Rest and Refreshing


For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” and “This is the refreshing”. 

Isaiah 28: 11-12

Last Monday was Labor Day and we decided to not labor but to find a place to have a little R&R.   We went to Sunset Falls and had a picnic and enjoyed the falls and some good company and lots of resting and relaxing.  All too quickly, it was time to pack up and head home for life as we know it.


I often think that rest and relaxation can only come if I leave home and go someplace scenic.  That helps because when I am not at home, I am not tempted to do just one more thing before I sit down, but Isaiah tells of here of another rest.  One we can have in the midst of our busy lives and homes.  It is the R&R – the rest and refreshing that comes from praying in the Holy Spirit.

I got this reminder from Joseph Prince.  He said, “One of the best ways to rest and be refreshed, especially when you are worried, fatigued or just waiting for the manifestation of your healing, is to pray in the Holy Spirit. Beloved, give yourself some time every day to pray in the Spirit, and allow Him to rejuvenate and refresh you supernaturally!”

Dr. Carl Peterson of O.R.U.  (Oral Roberts University) in Tulsa, Ok is a brain specialist and was doing research on the relationship between the brain and praying or speaking in tongues. Some amazing things were discovered.

Through research and testing, Dr. Peterson found that as we pray in the Spirit or worship in the Spirit (our heavenly language), there is activity that begins in our brain.  As we engage in our heavenly language, the brain releases two chemical secretions that are directed into our immune system giving a 35 to 40 percent boost in the immune system.  This promotes healing within our bodies.  Amazingly, this secretion is triggered from a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans and we don’t use it.  It is only activated by our Spirit-led prayer and worship.  We need to pray in our prayer language more than we ever have before. This promotes Divine Health as well as Divine Healing.  It is important to stay “Full” and to stay “Well”.

Fullness, wellness, rest, relaxation, could you use any of these?  I know I could. How easy it is to forget that one provision God has given us holds the key to all of these – praying in our heavenly language.

Once again, You send me a message at just the right time through Your people.  Thank You for them and their faithfulness to speak Your word.  As I struggle with doing one more thing when I really need rest, would You just nudge me again and remind me of the rest You have provided for me.  Help me to enter in to the work Your Spirit would do in me and through me if I would just yield to You.  I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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