Sometimes I suddenly wake up in the middle of the night.
Wide awake. I stare out my window at the fading stars and wonder if there’s a reason.
Occasionally, someone’s name will be on the tip of my tongue, as if placed there on the edge of an unfinished dream. It could be a good friend or a person I haven’t heard from in years. But, I often wonder if there’s an explanation for why they are on my mind.
I begin to pray over them… If I don’t know anything that’s happening in their lives, I’m not always certain where to start. I pray for them specifically, then break out into prayers for their immediate family. For their health, their job, anything I can think of.
It’s funny how once you start praying, the words seem to come on their own. Without knowing why, I am suddenly praying over someone’s entire life. And it may not even be someone I know very well.
I often wonder at these times, if God roused me to utter these prayers in the quiet of the early morning- before the world has opened its eyes. If they really need someone to be up to bat for them, even before the sun has peeked its way over the horizon.
For all I know, it could all be my imagination. A noise could’ve woken me, a strange siren in the night, an early morning traveler. It could be any number of things.
But I like to think that maybe they needed these prayers. That God gave me the honor to bless them without them knowing it. Maybe they will wake up with a renewed strength, an added pep in their step. Able to face the day with a sense of purpose.
It could be possible that those nights that we’re unable to sleep, or those mornings we wake up especially early, there is someone who covets our prayers. A friend going through something that no one else even knows about.
I hope that if you ever find yourself awake with my name on your heart, that you would whisper a prayer for me- and I will always try to return the favor.
Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night with a prayer on your lips? What do you do?