1. Sleep considered a blessing:

A. Trust in God to bless you with sleep:

                Psa.3:5    I laid me down & slept; for the Lord sustained me

                Psa.4:8    I will both lay me down in peace, & sleep

                Psa.127:2b             He giveth His beloved sleep

                Eccl.5:12a               The sleep of a labouring man is sweet

                Jer.31:26 I awaked, & beheld; & my sleep was sweet unto me

B. God gives freedom from fear & sweet sleep:

                Psa.91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night

                Pro.3:24  Not be afraid...shalt lie down, & thy sleep be sweet

                Acts 12:6               [Peter able to sleep in prison] bound with two chains

C. The Lord can miraculously give you deep sleep:

                Gen.2:21 The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam

                1Sam.26:12             A deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them

D. Rest in the Lord & sleep through anything:

                Ezk.34:25                Dwell safely in the wilderness, & sleep in the woods

                Mat.8:24 Tempest...ship covered with waves: but He was asleep


2. If you can't sleep, pray:

                Psa.42:8  In the night His song shall be with me, & my prayer

                Psa.63:5,6               When I...meditate on Thee in the night watches

                Isa.26:9a With my soul have I desired Thee in the night

                Lam.2:19 Arise, cry out in the night...pour out thine heart

                (See also Psa.4:4; 119:55.)


3. Some reasons for not being able to sleep:

A. When the Lord wants to speak to you:

                1Sam.3:3-10           Samuel was laid down to sleep...the Lord called

                Job 4:12-17            In the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, a spirit passed before my face...I heard a voice

B. Sometimes God allows it to work out His will:

                Est.6:1-3 On that night could not the king (Ahasuerus) sleep

C. When worried or troubled:

                Psa.77:3,4               Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled

                Eccl.2:23 His days are sorrows...taketh not rest in the night

                Eccl.5:12b              Abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep

                Dan.6:14-18           [King Darius passed the night fasting, unable to sleep]

                (See also Psa.6:6)

D. Because of unusual dreams:

                Dan.2:1   His spirit was troubled, & his sleep brake from him

                Job 7:13,14             Then Thou scarest me with dreams, & visions

E. When God is testing you, as He did Job:

                Job 7:3,4 Wearisome nights are appointed unto me...I am full of tossings to & fro unto the dawning of the day

F. Punishment for disobeying God:

                Deut.28:58,66,67   If thou wilt not observe...thou shalt fear day & night... shalt say, "Would God it were morning"

G. Be considerate of those who are sleeping:

                Pro.27:14                He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising shall be counted a curse to him

                Song 2:7 Stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please


4. Good reasons for missing sleep:

A. To pray desperately:

                1Sam.15:11             It grieved Samuel; & he cried unto the Lord all night

                Lk.6:12    (Jesus) continued all night in prayer to God

                1Thes.3:10             Night & day praying exceedingly (to) see your face

B. To rise early & pray:

                1Sam.1:19               They rose up in the morning early, & worshipped Mk.1:35 Rising up a great while before day...Jesus prayed

                Psa.57:8,9               Awake, psaltery & harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise Thee, O Lord

                Psa.119:147            I prevented (was up before) the dawning of the morning, & cried: I hoped in Thy Word

C. To do your job:

                Gen.31:38-40          [Jacob frequently sacrificed sleep for 20 years because of diligent shepherding]

D. Caution about getting overtired:

                Psa.127:2                It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late...for so He giveth His beloved sleep

                Acts 20:7-9            Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep...fell down


5. When it is not good to sleep:

A. Don't oversleep when you should be working:

                Pro.6:9    How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When arise...?

                Pro.6:10,11             A little sleep, a little slumber...folding of hands: so shall thy poverty come (See also Pro.24:33,34)

                Pro.10:5  He that sleepeth in harvest...son that causeth shame

                Pro.20:13                Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty

                Pro.26:14                As the door turneth upon hinges, so doth the slothful

B. Times to rise & pray:

                Jon.1:4-6                O sleeper...arise, call upon thy God

                Mk.14:37-41           Sleepest thou? Couldst thou not watch one hour? Watch ye & pray, lest ye enter into temptation

                Lk.22:46  Why sleep ye? Rise & pray, lest ye enter temptation

C. When something important needs to be done first:

                Psa.132:3-5            I will not give sleep to mine eyes, until I find

                Pro.6:1-4 Do this now...give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber

D. Oversleeping can be caused by laziness or unconcern for others:

                Pro.19:15                Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep

                Isa.56:10,11            Watchmen are blind...sleeping, loving to slumber

E. Sleep can symbolise spiritual insensitivity:

                Rom.13:11,12         Knowing the it is high time to awake

                Eph.5:14 Awake thou that sleepest...Christ shall give thee light

                1Thes.5:4-8            Let us not sleep...let us watch & be sober


6. Trusting the Lord to awaken you:

A. When you've slept enough & need to rise:

                Isa.50:4   (God) wakeneth (me) morning by hear

                Zech.4:1 And the angel that talked with me...waked me

B. To flee danger:

                Mat.2:13,14            Angel...appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise... flee. He night, & [left with Jesus & Mary]

                Acts 12:4-7            Peter (slept)...angel of the Lord...smote Peter on the side, & raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly

C. To give you something you need:

                1Ki.19:5-7               [Angel woke Elijah up twice to give him food & water]

D. He awakens you after giving you an important message:

                Mat.1:24 Joseph being raised from sleep did as angel had bidden



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