Monday, May 22, 2023

My Monday Prayer: Surrendering to God’s Rest

My Monday Prayer: Surrendering to God’s Rest
-Roy Lessin and Marina Bromley


Surrendering to God's Rest
-Roy Lessin

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service (Romans 12:1 ASV).


In order for us to fully surrender we must understand who we are surrendering to. We are not surrendering our lives to a mean tyrant, to an uncaring person, or to a capricious creator. We need to see our surrender as a surrender to perfect love.


The meaning of full surrender is simply stated in the following adapted quote by François Fénelon:
It is simply resting in the love of God, as a little baby rests in its mother’s arms...Surrender consists, not in doing great, heroic deeds about which self can brag, but simply in accepting whatever God sends, and not seeking to change it (unless it is His will for it to be changed)...Full surrender is full peace.

My Monday Prayer
-Marina Bromley

Father, help me to remember that time and time again You have called me to rest in You. It is a place I belong, and surrendering to rest is accomplishing something; whether healing my body, my mind, my emotions, my spirit— by laying my burdens at the cross and climbing up in Your arms to hear Your heart beat. Bring Your Peace that passes all understanding, and teach me to be content in that posture.

Help me to discern the lies of the world that shout for me to accomplish and produce when my heart is hearing You call me to 'be still and know that You are God'. That to rest in You is being obedient to You, and allowing You to work in the deepest places within me. That You show me Your Love when I wait in this place of rest.

In the same way, Lord, help me to respect other's seasons of rest, whether an hour, a day, a expect that You can be working in another person's stillness just as You work in my own. Teach me to give up my judgmental attitudes and accept that to rest is to be obedient, and to focus on Your presence in these places is a reason to celebrate. Work in me, through me, and around me, and change me as I learn to rest in You. Amen.

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©2023 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Prayer and Photo by Marina Bromley. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

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