Be careful what you ask for – God just might give it to you.
I have this friend. Let’s call her Mary Catherine*. That sounds spiritual, though a tad bit nunnish. I promise, she’s Baptist. Anyway, she has told me about many times, at night, God wakes her up to pray for people. She cannot get back to sleep until she has gone through her list. Her heart for prayer, and the people she prays for is amazing and beautiful.
Anyway – like I do, whenever other people tell me about things that I think are awesome, I wish that I could do the same thing.
“God,” I whined. “Why don’t you wake me up in the middle of the night to pray for people?”
Side note: you know how we joke about if pray for patience, God puts you in situations where you must exercise patience? Like traffic jams, for instance. Those are the results of people praying for things they don’t actually want. Please, really, stop. ^_^
Anyway, God takes requests like that to heart – and He has this way of giving us what we ask for (you know, when it’s what’s best for us – and I bet God doesn’t say no to those who want to be closer to Him!)
Last night, at 3:30 am, I woke with a clear image of who and what I needed to pray for. Details aren’t needed – there were just some specific people, and a very specific country of the world. And you know that I was wide awake for at least an hour, praying for that.
After that hour, I just fell back into the dreamless sleep I had previously enjoyed.
I’m a bit tired today, but you know what? It’s really not that bad – a little bit of droopy eyes is totally worth communion with God.
It’s funny how that ends up being such a joy.
*all names changed to protect the innocent. And the guilty.