Prayer for Rest

Father God, thank You for loving me. Thank You that although I may only think of You when I’m awake, You think of me all the time! Thank You! And thank You for guarding me while I sleep. No doubt you keep me from all sorts of things I’m unaware of, so thank You.

Also, thank You for the incredible blessings all around me. Let me not forget I can watch a sunset almost any day, feel the breeze when I’m outside, and listen to the birds. Thank You that when I hear children’s laughter I’m somehow filled with joy. I become so accustomed to these things I sometimes forget to enjoy them, so please cause me to find more pleasure in the things You’ve given freely.

Daddy God, I want to rest in You right now. I don’t want to labor or toil in Your presence, I just want to rest. Would You hold me and give me a sense of Your peace and presence? Would You cause me to relax in Your arms? I don’t really know how to, but You do, so please teach me what I don’t know. I have a deep longing to be held and loved by You.

Let me feel safe when I’m with You. Change me when on occasion I think You’re going to act like some of the mean and vindictive people I’ve known. Change my view of You so it is right and not skewed. I need You. And I don’t always view You as I ought, but I want to. So would You do in me what I can’t do myself? Or, show me what is right so I can change. But either way, today I just want to rest in Your arms.

While I’m here in this safe place with You, I give You the burdens I bear. You’re able to manage them better than I so I’d like You to have all of them. You’ve equipped me with a good brain but sometimes I’m just overwhelmed with all I have to do, all required of me, all my responsibilities … so I give them to you. And in return, give them back to me ordered. Made right. Not dominating me, but rather me dominating them in an appropriate way. Enable me to do what is mine to do. And what is not mine to handle, give me a willingness to let go. I need Your wisdom, discernment and empowerment. Give me grace to give everything to You so You can oversee me — and my responsibilities. Cause me to become willing to do what it is You’d like for me to do with these responsibilities, and to be nice about it.

Grant that I make the time and have the patience to sit here a few moments with You to enjoy Your company. Refresh me as I rest with You. Breathe Your life into me.

I really, really need You Lord God. I cannot do this life without You. Grant that I have the patience to sit here a few moments to enjoy Your company. Please refresh me as I rest with You and breathe Your life into me.

As I go about my day, let me see that You’ve refreshed me. Let me notice the difference because I spent time with You.

I ask these things in the name of Your Son, Father. Amen.


How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Ps139:17-18 NLT

He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. Psalm 91:4 Holman

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. Psalm 27:4-5 NASB

The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. Psalm 121: 5 NLT

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Be kind and compassionate to one another. Ephesians 4:32a NIV

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. Matthew 11:29 NLT

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philemon 1:3 NIV

You will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use My name. John 16:23b NLT

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