7 Reasons Why Prayer Is Like Sleep

My relationship with God and my relationship with sleep have a lot in common. Don’t get me wrong: that doesn’t mean I sleep when I pray! Nor would I trade prayer for sleep. Truth is: I need them both, and for a lot of the same reasons.

Here are 7 ways that prayer and slumber look surprisingly similar to me:

1. They both connect me with my dreams and desires…

 

2. But without either one, I get real cranky…

 

3. When I am done, I find myself wanting more…

 

4. When I’m stressed, I need a little bit of both in the middle of the day to refocus…

 

5. Sometimes it is a real struggle to settle in, quiet down, and get comfortable…

 

6. Occasionally, they happen in unexpected places…

 

7. I need both to live happily…

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So here’s a good life principle:

SLEEP MORE AND PRAY MORE!!!

P.S. “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.” –Matthew 8:24

 

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