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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Psalm 4:4

Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.


Kind David was a man who regularly poured his heart out to God at night. Many times, he anguishes in prayer at night through the Psalms. Here he says we should search our hearts and be quiet before the Lord at night. When he mentions trembling and not sinning, I believe he is speaking of discovering one’s failures and not blaming God for sin.


When I was a little boy, and it was time for bed, I would often pray, “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.” That’s only part of many children’s early childhood prayers before bed at night. Granted, this was a prayer many parents of Christian families taught their children to pray at night. Perhaps that tradition comes from the prayers David prayed at night. During the day, we pray prayers of praise and exultation, but we also pray, “Please God, help me get out of this mess.” Those are day prayers. Night prayers are mostly about self-introspection. When we go to sleep at night, we move into a state of unconsciousness, and we’re not sure if we’ll wake up or not. With that in mind, it’s time for all of us to get back to “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.” I think you know what I’m talking about.


Dear Jesus,

I’m so happy I woke up this AM. Last night I was searching, but I’m praising You this AM. Help me use this day to lead others to You is my prayer. Amen

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