Four sure-fire ways to stay awake throughout church night vigils

It really breaks my heart to see people go for church vigils, and end up falling asleep. I mean, is it not better to sleep on your bed, than to go church, suffer yourself unnecessarily, and then sleep in church, while your bed remains empty? You don’t get to pray, yet you don’t get to sleep comfortably. Talk about losing both ways.

When you see someone geared up for vigil, and during praise and worship or the first one or two prayer points, that person is bouncing up and down round the hall, shouting on top of his voice, etc., know that this one no go last. In the next 20 minutes, his eyes will begin to expire.

Why is that? It is because there is a skill to staying awake all night during vigils. It has nothing to do with how holy or unholy you are, or how long you slept or didn’t sleep during day. During vigils, it is a different ball game. There always seems to be a demon of sleep prowling around, and I am going to give you strategies to conquer this demon. These strategies work. This is not an OR circuit, it is an AND circuit. It means you must implement all the strategies to get the benefit.

1. Kopiko or any other coffee sweet is your friend. This is very important. You must bring enough kopiko for yourself and the people sitting beside you. When you open the pack, ask your seat neighbours if they want. They will most likely say yes, as people don’t really are very open and down to earth during vigils. Whether they accept or not, at least, they will know you are ready for serious business, and don’t intend to sleep. And if they know what is good for them, they will not sleep too. If your eyes are threatening to close, just slip kopiko into your mouth. If your head or hands are going limp, slip in the kopiko. Any sign the demon is coming near you, slip in the kopiko. The idea is that by the time the vigil is coming to an end, you must be high on kopiko.

2. Come armed. Not with charms or guns to kill the sleep demon. In your bag, pack sweets, water, Fanta, and other sugary drinks. Don’t pack eba or pounded yam o. In any case, the goal is not to consume all these things you came armed with. It is actually the fact that the knowledge that you have something in your bag to keep you awake, will actually keep you awake. Don’t ask me how, but it works. I guess it’s a mind thing. If you feel your eyes getting closed sometimes, you can just take a gulp of water from your ammunition, every 30 minutes.

3. When praying, don’t stand on a spot. Standing on a spot when praying will make you feel relaxed, and let the tiredness descend on you. Before you know it, you will be sleeping and standing at the same time, and people will think you have entered the spiritual realm, not knowing you are in dreamland.

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When praying, the tactic is to map a straight line route for yourself, and walk to and fro along that path like a pendulum bob. Don’t rush the walk, or else you will wear yourself out, and don’t walk too slowly too, like you are counting your steps. You are there to pray, not to avoid sleeping. They are two different things.

4. Never sit down. If you didn’t do number 1, 2, and 3, you must do this. This singular point is why people succeed or fail when it comes to sleeping at vigils. The only time you should sit down during vigil is if the pastor is giving a sermon, and by that time, I expect that you are high on kopiko. If you are sitting and standing, you think you are saving your strength, but the truth is that you are giving your knees more work to do, and giving yourself a faster chanced to be tired. Don’t sit down when a scripture to back up a prayer point is being explained. Don’t sit down when a prayer point is being read. Don’t sit down when someone wants to pass in your front. I don’t care if the vigil lasts 3 hours or 6 hours. Whatever you do, never sit down. I know it sounds harsh, but the problems that chased you to vigil in the first place too are also harsh and not smiling, and remember you have your bed to embrace all day, so delay the gratification. If you sit down, you will be tempted to sit for 10 seconds more, and another 10 seconds, and another…. Before you know it, you will deceive yourself into believing you can pray effectively while sitting, and then what happens, BAM! the sleep demon wraps itself round you. What do we have here? Another one bites the dust.

So here are fail-safe ways to keep yourself awake during prayer vigils. That problem that gave you the idea that you should leave your comfortable bed, and go to church all night must die o. You cannot let sleep deny you your breakthrough, lol.

Try all these four pointe, and you will be an expert night vigil-kipper in church. If you are lucky, you will even receive an award for it, by becoming the head of your department in church.

30 comments

  1. LOL @person jumping up and down for the first 20mins..

    Mehn coffee does nada to preventing sleep for me oh!

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    1. They are very common. As per coffee, try red bull or power horse. Drink 6 cans lol. Your eyes will open for the next 24 hours.

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  2. Lol what works for me is my mindset...if my mindset is off no matter my armour at hand i dose mehn.
    But i totally agree with arming myself..works well.
    No o, i dont like standing..i get tired easily.

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    1. Sometimes, the mind is willing, but the body is weak. Its at times like this that you must use these tactic, lol

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  3. LOL And why do I think a certain vigil night inspired this post?

    My only way of doing anything all night is to sleep well prior

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    1. Mehn, you are in the spirit, not like the man in the picture o. I was worshipping in vigil, when I looked around and just excused myself to one corner, and borrowed some rough sheets in my HOD's house to draft this post. 10 minutes later, I joined the prayer again. Post was completed. You can guess what I had seen that inspired the post.

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  4. LOL!! at "this one no go last". Hey OR and AND circuit, not heard that in a while.
    That sleep demon is so real because even if I go to the vigil straight from my bed I'd still sleep.

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    1. Are you a digital electronics gal too? You berra not let the demon win.

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  5. Lol... I think No 1 and 2 works for me. 'But wetin be kopiko sef? I never see that sweet before o...' For No. 4, i have a feeling u had evil plans for me when you recommended that! you wan destroy the waist wey i never start to use...?

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    1. You never see kopiko before ....it's a coffee sweet

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    2. @Avictomama: The only way you would be pardoned for not knowing Kopiko is if you have never lived in Lagos. That number 4 is the most effective tactic of all o. Trust me.

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    3. I was about to ask what is kopiko.....I lived in Lagos for a very looooongg time and I don't know it o!..ahahahahaha @ e no go last.

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    4. Ehmm, your kids should know it. Ask them.

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  6. Lmao!!! That sleep thing is real o. I am the 20 minutes jumping up and down person o! So much energy then halfway through preaching...zzzzzzzzzz. I can't shout. Haven't been to a vigil in a minute but the next time I attend one, I shall print copies of your tips and hand them out alongside my kopiko.

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    1. Are you serious. You are supposed to preserve energy to last you all the night, not to expend it in d first few minutes, cos the body's tendency is to rest at night.

      Anyway, print this manual o, it will be useful to you. lol.

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  7. Serious loling... I can help but laugh seriously about "coming armed". It's true, na serious battle. lol
    God bless you Atilola :)

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    1. Its a battle, and must be wise to come as soldiers, not civilians, lol.

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  8. Lol...I'll try these tips first....*fingers crossed* i hope it works:)
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    1. Trust me, they do. Remember that you must use all of them together in order to see it work.

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  9. I am very conversant with tactic 1-3....and I think tactic 4 is true because during prayers if I sit, I feel sleepy

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    1. Anyone that is a prayer person knows that you can't stand on a spot during warfare. You have to walk along a path. In fact, that's how to know the people that understand the tactics of praying.

      Don't let the lack of number 4 spoil your good work o, lol.

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    2. I do stand. When tired, I knee. When tired again, I sit. Moving distracts me.

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    3. And you don't get tired standing and kneeling?

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  10. Lol. I think the logic behind sleeping during night vigil is that at least you are sleeping at church and not the comfort of your bed. The sacrifice should count for something abi?

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    1. Which kain sacrifice? Lol. You came to church to sleep? Mehn, I will rather sleep on my bed. How can I lose the comfort and lose my breakthrough on top? And the people that sleep when they are casting out demons... I hail o. God will not allow us leave church in a worse state than we came.

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  11. LOOOL.....Jesus teach me how to pray! Amen

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    1. Amen. Just ask. It's no biggie, lol.

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  12. Thanks so very much for the tips because I end up falling asleep each time I go for vigils - I'm fine for the first four hours, but, after four hours, I start to feel sleepy

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  13. Too funny!!! Going for a vigil this Friday, will be sure to stock up on kopiko! LOL

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