I recently stayed in a motel in Nashville, TN after a week long traveling schedule. I was physically exhausted and looked forward to a good nights rest. As I walked into my room, I placed the “Do Not Disturb” sign on my doorknob and prepared for bed. I crashed around 10:15 after getting a bite to eat at a local restaurant, with the full expectation of getting fully refreshed from rest to complete the final leg of my drive back home.
Then it happened! Around 3:30 a.m. I was awakened with a great burden to pray. The Holy Spirit had not read my sign, and He was having none of it…there was work to be done in prayer and He wasn’t playing around. I spent the rest of the morning laboring in prayer, and seeking the Lord’s will about several things, and praying for many friends.
When I left at 7 a.m., I stopped to look at the sign I placed on the doorknob the night before. This made me ponder–How many times do we place a “Do Not Disturb” sign in areas of our life? How many times do we fail to make ourselves available for the heart wrenching work of prayer?
I was tired and thought I had nothing to offer the Lord. However, He thought differently.
“Lord, forgive me…and remind me that I’ve been bought with a price and should no longer walk independent from your plan and purpose, regardless how tired or needy I may be. Break me in conviction, that I faithfully offer my faculties, talents and gifts to the Holy Spirit for Your work and Your glory! Amen.”