Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, September 1, 2016
Praying, Sleeping Peacefully
This is a new month, a month in which many in this world remember peace. I wanted to focus on selected bible verses that feature peace prominently.
First, Psalm 4:8.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for You alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
This psalm is a psalm of David. David writes here about insomnia. (I’m only partially being tongue in cheek.) Seriously, the author writes about having disturbed sleep. And, he suggested a method of prayer in which the faithful seek the Lord. Plus, he warns against “sin” by thinking honestly and openly about sinful things he’s done. Not covering them up.
This method is simple and straightforward. This is one way David found to avoid tossing and turning on his bed every day. Be honest and open. And, the Lord will bless David with peace. Peace and safety.
What a positive, nurturing thing to do. How wonderful to have the possibility of restful sleep. And peace. God’s peace.
Gracious God, thank You for offering us a cure for insomnia. Sin-induced insomnia. God, help me to continue to come to You with difficulties, mistakes, problems, sin. Thank You for forgiving me and loving me—forgiving us and loving us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our a
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