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Oct 14/2015

What Wakes You Up?

This past week at Y.A. we watched the movie Amazing Grace and in it we see the passion of William Wilberforce to take action in abolishing the slave trade (yah… no big deal). If you would like to listen to a small recap video click here

God placed this burden and mission on William's heart. Something I noticed was that at certain points the burden became something that consumed him so much so that he would wake up at night wrestling with his mission.

This got me thinking!

What keeps you up at night? What do you do when you wake up?

I think if we are being cheeky, our first response to that question is, "well what wakes me up would be a text message from a friend in the middle of the night." But if we are honest, we usually wake up in the middle of the night because something is on our mind and we just can’t sleep.

Our natural response to waking up is usually three reactions:

#1 We go back to bed,

#2 We lie awake stressing, or

#3 We grab the phone and just start Facebook, Pinterest, or YouTube scrolling…

However, I want to bring to your attention another reason you may be waking up early or in the middle of the night and what your response can be!

God may want to speak to you about something in your own life or want you to pray about a situation that you are facing. Often we are so busy during the day that God may use the night to draw us close to seek him in prayer. 

Just this week I woke up early because I was burdened and concerned with some things that I had seen earlier that day. I was particularly feeling a little hopeless and troubled about some people in my life. There can also be the burden of some work responsibilities that lead to restless nights. How different would things be if I stopped to pray about the things that woke me up, rather then just brushing it off, stressing out, or Facebook scrolling?

God desires us to pray about the things that burden our hearts and to come to Him. When we come into unity with Jesus he wants to work through us on earth. We all have purpose here. God does not desire us to simply take on burdens and then just deal with it on our own, rather He always desires that our struggles draw us closer to him as our source of strength, peace, and direction. 

Matthew 11:28 - “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - “Pray continually.”

For whatever reason we wake up at night or early in the AM, our first response should be to pray and lean into God. He might just want to say something and give you direction. Be ready! Take some time to listen to him.


  • If you wake up in the night. Seek prayer first! 
  • Next week in small groups we are joining in with the Week of Prayer & Fasting. We are going to spend time in worship and then praying with the focus on Reaching Our World.

See you next Wednesday! 

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