“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Finding Rest!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will focus on the subject of finding rest. While just about everyone I know would like to find rest, it seems that our search most often takes us everywhere except to the One who can give us the rest we need most. Even, and perhaps especially, on a holiday weekend many of us find so much activity to involve ourselves in that the rest we could have had never really happens. From the beginning of time, God set forth both the command and example that calls us to rest. And when you think the burdens of life are too great for you to be able to rest, Jesus promises to take those burdens upon Himself so that you can find rest in Him. As you pray this week, ask God to help you make, and take, time on a regular basis to rest. Pray that you would be able to identify the burdens that keep you from rest so that you can take them to Jesus. Pray that your times of rest would help you to grow in your relationship with God and your dependence on Him. Pray for a spirit of unity among brothers and sisters in Christ as we grow in our love for one another. Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you find true and lasting rest in Him.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Finding Secure Rest. Pray for the courage to live with an awareness of the Lord’s presence before you at all times. Pray for an attitude of rejoicing that will help your body rest securely because of God’s presence. “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” Psalm 16:8-9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Finding Undisturbed Rest. Pray that you would draw near to God as part of His people so that He would lead you to live in peaceful places because of His presence. Pray that your sense of security would come from God so that you would find a place for undisturbed rest in Him. “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18 (NIV)
Wednesday: Finding Soul Rest. Pray that you would walk in partnership with God so that His gentleness and humility would teach you to find rest. Pray that you would always allow God to carry your burden with you so you would find rest for your soul. “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.” Matthew 11:29 (NIV)
Thursday: Finding Quiet Rest. Pray that you would recognize your need for quiet times of rest in the midst of a busy life. Pray that you would learn the value and practice of finding quiet places to rest. “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” Mark 6:31 (NIV)
Friday: Finding Sabbath Rest. Pray that you would grow in your understanding and practice of God’s command and example of rest. Pray that you would understand God’s desire for you to have a regular time of rest. “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV)
Saturday: Finding Hearts at Rest. Pray that you would pay close attention to being truthful in the way you love people with actions that match your words. Pray that the way you love others would cause your heart to be at rest. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.” 1 John 3:18-19 (NIV)