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Devotional: Take My Yoke Upon You | Matthew 11:29-30 Meaning.

Welcome to Day 12. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace, bible reading plan. This short devotional is based on Matthew 11:29-30.

Read Matthew 11:29-30.

What does it mean to 'take my yoke upon you'? (Matthew 11:29)

A yoke is a wooden device used to harness the working power of an animal. When Jesus was speaking to the Jewish people, they would have understood this reference well. They would have used the yoke on Oxen to harness their working power when plowing their fields.

The yoke could be made for a single animal, or to combine the power of several animals.

Jewish people described living under obedience to Rabbinical Law as having a yoke upon them. In Jesus' time, the Pharisees made that load even heavier by adding manmade requirements and regulations on top of the Law of Moses (Matthew 23:4)

Jesus had been declaring to the Jewish people that He knows God the Father and that He can reveal God to whomever He chooses (Matthew 11:27).

Then He invites the people to come to Him and take His yoke, to commit to Him and put themselves under His authority. Jesus promised rest to all who do this. This means rest from all the burdensome regulations that come from Rabbinical Law, and for us, now that Jesus has risen from the dead, it means so much more to us. Join me as we unpack the truth found in God's precious word.

Take My Yoke Upon You Meaning: Devotional

We all carry heavy burdens. In our bible verses today, Matthew 11:29-30, Jesus is saying that He is good and His way is good, not burdensome or difficult.

Jesus says," Come to me, my children, come to me. I know that you have been carrying a heavy load, the weight of your pain, the burden of your sins, the load of your worries. Here. Come here. I will give you rest."

What burden are you carrying?

What heavy burden is weighing you down and causing heaviness and weariness in your spirit?

The past few years, with the pandemic and wars, have added many burdens to so many people and I find that I have to remind myself of these bible verses and God's grace that is available to me frequently.

God's grace is there for us with unexpected blessings and guidance, wisdom, and strength to walk out God's plan that He has for both my life and yours. He will give us His power and strength to do the work before us, the work that He has ordained for us to do.

Give God your burdens

Whatever your ' heavy burden' might be, Jesus invites you, just as He did the crowds He was teaching, to lay your burdens down at His feet. Surrender all that is weighing you down into God's hands and trust that He will give you the plan, the strength, and the power to walk out His plan through all your difficult burdens.

Jesus knows the challenges and deadlines that we face and the weariness and stress, that comes with all our financial and other types of responsibilities that we have.

He wants us to lay them at His feet and to take His 'yoke' and follow His leading, His purpose for your life.

So, how do you do this? How do you hand over your burdens to Jesus?

You can start by spending some devotional time with Him. I talk with God throughout my day. I chat with Him when I am driving, shopping, cooking, walking, etc. I try to have a more formal time in the morning if possible and just take 5 minutes to read one of our daily devotionals and use the prayer journal. It makes me really put into practice what I am learning from reading the daily bible verses and applying them to my life. Now it is your turn! Try out our pretty prayer and gratitude journal. It is free.

Today's devotional is based on Matthew 11:29-30 which is from our 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace, bible reading plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 30 scriptures about God's grace in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and a gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook.

What is God saying to you through these verses?

What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?

Write out your prayer request.

What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings!

Write out the scripture verse, it helps you to memorize the scripture and store up God's truth in your heart. Then in the last section of the prayer journal, there is space to record what God is speaking to you through our grace bible verse for today, Matthew 11:29-30.

Scripture Prayer - Take My Yoke Upon You | Matthew 11:29-30

We are called to pray without ceasing. That means we can talk with God at any time and in any place. You can chat with God throughout the day! Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray so join me in praying

Matthew 11:29-30.

Thank you Jesus that you want to carry my burdens. I surrender every one of them to you. Thank you for Your peace and rest. Teach me how to take on Your 'yoke', to totally surrender all my concerns to you, and to walk in the ways You have set before me. Fill me with Your wisdom and help me to recognize Your promptings in all That I do each day and to follow Your lead. Amen.

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xx Karen.



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