Jesus Is Resting – Janet Eriksson

A prayer inspired by the woman at the well.

Quiet time with God
Photo by Janet Eriksson, Adventures with God

Lord Jesus, I love how You show me the importance of rest. You knew when to stop and just “be.”

When I read Your story, I can feel the midday heat, the roughness of the road on Your feet, the fatigue of the journey. You knew when it was time to rest and renew. You modeled that for me.

So many times I keep going when I should take a break. So often I forget to just sit still and enjoy a time of refreshment with You. I forget to give my body, mind, and emotions the space they need to reset and renew. Thank You, Jesus, for Your story that reminds me to rest.

It was because You rested by the well that You had this life-changing encounter with the Samaritan woman. How many encounters do I miss, Lord, because I am too busy?

Quiet time with God
Photo by Janet Eriksson, Adventures with God

Help me stay in tune with Your rhythms of life. Help me know when to move and rest, when to sleep and wake. I want to stay focused on You throughout the day, to be aware of Your constant presence, to know that You are walking with me on this journey together.

Thank You, God, that You give us a time to rest. What a gift and blessing from You. Help me not to miss those moments of resting by the well with You.

I pray in Your name, Jesus. Amen

Copyright © 2019 by Janet Eriksson

From Prayers at the Well: A Month of Prayers Inspired by John 4:1-42 (Janet Eriksson, author)


Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

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