Christ's Invitation To The Weary, Rushed, And Overwhelmed

Quote 1

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
—C.S. Lewis

Prayer 1

“Bright Morning Star, you came into this dark, crooked world to redeem sinners You love. Merciful Savior, when we consider the way you welcomed lepers and outcasts into your presence, we find the courage through grace to come to You. Lord, we confess that we have often trusted other things to satisfy our thirsty souls. But only the Living Water you offer opens up streams of joy within. We praise you Jesus, Water of Life without price, for in your name alone there is abundant life. This very hour, set us free from every entanglement that keeps us from your invitation to ‘Come’. Receive us, Lord Jesus, into your presence that brings fullness of joy.”

Quote 2

“A yoke is a work instrument. Thus when Jesus offers a yoke he offers what we might think tired workers need least. They need a mattress or a vacation, not a yoke. But Jesus realizes that the most restful gift he can give the tired is a new way to carry life, a fresh way to bear responsibilities…Realism sees that life is a succession of burdens; we cannot get away from them; thus instead of offering escape, Jesus offers equipment.”
—Frederick Bruner

Prayer 2

“Gracious Jesus, you see the unseen cares that we carry. Before a word is on our lips, you are familiar with all our concerns, and you care for us. Savior of the weary, what a relief to know that we don’t have to bear life’s burdens alone. Forgive us for trying to plow our way through life apart from You. Savior of the lowly, teach us how to align all our life with your way and teaching—For your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Spirit of God, your presence in the midst of our problems and worries fills us with peace and guides us forward in hope. Mold us into servants who take notice of others who are heavy laden with burdens. For you, Lord Jesus, lovingly carried our bitter loads all the way to Calvary’s hill.”

Quote 3

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
—Matthew 11:28-30, MSG

Prayer 3

“Jesus, thank you for tenderly pursuing restless hearts. Good Shepherd, like sheep we have all wandered away from the quiet waters of your safe pasture. By your gracious invitation, we come to you to rest and recover true life. O Lord, we confess that we have often wasted our days eating the bread of anxious toil. Giver of Rest, you watch over the humblest of sparrows and each new day you watch over us. Today, we cast our every care onto you, for the cross has shown us how much you care for us. Redeemer, we will never comprehend the price you paid to redeem us from sin’s curse and set our souls at rest. We praise You, Jesus, for in your name alone is there joy, peace, and hope for our weary world.”

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