“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.” – Psalm 119:62
Of the many snarling pitfalls quietly swallowing the blessings of 21st century believers, just one stands out as the most destructive:
Blessing-swallowing pitfall #1:
You spend the whole night sleeping. Instead of waking up at the midnight hour for spiritual exercises…
… under the erroneous impression that you need 8 hours of sleep in one stretch…
But did you know that the 8-hour sleep is a modern-day invention?
As unnatural as this may sound to you…
… there is a growing body of evidence from both science and history supporting the idea that the midnight hour is when you can tackle the ugliest problems now holding you back.
Like people in ages past you do this while fully awake at the midnight hour.
And I’m not the one saying this.
What you are about to read is culled from a post on the BBC website by Stephanie Hegarty.
She quotes extensively from conversations she had with two world famous academics –
- one a professor of Neurology at Oxford University and the other a cultural historian who published a groundbreaking research on sleep a few years ago.
Science and History to the Rescue…
[Stephanie’s article begins here]
We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you.
A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.
In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.
Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists.
In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.
His book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, unearths more than 500 references to a segmented sleeping pattern – in diaries, court records, medical books and literature, from Homer’s Odyssey to an anthropological account of modern tribes in Nigeria.
Much like the experience of Wehr’s subjects, these references describe a first sleep which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep.
“It’s not just the number of references – it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge,” Ekirch says.
During this waking period people were quite active. They often got up, went to the toilet or smoked tobacco and some even visited neighbours.
Most people stayed in bed, read, wrote and often prayed. Countless prayer manuals from the late 15th Century offered special prayers for the hours in between sleeps…
Notice the last paragraph (in bold) above?
Please note that the researchers in this piece may NOT even be Christians. One of them is a famous historian. The other is a celebrated neuroscientist.
Their ideas are based on scientific and historical facts.
Yet their findings support my clarion call to prayers at the midnight hour… something I’ve been writing about online for the past 7 years.
Up until the 17th century people used to wake up around midnight to pray and meditate on the Word of God.
You see, ignorance is killing the modern man!
This is astonishing, spiritual suicide…
When you read the full report, you’ll find that these professors don’t pull any punches.
In painstaking detail, they fearlessly suggest there might be a linkage between sleep, dreams, stress and depression.
A very close linkage.
With evidence like this all around us, no one has any excuse NOT to wake up and pray.
In fact, you may be committing spiritual suicide if you chose NOT to actively engage your prayer engines at the midnight hour in this year of Power Shift.
The Bible gives us a HUGE hint in Proverbs 6:10-11:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest”—
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man.
In a recent post on the blog entitled, Having Trouble with Midnight Prayers? I urged you to train yourself to wake up and call upon the LORD at the midnight hour…
… if you are serious about seeing the manifestation of divine promises in your life anytime soon.
I got a ton of responses in the comments section. They were shockingly revealing, to say the least.
Hundreds of believers wrote in to say they could not wake up to pray at that hour … simply because their body is not used to it.
But as research above shows, your body system will adjust to it if you keep it up for about four weeks.
Here’s the thing…
Quite apart from drawing you closer to God like nothing else could… midnight prayer performs extra duty if you pour your heart into it.
Want a blissful marriage?
Or divine healing for yourself or your loved ones?
The time to do it is the midnight hour.
Are you interested in finally breaking the vicious grip of debt and poverty from your life?
Then the midnight hour is yours for the taking…
Or are you interested in raising godly children and leaving an inheritance of divine favour and prosperity for them?
Then midnight prayer is NOT an option…
It should by now be standard in your spiritual arsenal.
Seema provides us with a real-life example of someone who is applying the secrets of midnight prayer effectively… all the way from India.
“The LORD JESUS is using me mightily to rescue my family & relatives and save their lives & souls. Every midnight hour I pray in tongues filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit with presence of the LORD ALMIGHTY. There is prophetic word every midnight hour for my family, relatives and also other individuals. Lives & souls are being saved.
LORD JESUS has empowered me through your ministry. Last year I completed my Prayer Academy, with lots of hurdles, but the power of the LORD was upon us to save us from every affliction.
Sir, your ministry has really, really enabled me, empowered and built my spiritual muscles to achieve the impossible. It’s not only that I have been delivered, healed and redeemed but now the LORD JESUS is using me to deliver, heal and redeem others (my family and relatives) right now…
Praise the LORD.”
- Seema Chougule, Pune, India
Now if you are currently sleeping the whole night through, then please LISTEN UP.
It is time to URGENTLY arise and break the cycle now (before something really bad happens because you wasted the hour of power without realizing what you’re missing).
Those with access to the 24-hour blog should immediately log in now to read the full post. It is entitled: 001 Case Study – Week 21
You will find a late-breaking Prayer Alert PLUS a set of 7 astonishing prayers to take down the blood-thirsty goliaths that operate at the midnight hour.
Be An Overcomer!
PS: Next Prayer Academy (New Members Only): Starts 25th
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