Prayer Promises in the Night

I’ve had lots of sleepless, restless nights in 2018, but last week I had a sleepless night for a good reason. As I was trying to fall asleep, I kept having this repetitive thought run through my mind:

“I’m a good Father and you’re a good son; ask for My best.”

I was encouraged by the thought and prayed it a few times while I was trying to fall asleep. How many of us have fallen asleep during prayer? Typically, prayer is the equivalent to tryptophan in turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Yet this particular night, my prayers energized me. At 1:30am, I decided to get out of bed to hear God’s voice. 

I went into the family room, put on some headphones, and played two songs on repeat for my prayer time: Praise before my Breakthrough and Prophesy your Promise, both by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. God used these songs to speak deeply into my soul. 

From a human perspective, and given our unique set of circumstances, finding God’s best appears challenging… but God loves a challenge!

In addition to God planting this prayer in my mind and watering the seeds with the songs, He also brought my priority time back to my mind. In Matthew 8:5-13, the Centurion appeals to Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus agrees, but the Centurion says, “… but only say the word, and my servant will be healed” (verse 8, ESV, emphasis added).

Wow! Do you ever have those “stop everything” moments while in His Word and prayer? Not only was I wowed that morning, but verse 10 goes on to say, “When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith’” (emphasis added).

What is it about my faith that makes Jesus marvel? What amazes, astonishes and causes Jesus to wonder at our faith? The Centurion understood and trusted Jesus’ authority. 

  • Do I really believe Jesus kept me up to pray? 
  • Do I really believe He’s a good Father and I’m a good son? 
  • Do I really believe He wants me to ask for His best?

Matthew 8:13 says, “And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.’ And the servant was healed at that very moment.” I want my faith to stop everything and cause Jesus to marvel… but I also want some of my prayers answered “at that very moment.”

That night, I went through my journal and turned every promise from God’s Word and from His people into one-sentence prayers. This was my version of “only say the word” and to ask for my Good Father to give His good Son “His best right now.” By the end of the prayer, it was 4:00am… and I had ten pages of one-sentence prayers. 

Here’s an example:
We receive these words from Haggai 1 and 2.

  • We receive “I am with you” right now.
  • We receive “shaking the heavens and the earth” right now.
  • We receive “you giving us peace” right now.
  • We receive “fear not” right now.
  • We receive “My Spirit remains in your midst” right now.
  • We receive “from this day on I will bless you” right now.
  • We receive being made “like a signet ring” right now.
  • We receive being “chosen” right now.
  • We receive Laramie’s word from Esther 8:6 on June 13th right now.

Let me close with my favorite lyrics from the song, Prophesy Your Promise:

And when I only see in part
I will prophesy Your promise
I believe You, God
‘Cause You finish what You start
I will trust You in the process
I believe You, God

And fear can go to hell
Shame can go there too
I know whose I am
God, I belong to You
And fear can go to hell
Shame can go there too
I know whose I am
God, I belong to You

4 thoughts on “Prayer Promises in the Night”

  1. You all are truly missed. I remember dating several times in my 30 s and God saying “wait for my best for you” those words resonated! Each time I would date a new person he would say the same thing. Glad I finally found the one whom my soul loves even if it was @ age 39. I have so much respect for you and Karen. If it was not for HP I would not have my sweet little children and I will forever be great full. Hope this finds you all doing well you are always in our prayers!

  2. Christopher Hinzman

    Wow. What if my faith astonished Jesus? I remember a time when my faith was strong and unshakeable – when I was a young teenager. After all these years, I’ve really wrestled with doubting myself, and mourning the closeness and devotion to Jesus I once had. I am starving to be sold out to Him again. Thanks for taking the time to write these wonderfully igniting blogposts.

    It was a huge blessing to meet you two at the church conference (I sat by you in the small subgroup room). Honestly, God has brought you two to mind often in this whole year. I pray for you often and praise God for His continued faithfulness to you. Thanks for being a blessing in my life.

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