Advertisement

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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

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.

Advertisement

 

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…”

Advertisement

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

A Prayer to Learn to Pray Without Distraction
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2) If you are like me, you struggle with staying focused when you pray. The answer is simply this:  keep the thanks flowing! As we lift up the people in our ...

posted 2:25:46pm Jul. 31, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Grace and Peace
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.   (1 Corinthians 1:3) Seventeen times in Scripture, the writers of the epistles bless their readers with these two virtues:  Grace and Peace. When we look at the deeper ...

posted 10:14:35am Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for an Obedient Heart
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your ...

posted 12:56:59pm Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Grow Old Gracefully, Fruitfully, and Strong
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;     they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you ...

posted 1:47:16pm Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Hospitality
And everyone who has given up houses...for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Mark 19:29) Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. (1 Peter 4:9) "Anyone who ...

posted 3:11:45pm Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

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

All reported content is logged for investigation.