Genesis 2:3 “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
Psalm 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
- From the beginning God exemplified the importance of rest. Ask Jesus to show you areas in your life where you have sacrificed rest for busyness and work. In what ways are you restless, striving, full of anxiety, worry or insecurity? Acknowledge those areas before God.
- Confess any ways in which you have denied yourself rest and receive his forgiveness. To enter God’s rest means to be at peace with God.
- We are invited to “make every effort to enter into His rest” (Hebrews 4:11) no matter our circumstances. Pray about how God is calling you to trust His sovereignty and believe His promises in the midst of the messiness of life so you can enter His rest and know unparalleled peace and joy.
- Ask the Lord to guide you into a lifestyle and rhythm of taking a Sabbath. Rest in Him right now. Be at peace and allow Christ to replenish and rejuvenate you with His presence.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Julianne August, Prayer Catalyst