Ever since Mercedes was a baby she has had a terrible time sleeping. When she was little she would be up almost all night crying. This would happen almost every night. When she was about ten months old it was about 3 a.m. and she had been crying for several hours, (she was in bed with us because we don't let the girls cry it out). I felt the urge to get up and just start praying. I didn't know what to pray but I just started talking to God. I asked him to help Mercedes and to tell me what to pray to help her. God told me to pray against unrest. I prayed against Satan and the spirit of unrest and immediately Mercedes was sound asleep and she slept the rest of the night only waking up to eat a few times. From that night on I have prayed with her every night before bed. We made it a part of her bedtime routine and she has not had that kind of sleeping trouble since. We have still had rough nights with her because she is a very high strung, high needs girl but there is a difference between the normal hyper nights and the spiritual attack nights. I have learned to tell the difference and when I am not sure I just pray anyway.
She will be two years old the end of July and she is now sleeping through the night and she falls asleep to me rubbing her back after we have read stories and prayed. Prayer is a crucial part of our bedtime routine and I will continue it with her and the rest of the kids for many years to come.
If you are wondering why it took me ten months to start praying about it, that is because I had a lot to learn and I am still learning every day. In the first almost three years of our marriage I have come a long way in learning to be a leader and a father and the head of my family and I still have a lot of learning ahead of me. That is why I started this blog, so hopefully I can share some insight and some ideas so some of you won't have to go through ten months of sleepless nights before you try a little prayer.