Impending Slumber

All you want to do is curl up in a ball and give way to that persistent desire to sleep

Psalm 57:1-11

Reference: Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. (Psalm 57:8 NIV)

Explore: I’m assuming we’ve all been there. Your lack of sleep has caught up with you and as you sit in a warm room trying to concentrate on a meeting/ sermon/ conversation your eyes get heavy and your brain gets foggy.

You try hard to concentrate, but really all you want to do is curl up in a ball and give way to that persistent desire to sleep.

But you must stay awake and so you force your eyes wide open, you move around in your chair and start drinking fluid. You try anything to wake yourself from the impending slumber.

I love my sleep and I hate feeling sleepy, but sometimes life just gets busy!

Application: Sometimes it is not our eyes that need to be awoken but our spirits. There’s always a level of laziness lurking in the background, eating off our fears and justifying its presence.

“I’ve had a busy week, I don’t need to spend time with God.” “I’ve had some unexpected expenses, I don’t need to give my tithe.”

Let’s not get sleepy when it comes to our worship. Let’s act upon the words of the Psalm and “awake my soul”, so that we can serve God with passion and diligence.

Prayer: Lord, forgive us when our laziness justifies our tardiness. May we push through the barrier of spiritual sleepiness and dedicate ourselves to serving You. Amen.

Which area of your spiritual life is getting sleepy?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.