Declaration
Dream seeds

Tell yourself the story of Pentecost. If you don't know it or if you are really wide awake, read the story in Acts 2.1-11. Read on to the end of the chapter if you want. It's a great story.

Tell it or read it a second or third time if you need to. The idea is for the story to eclipse whatever is keeping you awake because the story is stronger than that thing or that thought.

Nobody can out-think, out-maneuver, or over-power the Holy Spirit. With the Spirit at your bedside, you can afford to get some sleep.

Don't miss the point in the story--the Spirit does not merely help us survive a crisis but empowers us for a mission. We are not just getting through a tough time. We are getting beyond the problem, out the other side into a whole new life where we bring praise to God because of what his power does through us.

 

That is what the Power Prayer is asking God for. "Make us a signal of the Spirit's power. Let it work. Let it work. Let it work."

Repeat the Power Declaration, adapted for night use, "This is a Pentecost night, and we have power."

Repeat it calmly but stubbornly. This is more true than whatever you are feeling.

If you are musical, turn it into a lullaby and hum it.

 

Note that you are not saying you feel like you have power. You are saying you have it whether you feel it or not. Your "feeling meter" cannot be trusted, especially at night, and especially if you are alone. It can give you false negative readings like a broken Geiger counter telling you there is no radiation in the area even though there is.

You can trust the Declaration because its foundation is the Pentecost event. The Holy Spirit has been poured down from heaven. Until someone figures out how to pour him back up to heaven, he is at work, bringing us power.

If you are awake because of physical weakness or pain, pray for the power of Jesus that healed the sick when he was here in person. That same power is what Jesus' Spirit brings to us today.

 

If you are awake because of some situation that you feel powerless to change or if you are afraid because you do not know how something is going to go tomorrow, make the Declaration. This is not mere positive thinking. It is God's guarantee. There is always a way out or a way through by the power of the Spirit. 1 Cor. 10.13

This site cannot guess all the possible causes for you being awake or give you cures for them all, but the Spirit of God in you knows exactly what they are and what to do about them. If you feel like your prayers are bouncing back at you off the ceiling, remember that the Spirit is below that ceiling. And the Spirit has ears better than your mother.

The Story

Picture the problem situation and see whether you can also picture the Spirit like a dove coming down into it. What does the dove do?

 

If you don't see anything right away, keep picturing it and see whether you can fall asleep. God may send you a picture in a dream

 

Caution: the "Picture" method (especially when awake but even in dreams) runs the risk that you will project your own wishes into the situation. For example, if in your picture, the dove pecks the eyes out of the person who is creating problems for you, you can be pretty sure that idea came from you and not from God.

The pictures or dreams most likely to come from God are the ones that surprise you the most. They are also the ones that will give you a great sense of peace, but not the false "peace" or satisfaction of vengeance. 

If the "Picture" method does not fit with the way you are wired, switch back to the "Declaration" or "Story" methods in the other columns. 

  

Falling asleep while praying or listening to a sermon usually means you failed. Here are a few SYNC exercises where falling asleep is sign of success. Try these when you have trouble sleeping.

Ironically all SYNC "exercises" are more a matter of relaxing than of trying harder. As we SYNC with the Spirit's power that has been available since Pentecost, we quit fighting God and relax into his power. What better time to get good at these relaxing SYNC exercises than the middle of the night?  

Middle of the night

FAQs

How can an "exercise" be more like relaxing than working harder?

Like dancing or running, SYNCing goes wrong if we try too hard. We have to relax while doing SYNC exercises, and they relax us further as we do them.

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