A Good Time to Pray? When You Can't Sleep

Some of my best conversations with God have taken place before the sun has risen.

Posted in , Apr 24, 2018


According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research, up to 40 percent of the population experiences signs of insomnia every year. There are many triggers for insomnia including health problems, stress, medications, substance abuse, anxiety and aging. While some people don’t battle insomnia, occasionally they may wake up in the middle of the night and be unable to get back to sleep. When younger, if I couldn’t sleep I tried a variety of things: counting backwards, watching television and reading. Sometimes it worked, but typically not. I would think about all the things that needed to get done the following day or unresolved issues. 

The inability to fall back asleep used to frustrate me, but not anymore. Now I see it as an opportunity to pray; to be still in the presence of God. I have come to realize that talking with God is the best use of this time. In these quiet times, I unload my worries and concerns, and seek His guidance. This is also a great time to pray for others who are battling their own issues. Nothing releases me of my worries more than praying for others.

Some of my best conversations with God have taken place before the sun has risen. Everything around me is quiet, dark, still and motionless. There are no distractions. His presence gives me peace and eventually I can fall back asleep even if it’s only for a short time. No longer do I see this time as wasted.  When you can’t sleep, talk with God and remember Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” When do you find it best to talk with God? Please share.

Lord, in our sleepless nights, You are there for us. Hear our prayers. 

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