Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.
If you’ve ever thought that God is not aware of your pains and frustrations, your fear or crying during sleepless nights, please take the time to read Franklin Graham’s account of what occurred during his recent trip to Myanmar.
Whatever You Are Going Through—
A few weeks ago I traveled to Myanmar, a nation once known as Burma. We’ll be holding a Crusade there at the end of next year, and I met with pastors and members of the Crusade committee. This is a country that has been under military dictatorship for the last 50 years or so, and churches have been under severe restrictions.
Things are beginning to change now, and we are thankful that churches are gaining some freedom. People are hopeful. As you can imagine, there is a lot of planning and groundwork that needs to be done far in advance of the Crusade, and we would appreciate your prayers. This is the first time the churches in this area have cooperated for an evangelistic effort like this, and we are asking God to work in a mighty way.
Myanmar is a Buddhist country, and it has one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world, the Shwedagon (or Golden) Pagoda. Thousands upon thousands of people go there to pray to the lifeless statues of Buddha. As I witnessed this in person, I thought of the story in the book of Daniel where King Belshazzar and the people “praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone.” Almighty God responded with handwriting on the wall, and Daniel was called to interpret the writing. He delivered God’s judgment upon King Belshazzar for worshiping gods “which do not see or hear or know” (Daniel 5:23, NKJV) and for failing to honor the God who gave them breath.
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Many of us are struggling with so much these days. Health problems. Financial troubles. Maybe the need of a job or a place to live. Perhaps our children are not living as they ought to be. Or it may be that we have no idea where our next meal will come from.
I hope you will be blessed by this devotional that I wrote for the anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. This particular devotional was included in the section titled Prayers of Supplication.
When I’m overwhelmed by cares . . .
I will relieve your shoulder of its burden;
I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.
—Psalm 81:6 NLT
When the cares of my heart are many,
thy consolations cheer my soul.
—Psalm 94:19 RSV
Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you.
The LORD lifts the burdens of those bent beneath their loads.
—Psalm 146:8 NLT
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is
always thinking about you and watching everything
that concerns you.
—1 Peter 5:7 TLB
. . . I will pray.
From my window, I see children playing in the yard next door, soaking up the warm air and bright sunshine. I still remember those carefree childhood days, filled with simple pleasures—but that seems so far away now. Instead I feel as though I’m buried under a flood of cares: bills to pay, personality conflicts at work, family disagreements.
My life seems to be buried under an avalanche of responsibilities to be met and problems to be solved. My cares cover me like a cloak, blocking the sunshine from my dreary heart.
Help me lift my head, Lord. Fill me up with Your Spirit. Help me to throw off my cloak of sadness and let in the sunshine of Your love.
As an act of faith, I close my eyes and reach out to You—the Giver and Sustainer of life. I release my cares to You, one by one, piling them high at Your feet. The disappointment at work, the unexpected car repair, my aching joints, and on and on and on . . . until every burden is transferred from my shoulders to Yours.
Thank You for being my Burden-Bearer.
Tell God all that is in your heart,
as one unloads one’s heart,
its pleasures and pains, to a dear friend.
Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you.
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]
Here’s a fabulous promise from the Word that means a lot to me lately:
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. —Matthew 11:28-29
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Rest. It’s something we all long for but often can’t find. But what exactly is rest?
Let’s start by defining what rest is not:
And this is only a partial list!
And here’s what rest is:
relief (from worries and troubles)
mental or spiritual calm
take a break
We’ll continue this discussion next week but let me ask you an important question, Beloved: