Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


New Year Resolutions: Working from Rest, Not Working to Rest

posted by Mark Herringshaw

New Year: 2010. There’s nothing magical about this 24 hour segment of time. It’s like any day: the earth goes round the sun in exactly the pattern it has for millennia. Yet in our culture we designate this day as our moment among 365 days to “figuratively” stop and restart. It’s customary to make formal statements and plans about what we want to “stop” and what we want to “restart.” We “resolve” to change.

 

Making resolutions is the simple part. The challenge is the work to follow through. As Christians we work, just as God worked to make creative impact in the world. As Christians however, we rest first, then work. Our labor grows out of our Sabbath. We worship on Sunday, our first day of the week, then build our work from our rest. God on the other hand worked first, as Genesis one puts it, for six “days” then he rests on the last day. But humans, God’s highest creation formed on the sixth day, spend their first day of life on earth “resting” with God. They begin with relationship, and communion with God, and their labors for life grow from this, following not leading toward rest.

 

This is an important principle for me as I consider the work ahead of me to complete the resolutions and changes I want see happen this year. Today, on the first day of the year, like the first day of the week, I rest and wait and focus on my relationship with God. There’s work ahead. There is discipline and focus and perseverance and determination ahead. But for now, I rest…

“God, I want to see change in my life. I know that you need to work these changes in my, and that I need to work along with you, in response to you, in order to maximize the effect. But before I work, Lord, I rest. Today on the first day of 2010, I will focus on relationships: with you, with my family, with my friends. I will set aside my work and I will wait. It’s good. In Jesus…”

I’ve written a book about his process of genuine transformation called “The Karma of Jesus.” Explore it and let me know what you think.



  • Your Name

    I am resting,i thank God in my prayers that finally,i am resting my body,my mind,my whole being when i got my own place to stay.I’ve been
    restless until i received God’s blessing,a place i can call my own.I so enjoy every minute that passes by in my small apartment,God is good,all the time.

  • http://www.quicheblog.com Quiche Recipes

    Happy new year!

Previous Posts

Enroll Today in the School of Love
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 1 John 4:16,17 I’m enrolled in the Scho

posted 1:51:04pm Sep. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Taking A Vacation From A Heavy Heart
Need a vacation but have no money or time? Come to Jesus. He promises Peace that passes all comprehension. But it isn't magic. It's provided for followers of His ways. It involves forgiveness – receiving it and giving it freely to all who offend you. This isn't an easy task, but it's a whole lot e

posted 12:36:11pm Sep. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Learning to Pray
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5) Children learn to talk. We too have been learning, talking with God in fits and starts ourselves. We half imagi

posted 10:23:14am Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

The Holy Spirit Prays Through You
  “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26) Prayer is often expressed in words, our words. God values words. Words matter and

posted 9:05:27am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Jesus Prays For You
John 17… The night Jesus was arrested he prayed to the Father for all his followers, including you and me. While we pray to God in Jesus’s name it’s amazingly encouraging to know he prays for us. Today’s prayer – let Jesus pray for you! Find a Bible and John 17. Find a private place

posted 2:29:50pm Sep. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.