Blessed Savior, I am not good at resting in the hollow of your hand. Nothing in my experience has taught me this resting. I have been taught how to take charge. I have been taught how to be in control. But how to rest? No, I have no models, no paradigms for resting.
That is not exactly right. Jesus, when you walked among the Jerusalem crowds and in the Judean hills, you pioneered this way of living. You were always alert and alive. You lived utterly responsive to the will of the Father. Manifold demands were placed upon you, and you still worked in unhurried peace and power.
Help me to walk in your steps. Teach me to see only what you see, to say only what you say, to do only what you do. Help me, Lord, to work resting and to pray resting.
I ask this in your good and strong name. –Amen.*
Reflect and Pray:
- Read through 3 times aloud. What line or phrase is grabbing your attention?
- Attach this prayer to Jesus’ great invitation recorded in Matthew 11:29, “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.” Convert your thoughts and longings into a prayer…
Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home (Harper Collins, 1992), 103.