When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. (Psalm 63:6)
Have you ever had trouble sleeping at night? It is a huge problem for many people. They toss and turn all night, thinking and worrying about all sorts of things. Thankfully, since my time in Bible college, I can honestly say that it is a very rare occasion when I don’t go right to sleep after hitting the pillow; and usually I sleep like a rock all through the night. However, every once in a while I do have some pressing issue in my mind that keeps sleep from me. I have discovered that prayer is a wonderful help during those difficult nights. I have learned that praying about these rest-robbing problems will cause me to feel more at ease about them, and will allow me to have enough peace to get some rest.
Recently I have taken this a step further. Now when I go to sleep I start praising God for who He is, and for all of the wonderful blessings He has given to me and my family. It is usually not long before I am sleeping peacefully with the last thought of the day being about our wonderful Lord. As a preacher, I often tell our people to give the first part of the day to God; but how glorious it is to finish the day with my last conscious thoughts about Him.
Tonight when you go to bed, why not try to spend those last moments praising the Lord for His goodness. I bet it will help you sleep better.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)
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