Learn To Pray At Night

Open Heavens Devotional 2022

DATE: Thu, May 12, 2022

MEMORISE:
“Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.” – (Jeremiah 6:5)

READ: Matthew 13:24-30 (KJV)


MESSAGE:
The night-time is a major time when enemies attack. Mathew 13:25 says:

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

When everyone else is sleeping, witches and wizards are holding meetings at night and launching attacks on souls and destinies. It would be dangerous for you to be sleeping at that time; rather, that is when you should be fighting. That is when you should be firing arrows at the kingdom of darkness.

In the Bible reading for today, the servant of the house owner slept all night, during which time the enemy was able to come and sow tares. It was in the morning that he realised that the enemy had tampered with his work. Many people wake up in the morning only to realise that the enemy had tampered with their work, lives, or destinies in the middle of the night. Not I! I will fight at night and not allow the devil in at all.

When the servant went to report to his master that someone had tampered with his work, the master told him not to remove what the enemy had planted immediately. He had to live with the tares that the enemy planted until the day of harvest. He now had more work to do to ensure that he had a good harvest at the end of the day, and of course, the tares must have also affected the yield of some of his crops negatively.

You work less in the daytime when you pray at night. It is better to stop the enemy from sowing tares at all than to engage in damage control after the tares have been sown.

Some people wonder why we hold programmes in the middle of the night. When we conduct those vigils, we are engging in warfare. In Matthew 26:41, the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples to watch and pray. He gave the instruction at night. Have you ever wondered why, in Acts 16:25-26, Paul and Silas waited until midnight before they began to pray and sing praises to God? They knew the effectiveness of midnight prayer and praise. Learn to pray at night.


KEY POINT:
Make it a custom to pray regularly at night.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Chronicles 29-31

HYMNAL:
Hymn 22 – Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!

1 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

that calls me from a world of care,

and bids me at my Father’s throne

make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief,

my soul has often found relief,

and oft escaped the tempter’s snare

by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

2. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

the joys I feel, the bliss I share

of those whose anxious spirits

burn with strong desires for thy return!

With such I hasten to the place

where God my Savior shows his face,

and gladly take my station there,

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

3. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

thy wings shall my petition bear

to him whose truth and faithfulness

engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since he bids me seek his face,

believe his word, and trust his grace,

I’ll cast on him my every care,

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!


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