+ I Will Give You Rest +
Father, thank you for your rest. Thank you for setting apart rest for our weary, heavy-laden souls. Thank you for opening the door to your heart, where we may enter in and rest in you. Father, how desperate we are for your rest. The world is overwhelming with tasks and expectations and needs and competition and opportunities. Who can navigate this life apart from abiding in your Son Jesus and flowing in the life healing river of your Holy Spirit? We receive your anointing to discover rest for our souls and walk in your light.
Father, you rest. You model for us as our heavenly Father and Master that we need to rest. We need to take time to enjoy you. When the Sun of Righteousness rises with healing in his wings in Malachi 4, you describe the fruit as playful calfs let out of the gate to romp and roll in green grass with joy and pure innocence. That picture is our rest in you. Thank you for showing us clearly in your Word that you take great delight in resting together with your sons and daughters, and that the sabbath rest of your children brings you greater glory.
Father, we want to be like trees planted along the riverbank bearing fruit each season. We don’t want our leaves to wither, we don’t want our fruit to fail. We labor in prayer and fasting for fruit that remains. We want to prosper in all that we do, because we were made to worship, we were made to praise your name and proclaim the praises of the Holy One who rescued us out from darkness and delivered us into your heavenly kingdom of glorious light. We love you, Jesus! Yes, Lord! We rest in you. Let our roots draw from your Word and Spirit that we may remain in the vine and bear fruit; medicine for the nations to taste and come home to your heart.
Father, we appreciate so much your patience with us. The fruit of the Holy Spirit includes patience. You invite us to do everything for your greater glory, no matter what we put our hands to do each day. You tell us to be slow to anger and abundant in love. You teach us to crucify our record sheet of others’ wrongs. So, we choose to obey you today. All records of wrongs in this generation, all bridges burned, all relationships broken, all family members divided into separate camps, we bring these broken things under the government and authority of Jesus Christ, our King of kings, our Lord of lords, our Master Messiah, amen.
Father, we want to see you. It’s why we long for you. It’s why we have this thirst and hunger when we stay out in the harvest fields too long away from home; we can only last a little while apart from you before we burn out and lose hope. That’s why you have created and blessed rest. It’s not laziness. It’s not sin. It’s not failure. It’s not disobedience. Paul says in Hebrews 4, “So, there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into Yahweh’s rest have rested from their labors, just as our Father did after creating the world. So, let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey our Father, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.”
So, Lord, we beg you to teach us to rest. As we work, as we labor, as we live, as we knock and seek and search and reach, let it be swimming in the river of your Holy Spirit resting in your green pastures and quiet waters enjoying communion with you and all the angels and saints filling up to overflowing in the love and power and fire of your Spirit until the overflow of your heart flows through us to the nations, and they see your great glory and decide to cast down their crowns, throw down their nets, and follow Jesus. We rest in you now, Lord. Thank you for giving us the good and perfect spiritual gift of heavenly kingdom rest in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Matthew 11:28-30 > Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and “you will find rest for your souls.” For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Genesis 2:2-3 > On the seventh day, Yahweh had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And Yahweh blessed the seventh day and set that day apart for rest, because he rested from all his work of creation.
Psalm 1:1-3 > Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or sin with sinners, or mock with mockers. But they delight in the law of Yahweh, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Isaiah 26:1-10 > In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: “Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of Yahweh’s salvation. Open the gates to all who are righteous; all the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in Father Yahweh always, for the LORD our God is the Eternal Rock. He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings arrogance down to the dust. The poor and oppressed trample arrogance underfoot, and the needy walk all over it. But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are Yahweh: you do what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of us. Father, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name in all the earth. In the night I search for you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.
Luke 18:39-43 > “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at the blind beggar. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the blind beggar be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God too.