I don’t usually “do” the evening prayers. I’m a morning kind of guy. But once in a while, when I remember, I like to pray the Compline Hour. This week’s Compline prayer that Mark put on our website is wonderful:
“Lord may we sense you even in our sleeping as your presence surrounds us like the night; light in the darkness, illumine our souls and draw us ever closer to you and to those with whom we live and journey. Amen.”
It reminds me that even in sleep, God is awake and active. His grace and purposes in our lives continue even through we lay helpless on our beds. I fall asleep in his grace and by his grace I will awake and be able to pray the Morning Hour:
“Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I might not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.”
What a way to live — from grace to grace! I hope I become more and more natural at this.