I have always heard people say God woke them up in the middle of the night to pray. I had never had that experience...or did I?
Last night I was awake most of the night. Around midnight, after lying there for three hours, I was getting so frustrated so I prayed, "God please just let me fall asleep!" That is when I heard Him say, "No, I need you to pray!" You see, a young man in our church youth group was killed in a horrible accident last week, God wanted me to pray for his family. So, I prayed. I prayed for his family, for our youth group, for his friends, for everyone involved. Then tried to sleep. Again, I couldn't. God told me I wasn't done yet. So I kept praying.
Yes, I got up in the morning tired. But let me tell you something, obedience is better than sacrifice.
How many times over the years of sleepless night did God want me to intercede for someone, but I ignored it. I was selfish and wanted to sleep and did not listen to Him. It breaks my heart.
Many times in my life someone would pop in to my mind out of the blue. I would think, oh I wonder how they are. But the truth is God wanted me to pray for them. This is something that had never occurred to me until recently.
When someone comes to mind, for no reason at all, maybe God is wanting you to pray for them. When you lie away at night unable to sleep, maybe God is wanting you to intercede for someone. We may never know why they needed our prayers right then, but we need to be willing to obey God and just pray.
When someone comes to your mind today, take a moment to stop and pray for them.