The Most Difficult Command

The following prayer was part of some Bible study material when I was co-leading a class with Pastor Bruick during my DCE practicum at St. John in Seward, NE. Every time I stumble upon it again, I love it even more. 🙂

“Lord, this kind of command ought to be the easiest to obey. Yet so often I find it the most difficult. You told us to rest because we desperately need to. Lord, forgive me for my worrying, striving, manipulating, and scheming–as though everything somehow depended on me. Sin really is hard work, Lord. Taking things into my own hands has wearied me more than I can say. I look to You now as the One who restores my soul. I look to You as the One who said, “Come unto me, all you that are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”. That’s what I want to do today, Lord. I want to be like Mary, who sat quietly at Your feet… gazing into Your face, hanging on Your every word. The needs around her were pressing, too, but You told her she had made he best choice. I want to make the best choice, too. And so today, Lord, I will listen for Your call and submit to Your tender command. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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