“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 NIV
The convinced sinner is heavy-laden with guilt and terror; and the tempted and afflicted believer has labours and burdens. Christ invites all to come to him for rest to their souls. He alone gives this invitation; men come to him, when, feeling their guilt and misery, and believing his love and power to help, they seek him in fervent prayer. Thus it is the duty and interest of weary and heavy-laden sinners, to come to Jesus Christ.
This is the gospel call; Whoever will, let him come. All who thus come will receive rest as Christ’s gift, and obtain peace and comfort in their hearts. But in coming to him they must take his yoke, and submit to his authority. They must learn of him all things, as to their comfort and obedience. He accepts the willing servant, however imperfect the services. Here we may find rest for our souls, and here only. [Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary]
God said ” I will give you rest” – even in intercession?
We are carrying a heavy burden when we intercede for peopeople because we are getting emotionally involved in their life and problems. We sometimes try to carry that burden alone and then we get tired. It is then when we need rest; we need “a break” when things becomes too much for us. Jesus invite us to place our yoke on Him – and “I will give you rest”.