by Jodie Frye

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
– Matthew 11:28-30 MSG –

Father,

We are all prone to wandering, at times full-speed ahead and some-times far, far behind.
Lord, we need You.

We over-commit, over-achieve, and over-extend ourselves – all with good intention.
Lord, we are empty.

We stress-out, burn-out, and hide-out – all for fear of being found-out.
Lord, we are restless.

We fake-it and make-it, somehow.
Lord, we are hungry.

We value being seen through the tap of a heart rather than the treasures hiding in all that is unseen.
Lord, we are weary.

We choose comfort over connection.
Lord, we are lonely.

We elevate perfection over progress, doing over being, impression over impact.
Lord, we are sorry.

We know there’s a better way. So we come. Teach us, we pray.

What our hearts really long for is real rest. Not just one day a week, though we honor the Sabbath, but one sacred day after another, in rhythm with grace.

The undeserved, always-available, gift of slowing, stilling, and savoring – just as we are. Wherever we are.

It is here that we lay down our heavy burdens and awaken to freedom.
It is here that we hear Your still small voice, singing over us.
It is here that we lower ourselves, and our guards.
It is here that our sinking becomes our saving.
It is here that we receive, fill, and overflow.

Because at the foot of the Cross, it is finished!

And we remember…
Your way is not ours.
Your way is not in the storm, the quake, or the fire.
Your way is in the whisper.

So we confess our hustling, our striving, our comparing, criticizing, and complaining, our worrying and our forgetting. And yes, we know, our battle is not against flesh and blood.

Tune our hearts to the invitation of grace. Restore us, in our work and in our wait.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness.”
– Psalm 23:1-3 –

For His name’s sake,

Amen

 

Reference verses:
Genesis 2:2; Exodus 20:8-11; Psalm 131:2; Psalm 139; Isaiah 30:15; John 19:28-30; 1 Kings 19:11-12

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