Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church
931 West Maple Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Services at 10:
00 a.m. Sundays


Day 39                                                                                  Matthew 11:27-30


     Prayer naturally implies proximity to God.  We are near enough to Him to both hear and be heard.  While we may say this point is mute since God is everywhere and therefore always close to us, there is another proximity that isn’t measured by physical space.  When we pray, we are connecting with God at a heart or spiritual level.  We are joining with Him where time and space have no tangible meaning.  As our finite minds may better grasp, it is as if time and space become frozen and we and God connect.

     Connecting with God and being with Him can become the core reason of our prayer life.  To abide both with and in Christ, we first must come to Him and be joined together with Him.  In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites us to do just that.


      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
     Picture a yoke of oxen or a pair of draft horses working together.  When training a new ox or horse, the owner will pair the inexperienced one with a more experienced partner.  The more experienced animal will, in essence, teach the younger one how to do the work.  In time, the two will pull together in tandem, minimizing the strain to both.

     Communication between two animals is far more limited than the communication between the Lord and us.  When Jesus invites us to join Him and take His yoke upon us, He also intends to show us how to work and live together with Him.  We can ask Him anything and He will respond.  He also will ask of us and teach us how to live in unison with Him.  Our proximity when yoked together with the Lord is closer than any physical yoke can describe.  And the longer we walk with Him, as Jesus describes, the lighter the burden and the more rest we will find for our souls.

     If peace of heart and soul, if a life that is less weary and burdened is the desire of your heart, then Jesus offers you the answer.  Come to Him.  Take His yoke upon yourself and learn from Him.  Surrender your life to His guidance and Lordship, and you will find rest for your soul.  As life goes on, may your prayer life continually lead you this.