It was one of those rare afternoon sleep that I so much needed. I was really deep into sleep. My daughter came in to wake me up; “Dad, buy doll for me.” I guess she had just seen a beautiful doll on the TV Cartoon. I tried rebuking her for interrupting my sleep. I later realized it was important to her, even if it seemed unimportant to me at that time. Few days later, her request was granted. I bought her a beautiful doll!

Friend, make your requests known to God. Sometimes, what seems unimportant to God may be important to you. The same God who cares about souls perishing, also cares about your soul; your happiness (Matthew 6:30). I have always reasoned that what is important to me is important to God, provided it’s not sinful or unrighteous.

Whatever would bring joy to me would always catch God’s attention (1 Timothy 6:17). Tell God your needs (Philippians 4:6-7). Don’t assume you are disturbing Him. He is not asleep. He is not too busy to attend to you. Unlike me, God neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalms 121:4). He is fully awake attending to the things that concerns your destiny and the kingdom.

Knowing how to balance fulfilling divine purpose and having your basic needs met is one of the marks of growth and maturity (Psalms 35:27). Some people carry the issue of purpose and the kingdom so seriously that they forget to live fully and freely. While others are so carried away with mundane things that they lose sight of purpose and eternity.

You must know how to make the switch between being a servant of God and being a son of God per time. As servants of God, we serve God’s purpose and interest on earth (Acts 13:36). As sons of God, we enjoy His fatherhood (Galatians 4:6). Operating as a servant of God while forgetting your sonship with Him is another definition of slavery.

My daughter knew she has the right to interrupt my sleep. She came with boldness (Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 4:16). I also know my responsibilities towards her. God is loving and responsible. Your requests are not a disturbance to Him, neither are they a threat to His resources (Ephesians 3:20). They are part of what fulfils Him as a Father. Give God the chance to take care of you. Make your requests known to Him.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria