“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalm 46:10)
To rest also means to “be still."
Someone once said that the Holy Spirit is like a pigeon - it will hover around while you are sitting still, but it will fly off if you move too quickly or make a loud noise. We can’t hear His voice when we are tired, and we can’t hear His voice when we are functioning in chaos. Our lives would be transformed if we took more time to “be still” and to rest in God more often. We would be focussed on God and His will. We would be more at peace, knowing and trusting that we are walking in His presence. We would be more focussed on the needs of others. Being still takes practice! We have become so busy and so performance driven, we have lost the ability to be still and rest in God.
I attended a Women’s Camp one weekend, and the focus of that entire weekend was to learn to be still! One of the skills we learned that weekend is called the “breath prayer”: - Before you form your “breath prayer”, you need to spend some quiet time with God. - Just be comfortable and allow yourself to drift into a place a rest - Become receptive for what you are about to hear - Allow your deepest thoughts to surface and write it down - Rework your thoughts into a sentence that flows easily and rhythmically on your breath.
A short sentence is easier and works better. - Examples could be: Lord, help me to remember that I am loved by You. Or Father, give me courage to face this …….fear - Breathe this prayer during the day, whenever you feel anxious or while you are driving and waiting in line. - Allow this prayer to take you back to a place of rest, right there in that moment wherever you are. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” - Matthew 11:28–30 The Lord is inviting us into a place of rest. He doesn’t want us to feel harassed and burdened. He wants to exchange our heavy burdens for a yoke that’s easy to bear.
Reflection 1. Create your own breath prayer. 2. What burdens are you carrying? Identify your burdens and pray about them. Give them to Jesus in exchange for rest for your soul. Prayer Father, we come to You with burdened hearts and weary souls. We want to replace our heavy burdens with Your yoke, Lord, and exchange the baggage that we are carrying for rest. Please teach us, Lord, so that we can also find rest for our souls.