Father, I am worn out, fed-up, ticked-off and totally exhausted. I confess I have tried everything to succeed at this Christian walk. I have followed all the counsel my colleagues have given; I have been to dozens of conferences; read hundreds of books; bought hundreds of tapes. I have tried, and tried and tried, and now I feel at the total end of myself.
Thank you for bringing me to the complete end of my own ideas and efforts. Thank you, Lord, for letting me walk right into burnout. You really do know what you are doing and you really are a God of love. Now, my Lord, please help me to understand the concept of resting. Please make Matt. 11:28 far more clear to me. Teach me and coach me regarding rest in your spirit, and allowing your spirit to lead, guide and direct me in every thought, action and reaction. Help me to relax in your power and strength. Help me, Lord, to compelety allow your spirit to build holiness, righteousness and character into me.
Father, the world and even the church has its methods, techniques, steps, formulas, and recipes for success. Help me to move beyond that kind of “religion” into true New Covenant living – resting in your spirit. Help me to crucify my human nature that wants to be the hero and raise my hands in the air and shout, “I did it!” Grant me ever deepening humility and surrender to your spirit so I can rest and shout, “Jesus did it!”
Father Matt. 11:28 is a great key for me to understand better. Please reveal more of this wonderful truth to me, Lord. Thank you, Lord, thank you. Now, help me to give you every worry and frustration right now, and walk away to a far more carefree day. I love you, Jesus.
Praying the Scriptures . . .
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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt. 11:28-30 NIV)
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken (Psa. 62:1-2 NIV)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust. (Psa. 91:1-2 NIV)
What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. (Ecc. 2:22-23 NIV)