Do you trust that God has your best in mind by commanding you to rest? How can you practice trusting in God’s plan and provision?
How consistently have you engaged in worship with other believers at church? How can you and your family commit to consistently engage in worship services?
Have any spiritual practices in your life gotten out of sync with God’s heart (extra rules that you have placed on yourself, things you do to be seen, commands you ignore, etc.)? Be specific and seek counsel on how to balance these things.
What do you do to rest, relax, or recharge?
Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath, teach me to love as freely and beautifully as You did. Release me from the death-grip of lifeless religion, and help me to live my life for You, moment to moment. Guide me to live in obedience to Your Word, remembering Your commands and counsel. Always lead me to love You and others more. Give me wisdom and humility to follow You out of love and not for the praise of others.
Lord, grant me rest. Lead me away from distraction and busyness. Teach me to live wholly dependent on Your grace. Help me to rest in You and Your work, free from self-focused work, pride, greed, and self-justification.
Give me a love for Your Church and a commitment to Your people. Use the believers around me to encourage my soul and stir my heart for communal worship. Use me to serve, encourage, and build up the body of believers around me.
In all things teach me to submit to Your leading. Spirit, remind me of Your promised provision, stamp out the judgmental spirit of self-justification, free me from self-centered striving, and empower me to love. Amen.
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