“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place and there prayed.” Mark 1:35
Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night with a burden for your child or someone else who is struggling? If so you probably found it impossible to go back to sleep. I have learned to get up and open God’s Words and pray for the person or thing I might be burdened about until God releases me. Most of the time I found this occurring between three o’clock to six o’clock – or the fourth watch.
When we pray we may never know what was going on in someone’s life or their circumstances at the time we were praying. Other times we may hear later that the person may have been in danger or experiencing some struggle at that very hour. Next time, if you awaken in the wee hours of the night with a burden… pray. Jesus often arose early in the morning to pray. The disciples who were fishermen were generally up fishing at the beginning of the fourth watch. In Matthew, Jesus walked on the water at the fourth watch.
Your prayer may just save a life or cause a hedge of protection to surround someone in danger. Jesus was our example as He taught us to pray.