Lifestyle of Prayer: Rest


“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus:  Rest

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
Exodus 34:21
“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

Exodus 20:11 (NIV)

This week our prayer emphasis will focus on the subject of rest.  While the details of a Sabbath rest are spelled out in the laws given by God through Moses to the Israelites, God makes it clear that the need for rest is by His design.  Not only did God give instructions for rest, He modeled our need for rest when He rested on the seventh day from all of the work of creation.  This week we will be praying about various aspects of Biblical rest.  As you pray, ask God to help you make, and take, time on a regular basis to rest.  Pray that your times of rest would help you to grow in your relationship with God and your dependence on Him.  Pray for a unity of spirit among believers in general and among your church family in particular.  

“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 spend time praying each day about how you rest.  Pray that you would value rest in a way that honors God.

Sunday: Pray for your church, its staff and leadership, and for all of the preaching and teaching that takes place.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondaySecure Rest.  Pray that a constant acknowledgement of God’s presence would help you to have a secure rest.  “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)

TuesdayUndisturbed Rest.  Pray that you would experience undisturbed rest as you learn to rest in the Lord.  “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”  Isaiah 32:18 (NIV)

WednesdaySoul Rest.   Pray that you would always allow God to carry your burden with you so you would find rest for your soul.  “Come to me, all you 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.”  Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

ThursdayQuiet Rest.  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)

FridaySabbath 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)

SaturdayHearts at Rest.  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)