Of course you will tell yourself that it is just your imagination and the best thing for you would be to get a good night’s rest, and of course the Lord knows that. But once you obey and you begin to meet the Lord in the night you will begin to understand the riches that can only be found in the darkness and quiet of the night with Him.
Yes, it is true there are meeting times in the early morning and the dark of the night you cannot duplicate in the daytime. They are quiet and often lonely times, times the Holy Spirit can come in stillness and speak into your spirit. Times that are so rich and valuable that once you’ve experienced them pushing yourself to get out of bed will become a blessing. Each of these devotions was written between 2:30 am and 5:30 am. My best and deepest times with the Lord are always when He has awakened me in the night. Friends, your sleep is important but your time with Jesus is invaluable. When He comes to you in the night learn to get up and come to Him and you will find that these are your richest and fullest times of prayer with the Lord.
Father, I have never thought of myself as a person of the night, but I pray that when you stir me in the darkness that I will awaken to your presence and believe that you will make it all worth my while.