The world in which we live is full of all forms of evil. Since the time man fell, the powers of darkness have infiltrated the whole creation. ‘
What are the secrets of midnight prayer? Do I need to pray at midnight? What if I don’t pray at midnight, does it affect me in any way? All these and many similar questions are most likely going through your mind which has led you to this write-up to satisfy your quest for truth.
We have tried to examine what the secret of midnight prayer is in light of the scripture and also in our contemporary time.
To start with, prayer has a lot of benefits for those who engage in it. Jesus, the express image of the Godhead bodily, taught His disciples to pray and also led a life of prayer, teaching us that as long as we are in the flesh, prayer is inevitable to our survival.
We can pray at all times and anywhere as God is omnipresent. Ps 139:7 – ‘Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?’ However, because we are quite busy during the day with making ends meet, we are left with praying at night time, especially at midnight when we would be able to pray wholeheartedly without being distracted as most people will be sleeping at this time.
Furthermore, believers in the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament and even in our time, have experienced the mighty hand of God at midnight. We can, therefore, infer that praying at midnight wields great power.
Without further ado, what are the secrets of midnight prayers?
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What Happens at Midnight in the Spiritual Realm
At midnight, most people are obeying the laws of nature by sleeping at that time. However, we are not only inhabitants of a physical world, but also of a spiritual world as well. Although most men shut down physically at midnight, the same cannot be said concerning the spiritual realm.
Unlike the physical realm where the daytime is the busiest, the spiritual realm, on the other hand, has the nighttime as the busiest most especially, midnight. Thus, as we find out the secret of midnight prayer, we are going to consider what happens at midnight in the spiritual realm lest the devil takes advantage of us.
#1. It is a time when judgment is executed
At midnight, judgment is executed and passed against people.
God was going to execute judgment on the land of Egypt and its gods. He told Moses that ‘…about midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt…and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt…and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment.’ – [Exodus 11:4;12:12] Thus, the midnight in the spiritual realm is a time when judgment is being executed.
#2. Attacks of several sorts are carried out on people
The midnight hour in the spiritual realm is a time when attacks are carried out on people. It could be on their health, jobs, families, business, and so on. The devil and his cohorts know that most people will be asleep during this time and is also when they are most vulnerable to his attacks. He will therefore work during this time through people, to launch an attack on people.
As a result, people begin to experience all sorts of nightmares and oppression by the devil in their dreams including sexual harassment, eating in the dream, etc.
When David fled from the face of Absalom who was going to rob him of his kingdom, Ahitophel, who was once David’s counselor counseled Absalom to launch an attack on David and his men in the night. – ‘…let me now choose out twelve thousand men…and pursue after David this night, and I will come upon him while he is weary and weakhanded…’ [2Sam. 17:1-2]. This is the time the devil uses to exploit the weakness of people.
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#3. God fights our battles for us
Furthermore, what happens at midnight in the spiritual realm is that it is a time when God fights our battles for us.
Now, do not get me wrong. God can fight our battles for us at any time but because the devil is waging war against us at midnight, God will fight for His own too at this time.
Paul and Silas had been beaten, thrown into the inner prison, and had their feet held fast in the stocks for casting an evil spirit out of a damsel. Instead of being in despair, ‘…at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God..’ who caused the foundations of the prison to be shaken, all the doors to be opened and everyone’s bands to be loosed.
Thus, when we choose to pray and praise God at midnight, like Paul and Silas, God will fight our battles for us.
#4. Transactions of different sorts occur
In addition to what happens at midnight in the spiritual realm is that transactions involving people’s lives and destinies take place.
To illustrate this, consider the story of the two harlots who came to Solomon to be judged. The living child of one was exchanged for the dead child of the other at midnight. 1Kings 3:20 – ‘And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.’ Here we see a representation of what happens at midnight in the spiritual realm.
The enemy always wants to take advantage of the night to take what belongs to us or exchange the good meant for us, for evil.
#5. Planting of evil seeds in people’s lives
Midnight is the time evil powers take advantage of in sowing evil in the lives of people.
The Lord Jesus gave an illustration of a man who had sown wheat in his field but while he slept at night, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. ‘But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.’ – [Matthew 13:25KJV].
This is a representation of what happens at midnight in the spiritual realm. People’s efforts during the day become thwarted at midnight by the enemy of their souls. ‘The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…’ – [John 10:10KJV]
Therefore, considering the above-mentioned points, the secret of midnight prayer, according to the scripture is:
1. It is a time to avert judgment on us and place judgment on the enemy.
2. Midnight is a time to stop every attack of the enemy against us and our loved ones.
3. Praying at midnight helps us to engage the power of God in a fight against the enemy of our souls.
4. One of the secrets of midnight prayer also includes hindering the transactions of evil ones and thwarting the operations of the enemy.
5. Midnight prayer is a time to stop the enemy from sowing evil into our lives and uprooting every evil seed or plant from bearing fruit.
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More Points On The Secret of Midnight Prayer
Here are some more reasons why you should pray at midnight.
#1. We Can Receive Divine Revelation, Impartation, And Instruction From God
Praying at midnight can cause us to receive clearly from God about our lives, families, the next step to take, and so on.
God appeared to Solomon in the night and blessed him with wisdom. He also appeared to Jacob in the night and promised to never leave him until He had fulfilled everything He had said concerning him.
Samuel, as a little child, hosted the presence of God and received instruction regarding Eli and the nation of Israel in the night.
When you take advantage of this hour to pray, you can also receive instructions and guidance from God. ‘For God speaketh once, yea, twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed. Then He openeth the ears of men…’ [Job 33:15-16aKJV]
#2. It Is A Time To Pray And Intercede
The midnight hour is an effective time to intercede on behalf of other people.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, ‘…which of you shall have a friend and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend…and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not…I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.'[Luke 11:6-8KJV]
At midnight when you approach the throne of grace to intercede on behalf of others, you can be sure to receive whatever it is you are asking God to do for them.
‘For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.’ [Luke 11:10KJV]