Come To Me

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 85 - Matthew 11-28-30 - Come To Me - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 85 – Matthew 11-28-30 – Come To Me – Growing As Disciples

“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.”                                  Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Come To Me

There is nothing I would rather do. There is no place I would rather be. What do you want to do and where would rather be? I want to come to you. I want to rest in your presence. Those are very good desires that you have in you. Why do you have those desires in you? That is a very good question. Do you have a good answer? I have several answers, I hope that they are all good. I’m listening. My desire to come to you, comes from you. I am certain that desire did not originate in me. You love me. You care for me. You drew me to yourself. You have helped me to come to know and love you with all my heart. Loving you is my response to the love you have shown to me. I love you because you first loved me. You have lavished me with your love. How could I not love you back? How could I not want to come to you, to spend time with you, and rest in your presence? That is my first and best answer to why I have these desires in me. That is very good. 

But I have more to say. I am still listening to you. This world is busy. This world is hectic and sometimes even frantic. It is an easy place to become weary and worn out. By my nature, I like to be on the go. I like to be busy. That is not all positive. Why not? You made me to need balance in my life. Being on the go and always trying to stay busy can easily lead to burn out. I have often worked myself ragged. I am frequently in danger of becoming weary and worn out. Spending daily time with you, resting in your presence will bring balance to my life. In your presence, I will be refreshed, revived, and renewed. There is no doubt about that, is there? No, there is not. So, I will make it my daily pattern to come to you, to rest in your presence. That will be very good.

I have even more to say. Go ahead, I am still listening. In your presence, I will be able to learn from you. In your presence, I will hear from you. In your presence, you will teach and train me. In your presence, you will guard and guide the activities of my life. You will keep me from running off in a hundred different directions. You will lead me to where you want me to go. You will give me what you want me to do. You will help me to know and do your will. Then I will not grow weary and become worn out as I love and follow and serve you. No, you will not. I will be with you to help you as you draw near to me. Thank you, Lord. I will keep on coming to you. I will keep resting in your presence. I will keep on learning from you. That will be very good.

Lord, I have been weary and worn out. I have felt like I could not take another step. Carrying heavy burdens has weighed me down. I will come to you. I will rest in your presence. I will learn from you. I will allow you to relieve my weariness and lift my burdens. Amen

Key Question…  How has coming to the Lord and resting in His presence relieved you of weariness?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily practice to rest in the Lord’s presence so He can relieve your weariness and lift your burdens.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will give you rest as you continue to come to rest in His presence.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has relieved your weariness and lifted your burdens.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you come to the Lord and allow Him to give you rest.

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Come To Me All You Who Are Weary And Burdened

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Guidance - Matthew 11:28-30 - Come To Me All You Who Are Weary And Burdened - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Matthew 11:28-30 – Come To Me All You Who Are Weary And Burdened – Growing As Disciples

“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.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Rest In My Presence

Stop. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Give yourself a break. Get some rest. Those are words that I really need to hear. I have been running myself into the ground. I am weary. I am worn out. Taking a break and getting some rest sounds so inviting to me. Then you have heard my invitation. I am calling you to come to me. I will give you rest. I will help you to lay your burdens down. Come to me. Rest in my presence. Let me revive and refresh your life. Let me help you to set your burdens down.

What has the frantic place of your life done for you? How have you benefited from running from one thing to another? Has all your activity born an abundance of fruit for my kingdom? Has your weariness brought glory to my name? Has your life been a bold and bright witness for me? Do others look at your life with great admiration? Do you have what others want? Are others attracted to what you have? No, not hardly. I’m glad that you know that. Why is that?

I know that you hunger to know me. I know that you thirst for an intimate relationship with me. You want what I want. We both want the same thing. I want you to know me. I want you to live fully for me. I want you to hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. Come now and rest in my presence.

I have a completely new and different life for you to live. What kind of life do you have for me? Give up on your pride. Leave your independence. Let me refresh you. Let me revive you. Let me teach you all that I want you to know. Let me mold and shape you into who I want you to be. Humbly come to me. Rely on me. Trust me with your life. Do what I ask of you. Go where I guide you. Live the life that I will give to you. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will be a bold and bright witness for me. Others will be drawn to me through the witness and testimony of your life. Will you come to me now? Will you make it your priority to rest in my presence so that you can hear from me? Will you listen to all that I want to teach you? Will you live the life that I give you to live? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, thank you for calling me to come to rest in your presence. I’m weary and burdened. Life has beaten me up. Refresh my life. Relieve me of my burdens. I’m here now to humbly learn from you. Teach me how to take on your yoke and carry your burden. Amen

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Give You Rest

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 90 - Matthew 11:28-30 - Give You Rest - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 90 – Matthew 11:28-30 – Give You Rest – Growing As Disciples

“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.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Lay Your Burdens Down 

Can you hear me calling you? Yes, I can. Come to me now. You are weary and worn out. Yes, I am. You have been carrying a heavy burden. Yes, I have. Would you like to lay your burden down? Yes, I would. Do you have any idea of what burdens you have been carrying? Do you know their names? I know some of them. Tell me about your burdens. What are their names? I have been carrying the weight of my own sin. I am coming to you to receive my forgiveness and cleansing. I am coming to you to live a new life with you. I’m leaving my old sinful life behind. Yes, that is quite a heavy burden. I carried the burden of your sin to the cross so you could be forgiven and cleansed and have a new relationship with me. How do you feel now that you have set that burden down? I feel set free. I feel fresh and alive. I feel much lighter. Yes, you have been set free. Yes you have been given a fresh start. Yes, you are alive in me. You are no longer weighed down by the weight of your sins. 

What are you doing now? Right now? Yes, right now. I’m sitting here talking to you. I’m here to listening to all that you have to say to me. How do you feel right now? I feel at peace. I feel like my soul is being restored. As I listen to you I feel like I am being healed in your presence. Why do you feel at peace? I feel like I don’t need to figure everything out. I don’t have to know every answer. I don’t have to know every step I will take in life. Why is that? I can rest here in your presence. You will teach me. You will guide me. You will show me my next steps in life. Yes, I will.

So, as you rest here in my presence what burdens are you actually laying down? I’m laying down the burden of trying to figure out all my next steps in life. You will guide my life. Yes, I will. I’m laying down the burden of relying on myself to guide the course of my life. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I need to know and have all the answers to questions in life. I can ask for and receive wisdom from you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of racing through life. I can rest here in your presence. This is a very good place to be. Yes, it is. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I am all alone in life. You are always with me. You will never leave or forsake me. No, I will not. I’m laying down the burden of my future. My future is in your hands now and forever. One day I will come to live forever in heaven. Yes, you will.

At one time I thought it might be a burden to try to please you. I wondered if I would ever be able to please you. I have also laid this burden down. I know that you love me. Yes, I do. I also love you with all my heart and soul and mind. As I come to you I know you and your love. As I come to you I grow more and more in love with you every day. I am living in your love. Yes, you are. Now it is my joy and no burden at all to do what pleases you. It is the desire of my heart to obey, follow and serve you. Yes, it is.

Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. I was weary and carrying a heavy burden. You forgave my sin and cleansed me within. Now, I am being refreshed in my soul as I am being taught by you. Love has made it no burden to obey, follow and serve you. Amen

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Come To Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 97 - Matthew 11:28-30 - Come To Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 97 – Matthew 11:28-30 – Come To Me – Growing As Disciples

“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.”  Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Easy Yoke, Light Burden

Here I am. I have withdrawn from the busyness of life. Yes, I am weary and worn out. I need the rest that only you can give. I need you to revive, refresh and restore my life. But I need and want far more from you. What do you want from me? I will simply say that I want all that you have in mind to give me. I want to receive all that you have for me. Would you like to be more specific? Yes, I would. I want you to mold and shape my life. I want you to change my heart and transform my mind. I want you to guide my life. I want to live the kind of life you lived. I want to follow in your steps. I want to go where you went. I want to do what you did. It sounds to me like you want me to make you to be exactly like me. Is that true? Yes, that is the utmost desire of my heart. That is the goal of my life. That is the pursuit of all my endeavors. I want to become like you. I want to think your thoughts. I want to speak your words. I want to take your actions. You are making a very good request from me.

What must you do if you want to become like me? I must come to you. I must rest and remain in your presence. I must make myself fully available to you. I must seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Then I will come to know and love you. Then you will make me to be like you. I will be changed as I remain in your presence. Yes, you will. What else will you be able to do as you remain in my presence and I make you to be like me? I will be able to carry your easy yoke and light burden Yes, you will. Why will you be able to carry my light yoke and easy burden? I will be able to carry your light yoke and easy burden because doing so will be the desire of my heart. I will doing what I want to do because I will have come to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will be living the life I have always wanted to live. Which is? To do what is good and right and pleasing in your eyes. That is very good.

Lord, I know that your yoke is not easy, and burden is not light if I try to carry it with my own strength. But you will make me more like you as I come daily to rest in your presence. Then you will make your yoke easy and your burden light for me to carry. Amen

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Come To Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Prayer - Matthew 11:28-30 - Come To Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Matthew 11:28-30 – Come To Me – Growing As Disciples

“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.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Rest

I don’t know how I got here. I’m not sure how I arrived at this place. Can you be more a little more specific. You know exactly what I am saying. You know what I don’t even have the words to express. Yes, I do. I’m not asking you to say more so that I will understand. I’m asking you to be more specific so you will understand. Oh, I see. Then, I will say more. I’m weary. I’m worn out. I’m depleted and exhausted. I feel like I can go no further. I can’t take another step. If someone asks anything else of me, I think I’ll scream. Maybe that’s part of the problem. What’s that? You have been saying yes to too many things. You have been running yourself ragged. You have wanted to say yes to doing a thousand different good things. In saying yes to too many things, I have done nothing well. In saying yes to too many things, I have not done the most important things. My life has been random and scattered and unfocused. I have no direction. I have lost purpose. Now, I’ m feeling paralyzed by what has been left undone. That’s a problem. That is a heavy weight. It is easy to see why you are weary and worn out.

What do you want to do differently? What is most important to you? I want my life to be centered on you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to draw near to you as you draw near to me. I would like to receive guidance and direction from you. I would like to receive purpose and meaning and hope from you. I would like my life to have a rhythm and balance that comes from you. What would that rhythm and balance look like? I’m not sure. You don’t need to be sure. Just tell me what is the desire of your heart. I want to rest in you. I want to be refreshed by you. I want to be vibrant and alive in you. I want to be filled with joy that comes from you. I want thankfulness to overflow my life. I want to be energized by you. I want my life to overflow with all that you have given me so that I have boldness and power and vigor and energy in going out in the world to serve you. I want you to empower my life so that I can be effective in accomplishing whatever you ask me to go and do for you. You are on the right track. How so? Your life Is in need of balance. You need to rest in me so that you can be sent out by me. You need to receive power from me so that you can bear fruit for me. Will you come and rest in my presence? Will you allow me to fill you up so that you will have my power working in and through you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Lord, I have allowed myself to become weary. I have allowed myself to function on my own energy and strength. I have been running hard without rest. Help me to come to rest in your presence. Revive, refresh and restore my soul so I can vibrantly serve you. Amen

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