A Prayer for Rest

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Augustine of Hippo

Recently a friend of mine shared how she has such a difficult time slowing down long enough to rest. She feels like she rarely sits still and when she does, she is either on her phone or tablet or reading a book. Her admission to this concern opened up a great conversation between the two of us about the need for rest.

I think the older I get, the more I understand the importance of true stillness. I’m a lot like my friend in some ways, but I’ve made a few changes since last fall when I began to understand how much I needed to develop a little more margin in my schedule.

One of the ways I’ve found to make more room for rest is to pray for it. (If you’ve been around here long, you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) Today I’m sharing A Prayer for Rest. If you’re one who has a hard time slowing down, then know that God can give you those moments of grace in order to take that necessary breather.

A Prayer for Rest

Dear Father,

This world seems to move faster and faster
And I’m trying to keep up.
But God, in the whirlwind,
Instead, I get caught up.
Like an unbeatable force, it pulls me in
But I know eventually, I cannot win.
I must learn to rest in your perfect peace
And though good, let all endeavors cease.
Oh that my feet would mimic your pace.
So your joy would be set on my face.
Help me, Jesus, to slow down when you would.
Help me, Lord, to rest as I should.
Thank you for loving me just as I am;
Thank you that rest is part of your plan.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


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  1. I so badly want to win a good bible,a journal,a devotional…something. I certainly can’t buy it for myself. We have a disabled(paraplegic) son who we care for 24-7.Nobody is working,and hubby is also disabled,so we have literally NO MONEY. I would love to go to a women’s retreat,a conference,anywhere I can have ME time. The only ME time I get now is when I run to check the mail,or stop by the store for 10 min. Your blogs/emails (along with a few other Godly women) are what keeps me trekking on. It gets me through every second,of every day. Please keep me apprised of any more contests. Like I said,I don’t leave the house for work,school,church,etc. Just for 5-10 min. for quick errands. God bless you for what you do.

  2. I am using a prayer app. I forget who and what to pray for and become overwhelmed. A prayer journal keeps things organized for me.

  3. I’ve used a prayer journal once before….it helped me to get closer to God as well as see the progress I made as I looked back through it. The change in my prayers was so awesome to see! I went from sad and selfish to praying with authority and being selfless. This would deffinetly be a prize!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful prayer and what looks like a beautiful prayer journal! Journaling is such a great way to organize thoughts and intentions.

  5. I need to be more organized in prayer lists because I forget a lot and am easily distracted. (Adhd) So that would be how I would use a journal such as this.

  6. I am not real good at being steady with a journal but when I do I like to keep up with prayer request from family and friends . I like to write praises of blessings and prayers answered

  7. I’ve never actually used a prayer journal before, but definitely sounds like something I’d be interested in .

  8. I would love to win this prayer journal. I’ve never actually used one so this would be a great way to start doing so!!

  9. Jeanie Acker says:

    Love this prayer journal. What a wonderful way to have a deeper relationship with God.

  10. Deborah Tilling says:

    what a beautiful prize, I would love to win this as it would help me with learning to pray.
    I have only recently welcomed Jesus Christ into my life and, finding it difficult to find a way of praying, I believe a prayer journal would help me immensely in seeing the benefits of praying and learning how. At this early stage I’m at praying doesn’t come naturally although with time and with the help of a prayer journal I know it will eventually feel so natural to do so.
    Thank you for offering such a helpful and beautiful prize, I’m sure whoever wins this will treasure it forever, as I know I would.

  11. I journal at least a little most mornings, and other times throughout the day. Sometimes it may be one line, other times a few pages. Sometimes more formal; sometimes very loose. Whatever comes to mind. I love to look back and relive those days and what God has been doing.

  12. What a beautiful prayer Rachel! Yes, as I get older I crave rest but not so much just sleep but that stillness that you enter into and spend time in communion with God. Thank you for the prayer and for the giveaway. Hope your Easter was wonderful!

    1. I love your prayers! I look forward to them each day. I have started a prayer journal. It helps me focus my thoughts and I look back and see where God has answered and where I need to continue to pray. Or even to change how I pray in that circumstance. I would love this

  13. elizabeth says:

    I love a prayer journal for keeping focus during quiet times and reminding myself of the Lord’s faithfulness, how He hears when we call

  14. I would like to stat a prayer journal and winning this would be awesome!

  15. To record my prayers, other people’s requests, answers, God talking to me, messages from sermons, shows, direction, scripture that is speaking to me. It’s been a while since I have used a prayer journal. This is a good idea again, it will keep me on topic, and enable me to see more answers, and prompt me to pray more faithfully!

  16. I used to have a prayer journal where I would just write down the needs from our prayer chain and pray for them every day. As the prayers were answered, I’d say a prayer of thanks, and then cross them off the list.

  17. thank you for sharing this book! it is what ive been looking for!

  18. Marci Leitch says:

    I don’t have a prayer journal. This would be very helpful.

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