Today, as you commit yourself to a time of fasting, consider focusing your prayers on the words of Jesus from Matthew 11 – “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (verse 28). Specifically, consider the opening words of our Lord and Savior, “Come to Me.” Charles Spurgeon preached from this text, this way:
“Come.” It is not “Learn,” it is not “Take my yoke“—that is in the next verse, and is intended for the next stage of experience – but in the beginning the word of the Lord is, “Come unto me,” “Come.” A simple word, but very full of meaning. To come is to leave one thing and to advance to another. Come, then, ye laboring and heavy laden, leave your legal labors, leave your self-reliant efforts, leave your sins, leave your presumptions, leave all in which you hitherto have trusted, and come to Jesus, that is, think of, advance towards, rely upon the Saviour. Let your contemplations think of him who bore the load of human sin upon the cross of Calvary, where he was made sin for us. Let your minds consider him who from his cross hurled the enormous mass of his people’s transgressions into a bottomless sepulchre, where it was buried forever. Think of Jesus, the divinely-appointed substitute and sacrifice for guilty man. Then, seeing that he is God’s own Son, let faith follow your contemplation; rely upon him, trust in him as having suffered in your stead, look to him for the payment of the debt which is due from you to the wrath of God. This is to come to Jesus. Repentance and faith make up this “Come“— the repentance which leaves that place where you now stand, the faith which comes into reliance upon Jesus.
As you craft your legacy, remember it is built day by day and minute by minute; every godly legacy begins and is sustained with the ongoing invitation to “come to Jesus.”
Today and always, may your every prayer of repentance, your every prayer of faith advance you towards your King and His rest!
In His grip,
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