A Prayer for Sojourning with and Resting in the Lord
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
Dear heavenly Father, the promise of your presence with us, and the gift of rest for us, is “spot on,” timely, never redundant, and ever precious. Like the children of Israel traveling from Egypt to the Promised Land, we too are on a journey between the resurrection and the return of Christ. Thank you for the promise of being with us in every season and step of our sojourn, and for being our Rest, giving us rest—both now and ultimately.
Some of us are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, and we have fresh heart wounds and empty chairs at our tables. Father, hold us tightly. Thank you for not cringing at our questions or despising our tears. How long will it take to grieve well? When will it not hurt with such breath-taking force? Grant us grace for the whole process.
Some of us are walking through different types of transitions, and we feel vulnerable, fearful, and excited, all at the same time. Keep us from looking back, and fantasizing and idolizing the past. Free us from looking around, and envying other people and other situations. Keep us from looking within ourselves, as though we’ll find our competency and comfort there. Keep us looking up—into your face of grace and your heart of mercy.
Some of us are walking in difficult relationships, and we need wisdom, strength and hope. Father, help us to remember that our children are really your children—gifts from you to us—whether they are walking with you or not. Help us to love them as unto you, not as a means of saving face, reducing our fears, or redeeming our past.
Father, help us to deepen our relationship with our ultimate Spouse—Jesus, that we might walk the rest of this journey with our earthly spouses in kindness, forgiveness and encouragement—even when that’s not reciprocated.
Lastly, help us walk with our friends, in the next season of life, treasuring the moments, sharing our weaknesses, and growing in grace.
Father, thank you for never leaving us. Thank you for the rest we already have in the gospel, and for the consummate rest we will enjoy in the new heaven and new earth. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ bold and beautiful name.