When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer ~ Psalm 94:19
There are times in my life when I feel so weary that everything is too much. I don’t mean to the point of despair, but just that the everyday walk through life is just a drag. I’m not a social being, an out-there do as much as I can in one day person. Those people make me tired, and a little envious at times wishing that I could be more like them.
But I believe God makes each of us unique and moulds our lives as He has planned.
For many reasons throughout my life I have been a solitary person and I believe that although that is probably not what God intended, He is using it to His advantage for His kingdom. He does want me to be part of a church and socialise with other Christians, and I try very hard to do this, but it is a struggle for me. God’s purpose for my life does require a certain amount of solitary time.
Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew Henry says of this verse : “Those who are ‘weary and heavy-laden’, are the poor in spirit, and they shall find rest with Christ.”
My daily strength is in knowing that God walks with me and goes before me always. I get to know Him more and more each day through reading His Word, even if it is only one verse that has captured my interest and that may apply to where I’m at with life. I have spent a lot of time reading books written by outstanding men and women of God. They inform me and encourage me in my walk with Him. Although this year I am focused on reading not only my Bible, but some Joyce Meyer and a beautiful book on Proverbs by Marilyn Hickey that has gorgeous pictures to colour. Walking with Jesus has changed my life. I know I would not be here now if it was not for God’s intervention in my life.
Recently, through reading one of these books, I learned something in regards to Matthew 11:28-30.
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.
When oxen worked they were usually doubly yoked. A strong or lead ox would take the larger side and the younger, weaker ox the opposite side. As they worked, the weaker ox would plough or track with the stronger ox, which bore the main part of the load.
When we are yoked with Christ, the burden is light because He is pulling the weight and making the way as the strong one. How beautiful is that!
In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus taught us how to pray. But we take this prayer as just that. A prayer. When it is so much more than that.
It is a recipe for HOW to Pray.
Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name ~
First thing to do when we come to God in prayer is to recognize Him for exactly who He is. God. Worthy of praise and honour beyond measure. He sacrificed His only Son for us so that we could be free, forgiven and enter into salvation and eternity with Him. To Hallow, is to Revere. Tell Him He’s wonderful, mighty, amazing, beautiful, and spend time worshipping Him.
Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven ~
Pray that the revelation of His kingdom become real in our hearts and/or those we are praying for, and that His Will be done in our lives. Ask Him to help us get rid of distractions in our lives so that we can focus on what HE wants us to do for the furthering of His Kingdom. How to use our talents and abilities for the spreading of the Gospel. How to give Him our WHOLE heart.
Give us this day our daily bread ~
Pray for needs to be met as far as food and shelter go. But also pray for a desire to read His Word. A passion to delve into scripture and discover for ourselves the promises of God. Pray for revelation and inspiration as we read what will set us free from the bonds that can so easily envelop us.
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us ~
Bring any sin to Him and ask for and believe for forgiveness. Be repentant and ask the Lord to strengthen our resolve to stay clean before Him. Pray for those who have hurt us and that we may still be holding a grudge against. We may not like them or even ever want to associate with them again, but God commands us to forgive. As He forgave us. As Jesus forgave us and those who crucified Him. Unforgiveness only ever ends up hurting the one who holds it in his/her heart.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil ~
Ask God to help us to be able to handle the times of temptation. When those desires that are our most annoying weaknesses come upon us. Pray for His strength and protection from the enemy, who deceives us into thinking it as all right to sin. And pray for God to deliver us from any evil lurking around the corner that may be waiting to assail us. Protection on the journey to and from work, or on holiday. Protection from the flu’ season. Protection from any unforseen financial disasters. And the list goes on.
For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory ~
Recognize that it is Him, God, that we receive our life from, and that ultimately it is Him that we will answer to when we stand before Him one day and that it is His Kingdom we strive for, His power we will see working in our lives and that all is done for one purpose only . . .
His Glory! . . . Amen!