But then inspiration hits.
A story idea, a recipe you want to try, the perfect Facebook status, a to-do item for tomorrow, a few lines of song, someone you need to contact, the inspiration for a photograph...it hits just as sleep comes to claim you.
And you have to write it down or else you'll forget it.
Isn't it interesting that sometimes our brightest insights come whenever we're doing something else?
"The LORD will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night--a prayer to the God of my life." - Psalm 42:8
"I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night." - Psalm 16:7
David was in constant touch with the Lord. From the Psalms it sounds as if he kept his ear out night and day, in the fields and on his bed, so that he could catch God's tiniest whispers on the wind.
I've always tried to ignore these, concentrating harder on the prayer. And that's a good thing--we need to stay focused and persevere in prayer. But at the same time, maybe these fleeting thoughts are not from us, but from God.
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis calls the process of prayer "dressing up as Christ." He says that when you're doing this "it is extremely likely that you will see at once some way in which at that very moment the pretence could be made less of a pretence and more of a reality...you may realise that, instead of saying your prayers, you ought to be downstairs writing a letter, or helping your wife to wash-up. Well, go and do it."
Don't hesitate to shake the sleep out of your head and scribble down those late-night epiphanies, or stop your prayer for a moment to take note of sudden ideas. Who knows what you might discover....