Christianity Letters from Home Military

Watches of the Night

By on January 10, 2018

(Used by permission from Moody Publishers. Originally published in the book, Faith Deployed Again by Jocelyn Green, Rosie Williams, contributing author, used with permission.)

Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin.  Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.
Lamentations 2:19

Although fatigue can be overwhelming, not being able to fall asleep is a common problem.  If deployment is involved, the result is often a gut wrenching fear that stops sleep dead in its tracks.  The problems of the day are often magnified as night descends.

Years ago, when my husband was in Viet Nam, I was terrified that he would not come home.  One fearful thought after another tumbled into my mind as I tossed and turned trying to find peaceful rest.  One sleepless night, I got up and opened my Bible to Psalm 91:5-7 “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”  Years later, I realized that over the centuries, this Psalm has been known as the Soldier’s Prayer (or Psalm), but that night it was new to me and a personal affirmation that God was with me and my husband.

In Psalm 6, David finds himself faint-hearted, ill, and anguished within.  David was overcome with attacks from his enemies, and all night long he was worn out, but couldn’t sleep because of his sorrow and weeping.  He cried out to God in prayer.  Psalm 6:8-9 says “Away from me, all who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping.  The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”

You too can be assured that God will hear your cry for help.  If you find yourself in the middle of a long sleepless night, it may be a “wake up call” or an opportunity to pour out your heart to Him about the things that are troubling you.   Once you have experienced reading a special verse of reassurance or having a quiet time of prayer, perhaps the next time you can’t sleep, you may even have a keen sense of anticipation as you approach this uninterrupted time with God.    Psalm 94:19 says”When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”   God has a consolation, or word of comfort, for each anxious thought that threatens to steal your sleep.  “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared” (Proverbs 3:24-26).


Are you experiencing anxious thoughts that make it difficult to sleep?
Can you think of times in your past where God has provided comfort that has relieved your mind?


Dear Lord, you have promised that I can cast my care upon you, because you care for me.  Please give me a sense of your presence with me as I pour out my heart to you today.  Help me to find rest in you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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    February 5, 2016

    I love this, Rosie! It’s a real comfort, and such beautiful guidance. Thank you for sharing it 🙂


Rosie J Williams

Hello! I'm Rosie. I'm an author, a blogger and I live in Topeka, KS. A few things I love: My Nam Vet husband Steve. We like to travel and go pickin’ for stuff for my antique booth and the old barn Steve is restoring. I love my 5 grandchildren more than words can express! I love the Word of God and the personal relationship found there.

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