Day 4

Day Four: Wednesday
Genesis 2:2-3; Mark 2:27; Mark 6:31; Luke 6:12-13; Matthew 14:13

Though the Bible does not directly say what Jesus did on the Wednesday before Easter, most scholars believe he spent the day in solitude and rest after the busy past few days in Jerusalem. They believe that he was preparing himself for the events to come by resting and spending time alone with the Father in prayer.

Rest was not a new idea that Jesus invented. God intended for humanity to both work and rest from the very beginning. God took a day of rest after creating the world not because he was tired, but because he desired rest to be a gift for us. Our God does not sleep or grow weary, but we do. God knew we needed rest, so he made the Sabbath, or day of rest, for us.

In his ministry, Jesus models rest and time alone with God for us. He encouraged his disciples to take rest after a period of hard work. He spent time alone with God in prayer before making an important decision, and he sought out solitude to grieve after John the Baptist’s death.

When was the last time you spent a day resting and spending quality time with God? For many of us, it has been a while. Our days off, should we have any, are used to catch up on cleaning and errands, and when we do find time to sit down, we end up binge-watching Netflix, which feels like rest but usually leaves us just as exhausted and lonely as when the day began.  Even as many of us are spending most of our day quarantined at home, we are still caught up in the busyness of life and the Netflix blackhole.
Activity: Read the biblical accounts of rest and solitary time with God. If you are able, make today a day of prayer and rest. If it is not possible for you to take the whole day off, set aside at least 30 minutes or an hour to spend time with God. As you rest and pray, here are some practices you can try:

  • Limit your media time or try a media fast for the day
  • Listen to worship music
  • Read Scripture and pray
  • Journal
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Take a prayer walk
  • Spend 10+ minutes in meditative silence