George Young was a carpenter and pastor who spent most of his life in small farming communities. He did not make much money in either profession, but finally was able to build a house. Not long after, he and his wife were holding meetings in another town when someone set their home on fire and burnt it to ashes. It is surmised that the experience led to Young writing the hymn,
Some through the waters, some through the flood
Some through the fire, but all through the blood.
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song
In the night season and all the day long.
Nicodemus, the ruler of the Pharisee who possessed great intellectual knowledge, went to Jesus by night so that he could have eternal life. God is still saving men and women in the night. Friend, what do you want to occur in your ministry? Are you willing to bring it into existence in the night?
A quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sums it well:
The heights of great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they while their companions slept
Were toiling upwards in the night.2
Friend, if you want more anointing, then toil in the night. If you more power, then toil in the night. If you want breakthroughs, then toil in the night. It is not Buddha who will answer you because his bones are in the grave. It is not Confucius who will answer because he is buried and gone. It is neither Peter nor Abraham who will answer you. When you toil in prayer you will be heard because the one who hears is Jehovah, He is called Elohim, El Shaddai, Strong and Mighty, He is the Lion tamer. He is JESUS and over the sea, air and land, He keeps the night watch for you and me.