Prayer: Grant, almighty God, that we, as your redeemed people, would not harden our hearts and stop up our ears as we hear your Word today. Grant, we pray thee that we would not be like those who left Egypt, brought out by your mighty hand, who saw your works and heard your voice yet rebelled against you by not trusting you and died in the wilderness. We know our frame, and we know that we are prone to disbelief. We know that your Word is a light to our path, but we often fail to use it as we should. Instead of listening to your Word, we argue with it. Instead of heeding everything it says, we, like sheep, go our own way and suffer the consequences of our actions. Please forgive us, Father. Please cause us to be doers of your Word and not mere hearers, thus deceiving ourselves.
We thank you for giving us the Lord’s Day, knowing that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. We thank you that this day reminds us of the eternal rest secured and guaranteed by the work of your Son and our Savior. On this day, we are reminded of that eternal rest from sin, spiritual warfare, temptation to sin, anxiety and worry, suffering and sorry, pain, misery, and death, and all those things that entered your creation due to sin. Please help us recall our Savior’s words, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Grant, we pray thee that we would draw comfort from these words and find our hope in Jesus Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.
Scripture Mediation: Heb. 3:7-19; Jas. 1:22-25; Isa. 53:6; Mk. 2:27-28; Matt. 11:28-30