Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Remember the little prayer that you heard as a child? “Now I lay me down to sleep, Pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take, Amen”. What a comforting prayer for a little child. But what about this prayer for an adult? What goes through the mind of a lost person when they are all alone? All the friends have gone home, the hooting, screaming, and all the activities have died down, and the partying is over. Now what? I remember when I was like that. Often I would wonder, what if I died tonight in my sleep? What if the house caught on fire and I didn’t make it out? What if someone broke in and killed me. The people I hung out with were not the nicest people, and as far as that goes, neither was I. What if one of them were drunk or high and came to get even for something I said or did? Where was I going after that?
That simple little prayer can haunt an unsaved person. Also, that little prayer is not a salvation prayer. It never asks for forgiveness of sin. It never shows repentance for sin. It’s a great children’s prayer before the age of accountability. However, for an adult, we need to acknowledge we are sinners and ask God to save, and forgive us. To come into our heart and dwell in us. Then when we lie down, we can sleep in sweet restful confidence that God is watching over us. Then no matter what happens in the night, we are kept secure in the Lord.
Saved folks might need to change the prayer a little to say: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I know the Lord my soul doth keep. If I should die before I wake, I know the Lord my soul will take. AMEN!” What peace to know we are kept secure in the Lord.
Where does your security lie?
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