1. Going to Sleep
This is by far one of the things I struggle with the most concerning worship and my quiet time. Staying awake is not easy for me because I spend time with God first thing in the morning, after helping my husband off to work. That works out to be around 6:15 – 6:30 a.m. every day. Which I believe is MAD early, but I know that God is calling me to be disciplined and do it at that time.
So, why is going to sleep during this time bad? Well, worship and prayer opens you up spiritually. The atmosphere changes when you worship and so does your sensitivity to the spirit realm. Now, after having opened yourself up through worship, speaking in tongues, meditation etc… going to sleep makes you vulnerable. (I speak more about vulnerability during sleep and sex demons here.)
Even though worship is a good thing, and a Godly thing, it can be an open door if you don’t close out properly. There should be a sense of closure to your quit time… not just of you falling a sleep. At that point, you are vulnerable and open to anything because falling asleep in worship is a form of neglect and disrespect towards God’s presence anyways. We need to have a particular level of reverence and respect towards God. Falling asleep in the middle of worship is out of the question. Do what you need to do-stand up, walk around, turn on the lights instead of lighting a candle, go to a different room, get out the bed. etc.
Every time I fall asleep during worship, I get demonic dreams, and the potential of sinful seeds being planted inside of me. Why? Simply because I am very open when it comes to worship. I’m very sensitive to the spirit realm, so after I spend an hour opening up my spirit, then fall asleep on God, the enemy tries to do what he’s known to do, steal kill and destroy.
It’s funny because in my dreams, I’m so spiritually alert that I even know what’s right and wrong. I’ll be in the dream walking around rebuking stuff in the name of Jesus and casting out demons and saying “the devil is a liar” but still, it’s annoying to know that I gave the enemy that opportunity to mess with me in the spirit realm because I wasn’t careful. In my dreams, the enemy will try to bring back things from the past that I’ve been delivered from. There’s always a lustful spirit or a spirit of homosexuality during these dreams and even in the dreams I rebuke it, but obviously his intention are to plant that seed again. His intention is to get me to go to sleep and bring me back to my past.
Then when I wake up, I have to spend another 30 minutes to an hour rebuking the dream, repenting to God, and closing out of worship properly. So yes, one of the worst things you can do while worshiping and prayed is falling asleep. It’s no joke.
In Matthew 26 Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake for about an hour and pray. In verses 40-41 it says: “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Falling asleep is falling into that temptation. Falling asleep is opening opportunities to be faced with more temptation. The flesh is week, that is why you have to train it and discipline it to stay awake so that the spirit can go forth in prayer and meditation.
2. Getting up and leaving to do something else
Embarrassingly enough, I’ve had these moments so many times, especially now that I’m married. In the middle of prayer, I’ll get this thought that’ll pop up in my head, and I’ll stop in the middle of my prayer time and act upon the thought because it’ll be something I consider to be minor and quick and then later it turns into something bigger than it is. It’s a distraction! Of course unless you have a baby to attend to, God graces you because you can’t necessarily ignore your child.
For example, I’ll be in the middle of prayer time I’ll think: “oh! you forgot to turn on the dishwasher!” so abruptly and I’ll get in a little battle like “should I do it? should I not? oh, it’ll only take a second.” then when I go down stairs, I not only have to turn on the dishwasher but come to find out, two dishes were added to the sink, which I have to wash then add to the dishwasher and in the midst of doing this activity, I glimpse over at the couch and I see that there are a few clothes that haven’t been folded yet, so after I finish turning on the dishwasher, I go to fold those few little things and then the dryer beeps because the second load just finished and before you know it, hours passed and I totally got distracted from spending time with God.
The enemy will use any little thing he can, try to make it seem very important and crucial at the moment, and distract you from spending time with the Lord. Why? because he knows that the Lord has something good in store for you, he knows that you’ll be made stronger, wiser, and happier…. he doesn’t want that!
When we get up to do something else in the middle of spending time with God, we are rejecting Him and saying that He’s not important enough to have all our focus. We’re saying that we have better and more important things to do with our time. We’re saying that he’s not worth our hour or thirty minutes. That’s what we’re telling God. Next time the enemy starts popping obligations and thoughts in your head in the middle of worship. Say “peace be still” and tell your thoughts to shut up!
3. Leaving before giving God an opportunity to speak
The other day I poured out my heart to God, closed my bible, got up, and was ready to start the day. As I got up, the Lord said “sit down, I’m not done speaking to you.” That struck me and I felt so convicted. So I sat back down and I was quiet. I just sat there and He expressed to me how He does not like how I control our time together and dominate the conversation. He has things that He wants to tell me and I don’t even give Him a chance. Sometimes we just got to learn how to be quiet.
Then, He started speaking to me on some fears I had buried in my heart, and gave me encouragement to trust Him, and wisdom through His word. For the day ahead of me, I needed to hear and receive what He had given me at that moment. I wonder what my day would have been like if I hadn’t… I probably would’ve been down, bitter, and scared. But I went through the day, remembering to trust in God, and not leaning on my own understanding.
4. Focusing and worrying about everything else
Worship and prayer time is not only about the time you set aside to spend with God, but the VALUE of that time. We cant get the most out of our worship experience if we spend the whole time distracted, worried about the things of this world and everything going wrong in our lives. Worship is meant so that you can cast your cares upon the Lord, so that you can be taken to another place, not so that you can stay grounded in your issues.
Some of you swear, just because you “intentionally” took out and hour to put on some worship music and open the bible that you’re worshiping. But the whole time, you were focused on what you needed to get from the grocery store, the test you needed to take the next day, the thing that happened the day before. Challenge yourself to just focus in on God’s beauty, goodness, and loveliness. Love on Him! Bask in His presence.
5. Interrupting your quiet time with social media
I’m VERY GUILTY of this and this is an awkward subject but I definitely want to bring it up. Are you one of those people whose more excited about taking a picture of your secret place than actually entering that secret place? Seriously. The bible says in Psalms 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Are you entering into your prayer time giving thanks to God, worshiping him, or are you entering his courts with Instagram, giving praise and worship to yourself?
I’ve started to feel weird about posting pictures of my secret place because isn’t it meant to be just that, “secret”. I mean, I know that the secret place is not necessarily talking about a physical place, but a spiritual place. But still, the whole world does not need to see where the action goes down and when it’s about to go down. I don’t see Christians posting pictures of their marriage beds and neither do I see them sharing with the world when them and their spouse are about to get intimate. In the same way we don’t need to prove we have a secret place. People should be able to tell by our relationship with God that we do.
Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you”.