SLEEPING OR PRAYING – WHAT’LL IT BE

Another day has gone by and it is bed time.  I am tired, it’s been hot and we’ve been busy, and in town shopping,

I’m sitting here thinking that I need to go to bed.  My men folk are out at a fire brigade training session and will not be home for a while yet.

I could go to bed and read and pray or just sleep, but I know that I should be praying for my family.

I know of a family where the grandmother prays for her children and her grandchildren every day.  She prays for their relationship with God and for their future, she is definitely a God fearing woman who knows the power of prayer and all her children walk with the Lord.

I want to be a praying mother and now grandmother.  Each night I pray for the safety of our children and grandchildren.  I pray for our unmarried children’s future spouses and their safety.

But I want to be able to pray more and to be able to stay awake at night instead of falling asleep.  I sometimes joke that if I can’t sleep I pray, but that’s not really the way I want it to be.  I want to be a God fearing prayerful women who knows and understands the power of prayer.  I want my sons and daughters to be prayerful people who put their trust in God and not in man.

I want to pray for them to turn their backs on the ways of the world and keep their eyes on Jesus.  I want us to be in the world and not of the world.

So I think I will go to bed and pray.

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PS: I wrote this post a month or so ago hence the reference to warm weather.

40 thoughts on “SLEEPING OR PRAYING – WHAT’LL IT BE”

  1. Yes, dear Lord, help me to do the same! My love for Jesus stems from the fact that I had a praying mother…and father. How very blessed I am to have that Godly heritage. Now, I want to live out that legacy in my daily life on behalf of our precious son. If only our world had more praying, Godly mothers!

    1. What a wonderful heritage you have Cheryl, I’m not so sure about mine though, but that doesn’t matter. We can start the Godly traditions now ourselves and encourage our children also. The saying that prayer changes things is so true and I just sent our son (7) out to his zucchini plants to ask God to bless them and help them grow. I want them to know that talking to God is how to handle things and asking Him for help is the answer. Thanks again for stopping by and being such an encouragement. Blessings.

  2. Great post… it is so easy to pray without really believing… without really understanding the power behind those prayers… and yet how much better to pray, in faith, believing. 🙂

  3. I enjoyed your post so much !!! I often have times where I need to decide what is important and what is needful. Sometimes I make the right decision and sometimes I don’t but I know that God’s love is still right there with me. And I felt this in your post as well. Keep up the good work !!!

  4. As a mother of young children, I’m learning to accept that sometimes my willingness to rest (including napping) is its own form of prayer – it makes me a better, kinder mother and keeps me back from the edges of my personality that come out too quickly when I’m worn down. I simply offer my rest to God and trust in the spirit working within me. May your sleep AND your prayer be blessed. Thanks for your presence at #SmallWonder.

    1. Thank you Kelly for sharing your thoughts with me and I so agree sometimes as mothers of young children rest is very important and God is there with us as we do it. Blessings

  5. I want to be a praying woman too! And it’s so hard to vanquish the sleep and being sleepy and not just give into it.
    I think it’s fasting, not fasting from the entire night of sleep but giving that moment of time to God and not using it sleep, is like fasting from food and giving that time to God.
    May God bless your praying moments!

  6. That is also my desire. I have fallen asleep so many times during prayer (ashamedly) but I can never fall asleep without it… Thank you for sharing your wonderful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week! 🙂

  7. This is such an honest post and I understand the sentiment completely! I often fall asleep praying, and never quite feel that my prayer life is as consistent as it should be. Thank you for the reminder to keep pressing forward toward the prayer life we desire. Also, thanks for posting on Motivate and Rejuvenate Monday! 🙂

    God bless,

    Letetia

  8. Yes, I seek to do the same.

    I often feel like the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane – I frequently fall asleep in prayer… and I get so annoyed that I do it too.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  9. oh girl, to be known as a pray-er… that’s the stuff of world changers!

    So, I have made a decision to not lay down…that is, to sit in a chair until I’ve covered my daily prayers and to not close my eyes. I can be like the disciples, sit down, close eyes, sleep–even when I’d rather talk to Jesus, my body fails me.

    I’m praying God empowers us both to become strong prayer warriors! Amen!

  10. To be a praying mother and grandmother is a great blessing. Sometimes I get so distracted that I put other things first. This is the second post I’ve read today about prayer! Thankful tha t God is ever patient and reminds me. Thanks for posting. 🙂

    visiting from Coffee for Your Heart

  11. Thank you for this reminder about prayer. I too aspire to be a praying mum and gram, and it is such a challenge to make this a priority in the midst of homeschooling, maintaining a “reasonable” house, and living the mundane faithfulness. So good to meet you at the Weekend Brew.

    1. Thanks Michele for your comment and for stopping by, you are right that praying can be such a challenge during our everyday life, but I suppose that is when we need to pray even more. Blessings

  12. Since my husband started working from home we have an extra prayer time together where we primarily pray for our children, their future souses and our future grandchildren. Such a privilege and responsibility we have in that.

  13. I could do so much better lifting my family up in my prayers. Jesus should be the first thing on my mind in the morning and last thing at night. Thank you for your beautiful example of prayer and for linking up to The Weekend Brew!

    1. Thanks Barbie for your encouraging comment and you are right Jesus should be the first think on our mind, but so often we get caught up in everything else. Blessings to you.

  14. I so identify with your heart here. When I look back on my own life, I can see God’s lavish grace at the times I least deserved it, and I attribute that to the prayers of my mother. She’s a faithful prayer warrior, who intentionally and earnestly lifts her children (and now grandchildren) to the Lord. I want my own kids to have a mom like that! But it does require intentionality, doesn’t it? I’m so glad you linked this up with us at Grace & Truth.

    1. Thanks Jennifer for that, you are right it does require intentionality and commitment, but I suppose that is what motherhood is all about :-). This doesn’t mean that it is a piece of cake either. Thanks for the link up and for sharing your heart with us. Blessings

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