Waking Up at 3am: Does It Have a Biblical Meaning? [Explained]

I have been waking up at 3am for a few weeks now. I’m not sure why it’s happening, but I know that it can be really hard to go back to sleep once you’ve woken up. It seems like every time I wake up this early, God is prompting me to do something important in my life. So far, the things He has prompted me to do have all turned out wonderfully! 

In this post, I will provide some insights regarding the biblical meaning of waking up at 3am.

What is the biblical meaning of waking up at 3am? 

The biblical meaning of waking up at 3am is a sign that you are about to have a spiritual encounter with your creator, and God is about to answer your prayers or reveal something important to you. 

I have learned from experience that when this happens, the most effective way to get back to sleep is to simply pray about whatever it is God wants me to do, or however He wants me to be praying at that time. In other words, if you wake up at 3am and you’re not sure what you should be doing, you should spend some time talking to God about it. He will reveal things to you through your prayers!

What is the significance of praying at 3am?

Praying at 3am is significant because you are in a unique position to be praying specifically for the needs of others. 

I believe that you will receive extra blessings from God if you pray for someone else before you go back to sleep after waking up. The reason for this is simple: you’re putting someone else first, instead of you. When you pray for someone else, you are giving them your time, attention, and energy. You’re investing in them. I think that when you do this, you will receive blessings in return.

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When you wake up at 3am and you don’t have anyone specific to pray for, then you should just pray that you will be able to help or serve others during the day. 

If you’re not sure whether you should wake up at 3am, I would suggest you just trust in God and go with it! If you keep waking up at 3am, perhaps you can start praying for other people before you go back to sleep, or you can start asking God to reveal more important things you should be doing or praying for.

Whatever you do, just trust in God and don’t worry about it too much! He will show you what you need to know when you need to know it. 

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What are the Biblical hours of prayer?

Many people believe that you should never pray outside of the hours of prayer which were set by the Jewish priests. These times are: 3am, 5pm, and 9pm.

However, I don’t think you need to adhere strictly to any specific hour for prayer. 

The only time you should refrain from praying is when you’re specifically told not to pray by God (e.g. you should not pray if you’ve been given a temporary separation from God, you should not pray for 30 days, you shouldn’t pray unless you have faith). 

Otherwise, you can be praying at any time that you want, as long as you are worshipping God for Jesus’ sake.

Remember: Jesus said that you should pray to God at all times. If you stop praying, you are robbing other people of the privilege of hearing your prayers, and you are robbing yourself of good things from God.

How do I stop waking up at 3am?

Just ask God to show you what you need to know and follow these instructions. The more you tell yourself you won’t wake up at 3am, the more you’ll start waking up at that time.

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Should I be worried about waking up at 3am?

Wake up if you’re meant to wake up. Don’t worry too much about it otherwise, you will make your life worse. The most you should do is talk to God when you wake and you can also pray for a few other people you care about.

If you wake up and you believe you’ve been given a message or prophecy from God, you need to either follow this immediately or you need to write it down and plan ahead of time when you will act on it.

What is the spiritual meaning of 3am?

The number three and the hour of three are very important in Biblical symbolism – you will find references to it in many of the Bible’s prophecies and parables.

The Holy Word teaches that everything you experience is pointing you toward your own salvation. you are the architect that built your own prison, so you cannot blame God for you being there – you must look at yourself.

The number three represents the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit in Christianity. Three is also associated with universal love, completion, sacrifice, and the holy trinity. The Bible says “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend”. God sacrificed His Son to save you and you must love yourself enough to do the same.

The number three also represents divine justice or completion – you will never be able to move on unless you forgive yourself.

What should you not do at 3 am?

There are many things that you should not do at 3 am. That is also the time when your judgment is impaired. You are less likely to make sensible decisions when you are tired.

It has become evident that 3 am is the time when people are most likely to make decisions that they will regret in the morning. This is because at 3 am, people are tired, lonely and distressed. They also tend to be vulnerable even though they might not realize it.

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We all have our bad habits. For some people, it’s eating unhealthy food, while for others it’s staying up late at night.

It is important to know what you should not do when you are in bed at 3 am. Here are some things that can seriously disrupt your sleep:

  1. Watching TV– The bedroom should be a place full of rest and relaxation. If you have a TV in your bedroom, it can be tempting to watch TV before bed or when you wake up in the middle of the night. However, this will disrupt your sleep. Television emits blue light that tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime. The artificial light from a screen also suppresses melatonin production which is needed for healthy.
  2. Scrolling through social media feeds on your phone or laptop– As smartphones and laptops have grown more popular, so has the use of social media. The average person spends almost 2 hours on social media per day, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. While the convenience of being able to multitask with one device is convenient, it comes with consequences for our attention span and stress levels.
  3. Reviewing emails in your laptop in bed – I’m sure we’ve all been in the situation when we’re in bed and our laptop is in our lap. Our eyes are aching, and we’re exhausted, but we still have to glance over at the screen to ensure that no emails have come in.


I believe that waking up at 3am is a sign from God to tell you that he wants you to do something important. If you wake up and it’s not clear what you should be doing, there are two things you can do: pray for other people, or ask God for more direction about what He wants you to do or pray for. Remember: you need to be worshipping God in prayer, not using the time for your own agenda.

If you’re praying for someone else, it’s because God wants you to pray for them.

God will not ask more of you than he can give back to you and I believe that when you wake up at 3am, God is giving you a gift in return for your time and obedience! So enjoy it whenever this happens.