We are usually confused between physical weakness and spiritual weakness.
The body needs to be cared for——–good food, exercise and good sleep. The spirit has to be nurtured too. Very often the daily grind gets to us and we are too tired to think of anything else besides a good night’s sleep at the end of the day. Sleep does not come easily, and we toss and turn. We have forgotten to pray before getting into bed. We have not thanked God for all that he has done for us during the day. And this is what we say:
“I’m too tired to pray
Said one, as the over-taxed strength gave way
The one conscious thought by my mind possessed
Is, oh, could I just drop it all and rest.
“Will God forgive me, do you suppose
If I go right to sleep as a baby goes
Without an asking if I may
Without ever trying to pray ?
Will God forgive you ? why think, dear heart,
When language to you was an unknown art,
Did a mother deny you needed rest,
Or refuse to pillow your head on her breast ?
Did she let you want when you could not ask ?
Did she set her child an unequal task ?
Or, did she cradle you in her arms,
and then guard your slumber against alarms ?
Ah, how quick was her mother-love to see
The unconscious yearnings of infancy
When you have grown too tired to pray
When over-wrought nature has quite given way
Then just drop it all, and give up to rest,
As you used o do on your mother’s breast
He knows all about it—He knows
So just go to sleep as a baby goes
Without even asking if you may
God knows when His child is too tired to pray
He judges not solely by uttered prayer
He knows when the yearnings of love are there
You have given your life your life up to Him to keep
THEN DO NOT BE AFRAID TO GO RIGHT TO SLEEP…