“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30; Luke 10:21-22, NIV)
This scripture is well-known and regarded for its power and beauty, its intimacy and security. But we sometimes forget that this scripture begins with: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” It’s one of Jesus’s prayers.
With slight modification, this striking and forceful prayer becomes yours and those who worship with you. It has the effect of bringing God and Christ into worship and places them by your side.
“We praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. No one knows the Son except you, Father, and no one knows you except the Son and those to whom you are revealed by the Son. We thank you that when we are weary and burdened, we can find rest in you through your Son. We thank you that your Son is gentle and humble in heart, that his yoke is easy and his burden is light, and that we will find rest for our souls.”