Studies powerfully demonstrate that our sleep, both the quality and quantity, is incredibly important to our health and everyday effectiveness.
I’m further intrigued when the Bible states that “the Lord grants sleep to those he loves,” which would be all of us! (Psalm 127:2).
Here are a few helpful insights by the president of Arrow Leadership, Dr. Steve Brown:
• We are designed by God to require sleep.
• Sleep is a reminder that we are not God. He’s the only one who doesn’t need to sleep (Psalm 121:4; Isaiah 40:28).
• Sleep gives us the opportunity to trust God to watch over all the pieces of our lives. As David wrote in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
To help you with the spiritual side of sleep, here are three questions you can use each night:
What are you thankful for?
Start back at the beginning of your day. Where were you blessed? Look for blessings in the ordinary everyday things and even in difficult moments. Then, thank God. This simple act of thanksgiving can positively change your heart and mind as you get set for rest.
Is forgiveness needed?
Taking guilt, shame, anger or hurt into your sleep will hinder your rest. We can pray with Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Confess to God any offensive ways, and extend His forgiveness to those who have hurt you.
What do you need to entrust to God?
Are you carrying burdens from the day? Are there people or situations you need to entrust to God? Holding onto these burdens will hinder your rest. Pray a simple prayer like, “God, I choose to entrust ________ into your good care this night.”
May you sleep well tonight…