By Bo Prosser, CBF Ministries Coordinator
Making time for Sabbath is not something that most of us practice. We are so obsessed with achieving that we rarely take time to just be still. Sabbath is a time to rest in the arms of God. Sabbath is a time to reflect on the presence of God. We tend to live in an ongoing tension between our yearning for Sabbath and our insecurity that drives us to be active.
Scripture is filled with the admonition to rest! Exodus 23:12, Exodus 31:15, Psalm 37:7, Isaiah 14:7 to name a few. Jesus talked about rest (Matthew 11:28-29) and was constantly withdrawing from the crowds to recharge (Luke 5:16). Sabbath time reminds us that it is God who has made us, provides for us and sustains us. Jesus modeled pulling away to be still and know God for us.
Next, pray for yourself and for one of the names in the prayer calendar below. Ask God for your own provision and sustenance and for the same blessings to be bestowed on the person you are praying for.
Finally, just rest in the presence of God. You might fall asleep or your mind might wander. Pray as you can, resting in God’s gift of Sabbath time.
This prayer practice was originally featured in the February/March fellowship! magazine. Click here to download a PDF of the article and prayer calendar.