“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. ” (Romans 13:12)
The night time is always the right time to put on the “armor of light” and wage war against the power of darkness. When we listen to God in prayer and fight the good fight, we are reflecting our status as “children of light.”
The night is also God’s favorite time to reveal His plans. Here are two examples:
- And he (God) brought him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15)
- As Jacob fled Esau, on his first night on the run, God appears to Him in a dream: “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 28)
The night is when God’s protection increases. It’s no coincidence, the children of darkness do their dirty deeds at night. There is good news! God never sleeps sending His angels to our rescue. Two examples among many:
- “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. (Acts 16)
- “That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!” (2 Kings 19:35)
St. Ignatius believed God spoke to him one night revealing a five-step spiritual nighttime routine. He referred to it as the “Daily Examen.”
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.
And remember before you fall asleep, think of Psalm 63:6:
“My soul is satisfied as with the richest of foods; with joyful lips, my mouth will praise You. When I remember You on my bed, I think of You through the watches of the night. For You are my help; I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.…”