Discovering a New Prayer Strategy



With my personal life on hold due to my mother’s health crisis, I didn’t know how to help her. 

I couldn’t even take care of my own family responsibilities four hundred miles away. Plus, I struggled to manage my other commitments at work and college.

I couldn’t sleep. When I would try to rest, my mind would race endlessly. I’d think about things I hadn’t completed and all
that I needed to do. And I would focus on my problems, unable to dismiss my worries.

So I prayed, Lord, I know I need to find rest. Help me go to sleep!

No, I didn’t miraculously fall asleep after that simple prayer. But I discovered a new prayer strategy for REST in Philippians 4:5–7 (niv):

  • Remember—“The Lord is near.”
  • Exalt—“ . . . [I]n every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving . . .”
  • Surrender—“ . . . [P]resent your requests to God.”
  • Trust—“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Red Flags

  • How do you find REST from your worries?
  • What do you need REST from today?
  • What hindrances to your REST have you identified?
  • How do you discern a worry from a concern?


What promises from God’s Word have helped you embrace your promised land of REST?


Can you remember a time when you found REST from your worries?

This excerpt taken from my eBook, RESTNotes. Be sure to get your FREE copy today!


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