Prayer For God’s Promised Rest
Pls forgive my past failures to seek and follow you. Please help me to do better today than yesterday. Help me to desire only your will, to cast my cares on you, to trust and fully embrace the trials and challenges that you place before me. Help me to carry my cross, to embrace the yoke that you give me, and to come to your promised place of rest. Help us to become less like Martha and more like Mary sitting at your feet and resting, honoring you and listening to you. Help us to find the the one thing that is worth being concerned about! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
The idea of resting in the Lord is fully developed here: Resting In The Lord
P.S. Related Passages
NLT Matt 11;28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest . 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
This Passage is talking about now, about a refreshing life restoring rest as we walk with Jesus. When we are following him we have the promise of a light burden. We shouldn’t presume this will be easy. It can be very difficult for us to turn from our reliance on our abilities, our money, and our training to trusting in him. If we can not let go of our desire to control things we will be stuck trying to fill in all the gaps.
This next passage also talks about the promised rest. Most commentaries limit this passage to resting after this life, but I’m not so sure that is correct. I’m convinced that God wants us to rest in prayer daily, that we are to sit at his feet and rest in him daily.
Promised Rest for God’s People
NLT Heb 4; 1 God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. 3 For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’ even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. 4 We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” 5 But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest .” 6 So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. 7 So God set another time for entering his rest , and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”
Jesus gives us rest when we come to him and obey him. We are advised to do our best to enter into his rest. We are to come boldly to his throne to receive both grace and mercy as we find correction in his word. The passage warns us not to miss out on God’s promised rest (this rest that has been ready since the word began), and is still ready for us today! Both Moses & Joshua’s follower’s failed to find this rest because the people hardened their hearts and disobeyed God. Then the passage advises us live out our Biblical call (allowing his word to work in and thru us, and to to approach Jesus, to his throne of grace, accepting his mercy and help. I think we have to approach the throne to find this rest. This next passage helps us see how we can allow his word “to work in and thru us”.
NLT Heb 12;25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. 28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire.
First we are told to listen to the One who is speaking to us from Heaven, We had better be listening to the Holy Spirit! Then we are advised to be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. This passage shows us who is speaking to us from Heaven, the Holy Spirit.
So let’s take another look at how are we to enter into this promised rest. We need to follow Mary’s example, first seeking the Kingdom of God.
Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
NLT Luke 10;38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha , you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was trapped in the worldly struggles of this life. She was living like a resident of earth, not a resident of heaven. She was first taking care of the worldly details. Mary had her eyes on heaven, on the spiritual things. Jesus is telling Martha that he wants our eyes on Spiritual things first, that he want our eyes on him.
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