Friday, January 21, 2011

Day Ten (January 21): The Joy of Rest

Tonight at the East Campus, our intercessors will gather @ 7:30 p.m. along with the entire congregation for a time of prayer and praise. Congratulations! You’re at the end of the fast. We will break our fast at the end of tonight’s service. Our time of prayer will focus on a number of corporate needs including the economy and the need for a powerful move of God to hit this region. The pastors will lay hands on you and anoint you with oil, as we claim a fresh anointing from God.

Did this fast show you anything about your spiritual strength? What parts of your life needs a fresh visitation? Could it be that your busyness is prevent you from enjoying God’s best…and the rest He promised you? You have witnessed the benefit of a rich devotional time with the Lord. This means that you should now guard your time like a watch dog so that your Sabbath day is not spent doing everything but resting.

We have been designed by God to need rest. Not just the ceasing of physical labor, but the ceasing of emotional and psychological labor. You cannot keep running a hundred miles a minute and expect to sense the glory of God. Even Jesus forced Himself and His disciples to rest when He said: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31b). He knew that restoration of emotional and spiritual energy comes not only through prayer and fasting, but also through quiet moments of solitude and rest.

What will you do to recharge emotionally? How do you guard your rest? What will you do to protect your Sabbath day?


  1. When the Holy Spirit moves on me with a concern, He stirs and heightens my emotions. I thank God, He has given us emotions. (Jeremiah 13). Sometimes I ask God to collect my tears in a bottle (Psalm 56), or use my tears to wash away the pain. Sometimes I recognize He stirs my emotions to promote righteous action.

    May the Lord continue to massage my heart, that I may see His people through His eyes. I pray that the love with which the Father loved Jesus may be in me. (John 17).

  2. Hello,

    I totally agree with having a day of rest – I often take a mind rest in solitude because it helps me to gather my thoughts and weigh my options. Rest can be guarded by not allowing either people or activities take control but rather spend the time in quietness. The best way I can think of protecting my Sabbath day is to not take any responsibility that will cause me to detract.


  3. I have always treasured moments of rest from time to time but since the fast, I have a deep sense of craving to be in His presence. My emotions have become sensitive to Gods' love for me, which I should have known this, until the Lord led me to this scripture in Psalm 138:8 'He will fulfill his purpose, for me; your love, O Lord endures forever- do not abandon the works of your hands. This scripture tells me rest is important inorder to carry out the will of God for my life. Mental rest is just as important as physical rest. So, I will honor the Holy Sabbath Day with rest so I can be refresh to meet Him on Monday......Renee B


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