Peace And Rest

Lord,

I quiet my heart,

still my thoughts,

open my spirit,

and wait,

with no expectation,

no presumption,

just longing to hear your voice,

to sense your presence,

be still in your love,

knowing you’re right here,

always, with me.

Your Spirit fills me,

cleanses my mind,

refreshes my heart,

and a breath escapes,

releasing my cares to you.

I praise you my Prince of Peace,

and I bless you

for inviting me into your rest.

Amen.

My Rest

Lord,

I have everything I need in you.

You sustain my heart,

refresh my soul,

keep me in perfect peace,

as my thoughts alight on you.

You are rest,

and I enter your presence,

grateful for your blood

that has washed away all my sin,

and speaks a better word

over every accusation,

judgement, and condemnation.

You are my refuge

and my tower of strength.

There’s no other place I’d rather be,

I praise you.

Amen.

Rest In Faith

Lord,

you are sovereign over all the universe,

you are closer to me than my breath,

you are mighty and strong,

lovingly, intimately involved in my life,

please now penetrate into every area of my heart,

where unbelief hardens

and the care of this world bring unrest.

Help me to cast all my cares upon you,

remembering your provision, kindness, and goodness

pursuing me and holding onto me,

and choose to believe again and again.

Give me faith,

let me throw off every yoke, distraction, and idol,

and purify my heart

to be wholehearted, single minded

pursuing your will,

obeying you.

Restore my joy and hope,

and let me once again find rest in you alone.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Draw Me Away

Lord,

Draw me away to rest in you,

kiss me with your Word,

revive me with your Spirit,

remind me again that your love is better than wine,

than anything this world has to offer…

for only you can satisfy.

Hide me under your wings,

for your nearness delights and comforts,

your presence is a fragrance

that soothes, restores, and calms.

Still my soul against your heartbeat,

your rhythm of love and melody of grace.

Let me rejoice and be glad in you,

remembering and praising your sweet love,

enjoying you, resting assured

that this is right where I belong.

I love you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

Peace Be Still

Lord,

Arrest me and gently draw my attention

when my mind is frozen in a whirling buzz

and stuck in anxious cycling.

Let your shalom break in

settling and grounding my body, mind, and soul.

Help me to be aware of unhelpful forces within

propelling me in reaction,

where I involve myself in distractions and busyness

you never called me in to.

Break in and deliver me from the root of anxiety within me.

I repent, acknowledging my helplessness before you.

I proclaim it is not my function or my portion,

yet it is all I’ve known,

so by faith I ask Lord for your mercy,

establish your peace that transcends all understanding in its place.

Still my body, heart, and brain to rest and heal.

Let me live guided by your peace,

moving at your pace,

and speak into my heart

your words of mercy, comfort, and life,

that I am accepted, enough, beloved in you.

Help me understand my true function

and your purposes for me,

pour out your Spirit of grace

so I may always turn back to you,

returning to truth, simplicity, stillness, and peace,

and be empowered to do your works by faith,

what you have portioned for my hands to do,

and find contentment

exactly as I am, where I am, wherever you lead,

wholly, fully present for this beautiful life

you have gifted me

that I may know you, know your joy,

and give you thanks and praise

every day, all my days.

Thank you for your power and peace Lord,

you are able.

Amen.

Yours In Rest

Lord of Shabbat,

Teach me your rest,

let me learn from you

who are gentle and humble in heart.

Call me

and let me recognize your voice once more,

to know that I’m your own,

I’m yours,

resting in your presence,

green pastures,

quiet waters,

right paths

that you lead me on,

knowing all is well with my soul

because my Good Shepherd knows,

my Prince of Peace has me.

I lay it all down this Shabbat,

my burdens, my cares I cast upon you,

and as darkness always brings the morning light,

I rest,

knowing your presence is my hope and restoration.

I trust you Lord.

Amen.

Work Rest

Lord,

I praise you for your rest,

rest in your love,

rest in your Word,

rest in your commands,

rest in simple obedience to you,

and a relationship with you.

Let my work be rest

as I give my gifts, talents, and skills

back to you for your glory.

Place me where you would maximize your glory

through my life.

Deliver me from making work an idol,

wrapping my worth into my performance,

shrinking back in fear of failing.

Grant me your vision,

boldness, courage, faith, determination,

discipline, diligence, and persistence

to see your plans and will birthed through my life.

Ready me for your kingdom come.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Upon His Shoulders

Lord of my rest,

I bless you.

I receive your comfort,

healing and refreshing,

depleted and needy

for your Spirit and grace.

Thank you for rest,

break into my frenetic cycles

where my wheels only spin

and I’m more stuck than I know.

Shine your light

on the root of my anxieties,

so I can’t cover it up,

and help me

to cast all my cares on you.

Break through my muteness,

open my mouth,

so my heart can spill forth the cries

pent up behind my futile actions.

When the world weighs heavy on my shoulders,

and surrounding sin and pain grieve me,

I choose to remember you,

my Lord,

Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace,

the government is upon your shoulder.

I praise your Name.

Amen.