There is an interesting passage in Matthew 11 that I really enjoy reading. It is a short prayer that Jesus prayed in verses 25-30. It says…
25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank You for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased You to do it this way! 27 “My Father has entrusted everything to Me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Just before this passage Jesus is talking about the places He went and performed miracles and how people still did not repent. The miracles showed His power and that He was from God, but people still did not believe in Him.
As I reflected in this. three things comes to mind.
1. We approach God simply
Verse 25 tells us that God often hides things from those who think themselves wise and learned. I have met people over the years who have been full of their own wisdom and impressed themselves by how much they know!
However, God wants us to approach Him like a child. He wants us to be curious and humble. He doesn’t want us to be puffed up and full of ourselves. People like that can’t learn, they know it all! Our job is to approach God with the simplicity of a child. Be open and inquisitive because it pleased God for it to be that way (v26). We can learn when we are open to learn, and we don’t think we know it all.
2. Knowing God is about relationship
In verse 27 Jesus talks about His relationship with the Father. He says that no-one truly knows the Son except the Father and vice versa. Then He says that no-one knows the Father unless the Son reveals Him. John 14:6 reminds us that Jesus is the way to the Father.
Knowing God is all about relationship. It is about trusting Christ for our salvation and living in relationship with Him. When we pray, we connect with God. When we read the Bible, we learn more about Him. When we are obedient to His Words, we live in tune with the Holy Spirit. This is all about relationship.
3. We find rest in Christ
In verse 28 Jesus stretches out His hand and asks us to come to Him. He invites us to exchange our business and burdens for His rest and peace. In verse 29 He asks us to take on His yoke. Like an ox with a yoke pulling a plow, we join in with Jesus in His work. This work, however, is free from the burden of the obeying the Old Testament law and it is also free from the directionless living of the world.
We also find rest in Jesus in the discipline of being His disciple. As we learn about Jesus and as we grow in Him, we find rest for our weary souls. He is a good teacher as He is gentle and humble. No longer do we have to strive and strain for approval from God, we have it in Christ. We can just focus on Christ and following Him. We can rest in His finished work on the cross.
I really enjoy this short prayer from Jesus. In it we learn a lot about how God wants us to come to him, how He wants us to live in Him and how we can find peace and rest in Christ.