by Pastor Tim Burt
I am presently in a very busy stretch at work. I can usually keep up with what's on my plate but recently, there have been some family crisis situations of a few people at church that have needed much attention. We want to be there to help in those times and I believe we are and do a great job. But, after a while, it can all add up and try to wear you down.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night and found myself thinking about a person in our church that is in a very difficult situation. I was trying to work out some solutions in my mind. The problem was, they weren't easy solutions and would take a great deal of my time – time I didn't have to give. I didn't know what I was going to do. I fell asleep but later the Lord woke me up to pray. I can tell when the Lord wakes me up because I am instantly wide awake and not tired. When this happens, I also know the grace of God will be with me to get me through the day (from the lack of sleep.)
When Mordecai confronted Ester about her part to help save the Jews, she knew she had a plan to execute but also knew the prayer part was the most important. Esther 4:16 "Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me…" We see the exhortation in James 5:16 that says, “…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” And Philip. 4:6-7 says “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
I woke up in the middle of the night. The devil would have loved it if I would have wasted the time laying there worrying while losing precious sleep. It wasn't going to happen. I finally finished praying about 6:00 am. I will still try to see what I can do to help this person with their situation, but what I have great confidence in, is that the Lord has heard my prayers and is working behind the scenes in the way He always does. God's love for this person far exceeds anything I feel and His ability far exceeds anything I could think of or do. So, I didn't lose sleep last night. I sacrificed it for prayer and blessing for this person. She will be helped and God will be glorified!
Matthew 6:27 (NLT) “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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