Fly to Me

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One day when Martin Luther and his co-worker, Philipp Melanchthon, had a particularly busy day ahead, Melanchthon suggested that they cut their prayer time at the beginning of the day in half. Luther refused vehemently. Because they had so much to do, he insisted that instead of the two hours they usually spent, they would need to spend four hours in prayer that morning. They did, and their day went better than either of them could have imagined!

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Are you sometimes worried and burdened with the strain of it all? Yes, I know you are. Those are the times when you must fly to Me. Fly to Me on the wings of prayer, and I will sustain you.

The burdens were not designed to fit on your shoulders; they were intended for Me to carry. In My love and compassion I have fashioned it so that you might draw close to Me, so that you might rest here on My breast, so that you might need Me, and so that you might feel My love. I love you, and I will carry you through if you will cast all your cares upon Me.

Be as a wise man who learns from the example of others. Look to the example of My servant Martin Luther, who, when he had a task that was too big, pulled back and took double time in prayer and sweet communion with Me.

You ask how you will ever accomplish all you need to? Do as Luther did. When he prayed, he cast all of his burdens on Me. This is the secret of quiet rest–casting all your cares upon Me, knowing that I care for you, knowing that I have always taken care of every problem you have given to Me, and I always will!

This is the secret of quiet rest–casting all your cares upon Me, knowing that I care for you.

Look to My own example: When I was followed day after day by multitudes of needy people, I knew I could not solve all of their problems Myself. How was I ever going to come up with enough food to feed 5,000 people from a mere five loaves of bread and two fish? (Matthew 14:15-21). That was an impossible task, but I did not worry about it. I only had to accept My Father’s help by saying, “I cannot do this. I cannot, but You can” (John 5:19).–And My Father did! He did what I in My own strength could not do.

And I did not feed those 5,000 by organizing fishing boats and sending My disciples out to catch fish. All I did was look up and cast My burden on My Father. He performed the miracle that fed 5,000 that day, but I had to truly trust first. I had to take the stand of faith before My Father could do the miracle. Afterward came the organization and distribution of the food, but the quiet trust came first.

The situations and the problems and the burdens were many, and the pressing needs of the people about Me were great. So were the cries of “It can’t be done!” Many of My followers were besieged by doubt and discouragement. Indeed the problems seemed insurmountable at times, yet those were the times when I learned to truly trust, to truly lean upon My Father and to cast My cares on Him.

I will not allow more to be put upon your shoulders than you and I together are able to bear. As you cast your burden upon Me, you will be able to avail yourself of My strength. My strength will be perfected in you (2 Corinthians 12:9).

From Jesus with Love

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Meditate on God’s Word

Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 119:97

Meditate on God and Jesus

Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 94:19
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 104:34
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Meditate on God’s Works

Psalm 119:15
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Psalm 143:5
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

Meditation has spiritual and practical benefits

Psalm 49:3
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

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Psalm 63:5-6
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

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Psalm 119:99
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

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Isaiah 30:15
For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest shall ye besaved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

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1 Timothy 4:15
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Meditate on Heavenly Things

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
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Colossians 3:2
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Constant Companion

   I want to be a very present companion, counselor, and help to you—not merely someone you know of, or someone you met once but rarely think about or talk to, or even an advisor that you consult from time to time when you have a problem or need to make an important decision. I want to be a constant, loving presence.

   I want to communicate with you personally and directly, and not in a distant, formal, or mental sort of way, but heart to heart. I want us to commune as intimates would, to talk things over, to reach decisions together, and to sometimes communicate without saying a word. I want to develop a bond of love between us that you’ve never experienced with anyone else and can’t even imagine.

   Learning to converse freely with Me, like learning to be natural, open, honest, and trusting in your communications with any friend, is something that comes with time and practice. It may feel awkward or even seem like work at first, learning to come into My presence and recognize My voice, but if you will do your part by making that effort, I will speak to you. At first you may think that little voice you hear deep inside is your mind, but in time you will know that it is Mine. I may give you ideas or solutions or answers to your questions, or I may give you a feeling of peace and wellbeing, or I may simply tell you how special you are to Me and how much I enjoy being with you. I’m full of surprises, so you’ll never know what to expect, but this one thing I promise: I will never disappoint you!