The “Waking” Hour
May 24, 2020 (Post #41)
(From Journal #3: January 8, 2006)
For the past several nights, like so many times before, You’ve wakened me at 3:00 a.m., inviting me to spend time with You. I don’t know the significance of this hour, but it seems to be “our time.” It’s as if You and I are the only two in the world awake, and I have You all to myself. Even though I am tired, the quiet time is so special and I am not distracted. Some of the biggest revelations you’ve taught me have been in these early hours. The Creator of the universe loves me and wants to spend time with me. Forgive me for the times I chose sleep over time in prayer with You.
I am glad I have not drawn back from You during this health battle. No matter what has come against me, I have not run from You, but to You. That is the victory. Running to Jesus is always a victory! You are my protector and I thank You. Without You, fear is an enemy; but with You, fear is cast down and defeated. I will not fear!
During our time this morning, I read a scripture in Isaiah I’ve read before and highlighted. In the margins I’d written, “Lord, I want a teachable spirit.” How true. I do want a teachable spirit. I confess and repent for all the times I have stubbornly resisted being taught, or for refusing to change.
Isaiah 50:4-5: The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the Word that sustains the weary. He wakes me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.”
Matthew 26:40-41: Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”