Join our Mailing List
ECFA Accredited

Call to leave a prayer that will be heard around the nation.

Call to leave a prayer that will be heard around the nation.


Pray With Others

Record a prayer to share with others.

Dial 844-599-7729

Dial 844-599-7729

Up Next:

Headline Prayer

Articles Videos Events
1007 People Prayed
2502 People have read this article


Father God, I depend on You, but I’ve been feeling so tired lately. Please give me wisdom about how to rest. Show me what You want me to do versus not do. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name.

Beloved intercessor, have you gotten caught in what feels like an intercessory “grind”? Are you feeling the stress and strain of meeting after meeting, burden after burden, prayer after prayer? Are the fire, fervor, and anointing you used to feel toward the Lord waning dim?

If so, the Lord may be calling you to take a sabbatical and rest.

As intercessors, we all love to pray the will of the Lord. We love to stand in the gap before the Lord, for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We’re called to it, and like every other Christian we are called to pray without ceasing.

However, sometimes it’s possible for our prayers to become something they were never meant to be.

The Bible teaches us that our time in prayer is face-to-face conversation with the Lord. Prayer is an intimate privilege; an opportunity to commune with our Savior and to enjoy, as Dutch Sheets wrote, “the pleasure of His company.” However, when we become worn out and exhausted in our body, soul, or spirit—not necessarily from praying, but from the busyness and stressors of life—then it’s easy to lose our joy in prayer.

Even more sobering, prayer can become almost an indifferent repetition of words by rote instead of the soul-watering, spirit-transforming encounter with the Lord that it ought to be …

… All because of busyness and exhaustion.

Have you been there? Have you been in a place where you just dread going to another prayer meeting? Have you gotten to where you look at your watch throughout the meeting—or even during a church service—hoping that it will just be over soon so you can go rest, even though you never used to feel that way? Have you been in a place where you physically fall asleep when you sit down to seek the Lord in prayer?

Are you there now?

Beloved, there’s no shame in needing rest. And although, ideally, we would all live such wise lives that we don’t get to that place of exhaustion at all, most of us are in the learning process where we are still learning how to balance quietness with activity. I know I am; and it can be challenging to discern what to do versus what not to do when it’s all important.

For example:

  • Attending prayer meeting at church? That’s important.
  • Quality time spent with our spouse? Extremely important.
  • Quality time spent investing in our children? Yep, that’s extremely important too.
  • Quiet time alone with the Lord in prayer? Why, that’s the most important of all.

Physical rest? Also extremely important—yet, we often feel that we can rest later. We push our own rest aside in order to make room for all these other important activities.

Unfortunately, however, too often the “later” time for rest never comes until our bodies force us to pay the piper by breaking down and refusing to go any longer.

Beloved, I love everything about the Christian experience. I love dwelling in community with fellow believers. I love to pray with my local church intercessors and even with my friends, too. I love to minister in any way the Lord opens for me to do so. However, through a difficult process that has lasted several years now, the Lord has shown me that, too often, the “activity” of ministry, prayer, and intercession can overshadow and actually squeeze out the reality of the face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with Jesus that is the foundation of every Christian’s life.

So I had to take a sabbatical. Several of them, in fact. And you know what I learned?

I learned that:

  1. In the stillness and solitude of sabbath rest, I was able to encounter the Lord and move more mountains in prayer than I ever had while striving, laboring, and being busy in prayer.
  2. While I was resting and praying from home, my ministry got on just fine without my being in the office every day.
  3. When the Lord draws you into a sabbath rest or sabbatical, He will send other people (who need the opportunity) to step up and do the physical labor you were doing before.
  4. Rest (even an extended sabbatical) is the potting soil in which Holy Spirit can plant the deepest revelations in you.
  5. Rest rejuvenates your prayer life.
  6. Resting allows Holy Spirit to refill you with His anointing at levels you never even imagined before.
  7. Refusing to rest actually means we are refusing to trust the Lord to sustain us. Refusing to rest is exactly what the Lord cautioned us against in Deuteronomy 8:17 when He said, “then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ If everything we receive comes only from the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:18), and we received it by grace through faith, how can we imagine that we will lose everything if we rest in obedience to His command?

Beloved, we should never abandon our call to pray.

The Bible commands us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). However, sometimes when our bodies become exhausted beyond belief …

When our spirit feels empty and desperately in need of replenishment …

When our soul feels dry and weary …

It’s okay to rest.

It’s okay to take a day off work (or away from church activities) and rest at home. It’s okay to commune with the Lord by yourself at home when you just can’t work up the courage to make it to another prayer meeting. Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together (Hebrews 10:25), but also don’t confuse “being faithful” with “over-extending yourself and doing things the Lord never asked you to do,” to your detriment.

Beloved, we Christians are called to rest. We are called to abide in Jesus. And if the busyness of your life—even your ministry life—has taken over your schedule to the point where you feel bad physically, are dry in your emotions, and don’t sense the anointing of the Lord …

… then follow the glory cloud home, and stay there until the Lord says to leave. J

Are you exhausted on your prayer journey? Do you need to rest or even take an extended sabbatical, so your soul and spirit can be well-watered again? If so, leave a comment below!

Jamie Rohrbaugh equips people to walk in the manifest presence of God. She blogs for a global readership at, where she writes about prayer, the prophetic word, living supernaturally, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. She is a frequent contributor to Charisma Magazine, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. Her podcast, Take Your Territory with Jamie Rohrbaugh, can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Download her FREE resource, 25 Building Blocks for Glorious Prayers, here. (Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

1007 People Prayed
2502 People have read this article

Malicious comments have been posted under false names on this site.

In order to protect the IFA community, you will need to sign up or login to post a comment.


  1. Very thoughtful and anointed article by sister Jamie. With the National Day of Prayer & 1st Friday Fast this month of May, warfare intercession has been particularly intense. Fasting & Prayer is spiritually, emotionally, and physically demanding… and understandably so since Biblical Christians are the ones holding the fabric of our Constitutional Republic together by intervening against the tide of darkness seeking to wash our wayward nation into oblivion. And the world continues persecuting the children of GOD as revealed so poignantly by ‘Voice of the Martyrs’… see ‘’.

    My ‘prescription’ that has worked powerfully for me for the past many decades is ‘Daily Thanksgiving’ that precedes ALL petitions for specific needs. I find remarkable empowerment happens when I spend a short time going over what I cover in the linked post:

    The results have been consistent… conviction sets in to correct my heart attitude; illumination re. the Heart of GOD in prayer; and images come to my remembrance that aid with focused intercession throughout the day. May it provide some comfort and aid to those of us who are experiencing any form of ‘burnout’ or spiritual attack as we all do at times.
    Kingdom Blessings, in HIM… ~Santos

    Amen! 7
  2. I have been an intercessor, the call to prayer strong since I first came to know Jesus, although in my early years I did not know much about prayer. I just did it, but as I have found the needs are always great and many times I will just say to the Lord “I just want to come and worship you. This becomes a time of refreshment, remembrance and a renewing of my spirit. As a believer we need to remember the work of God is not done by our own words and strength,”for not by power, not by might, but by My strength” the work is done and results are found. The Lord has given me three Words that have held me Stand, Wait and Watch. We are to stand in faith, wait upon the Lord for He the our strength and To watch for the Glory of the Lord will be seen. The work to be done is in His hands as we seek His face, repent and rest in Him.

    Amen! 17
  3. My Beloved,
    Unless I build the house, its builders work in vain. Unless I guard the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. In vain do you get up early and put off going to bed, working hard to earn a living; I provide for My beloved, even when they sleep…return to your rest! I have been generous toward you. Don’t be afraid, I am with you; don’t be distressed, I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand. Listen to My Son when He says, “Come to Me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in Me.
    I love you,
    Avi HaRachamim
    Father of Mercies

    Scripture taken from The Complete Jewish Bible: Psalm 27, Psalm 116, Matthew 11, John 14, Isaiah 41

    Amen! 16
  4. It’s also a commandment on the tablet that tells us how to honor our Creator. When we keep the Sabbath – as He prescribes – we honor Him and demonstrate our love and devotion to Him. I never realized the importance of it until He led me to it in the summer of 2015. For almost six years, He has been teaching me and gently guiding and correcting me in the Spirit to follow this His way. Our family now celebrates this every single week and it is beautiful to watch my daughter begin to realize at the young age of 23 in her own apartment how much of a gift this is.

    We have all grown closer to our Lord and Savior. He orders our steps during the week to help us prepare to shut everything down. We bless Him and worship Him, visit with each other, pray, bless each other and study the bible together, we take naps, we sit outside and just are still watching the birds. Great sit down meal on Friday nights and meals prepared ahead of time on Saturday. The laundry is almost always done, house dusted, floors clean and tidy and if it isn’t I don’t even care anymore when it used to drive me crazy.

    The fourth commandment is a big deal – and keeping it is a blessing, not a burden. He is the Great Physician and these are His office hours which is why Jesus also demonstrates the forgiveness of sins followed by amazing healing miracles on the Sabbath. Keeping it has grown our trust in Him, our faith, and helped us bear fruit of the Spirit because we are not exhausted.

    When we are physically hungry, thirsty or tired we are generally cranky, short-tempered, mean and more inclined to make bad choices. When we are SPIRITUALLY hungry, thirsty or tired we are even worse than that because we wind up bearing false witness for Him…because we are cranky, short-tempered, mean and more inclined to make poor choices.

    Psalm 46:10 commands us to “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted in the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” The word for “still” is raphah (from rapha) – which means a variety of different things but primarily “to heal” and “to cease.” WHEN we cease, we exalt Him. When people see how different we are because we are at peace, He is exalted in the nation. WHEN people around the world, see a nation at peace He is exalted in the world! Just because we are calmed down!!!

    How can we complain about the 10 commandments being removed from different buildings around the country and from schools when we have removed them from our own home? Restore it in your home and watch Him bring restoration to your life!

    It takes a little while to get on His calendar but He is faithful to help you do it. It takes a little longer to move your family over, but He is faithful to help them do it.

    So take a step of faith and take a nap! 🙂

    Amen! 15
    1. Bringing the laws of God into ones home is a blessing. Years ago I wanted to bring devotional habits into the home. After praying about this the Lord instructed me not to use devotionals but use His Word. After talking about this with my husband, who was not a believer at this time, but a church goer, we decided to do this after our dinner time and if for some reason we could not, we would just pick up, but not to become religious about it. So after dinner each night my family of seven would pray for different areas and my husband would read a chapter from a Book of the Bible. Over the years we read through the Bible, would talk about it with each other and I could see the intensity of my husband as he read. The most precious memory I have as a Mom is around the dinner table with my family reading His Word and praying. What I realize is how faithful God is to lead us and to change our hearts as we gathered to read and pray. My husband did come to accept Jesus as His Savior, and all of our children left our home understanding and believing in the God of our salvation. Yes the family is the key, but remember this is important to our God. He will lead and direct one in how to bring this into ones household. He is faithful.

      Amen! 8
  5. I have never been allowed rest for over 33 years. I not refusing it,I just never had it.
    My family, church and all the broken people that surrounds me daily have prevented from it.
    I reached out for help numerous times without success. Help me to rest please.

    Amen! 15
    1. I am praying for rest for you my dear! “Well done good and faithful servant “ take a rest ask GOD for guidance in this. He loves you very much, and cares for your every need. He understands you and wants the best for you. Listen to him about taking a rest time whatever that may involve!

      Amen! 20
        1. Elia, if you take care of your relationship with the Lord, He will care for your family. I heard this years ago and it really filled my heart. We come into this world alone, and Jesus Christ calls us individually to follow Him. I encourage you to let these “other people” find their way while you let go and let God. I am praying He will fill you with all the trust you need to believe He can.

          Amen! 2
          1. I have to thank you for the reply. I need to know that there are people who care out there. I have been alone all this time. I am interceding for roughly 3 or 4 billion people every day. It is rough but I do it for the Lord for 33 years 24/7.

        2. Elia, in John 6, Jesus said “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” I encourage you to begin in Matthew and read the Gospels and stay there until you are filled up. Jesus also said in Matthew 11, come to me you who are tired and weary and I will give you rest. All of you take up my yoke and learn from me because I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest. Remember, Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. (Romans 8) We must all work for the kingdom but it begins in belief, trust and reliance that we are in His Hands and secure despite….Peace to you.

      1. I thank you for the reply it helps. Like I told Susan before I intercede for billions of people daily for the past 33 years. It is my duty, but it exhausting.
        I intercede for everyone who needs help no matter who they are.

        Amen! 1
  6. Jamie said that refusing to rest is a subtile way of saying that we really aren’t trusting the Lord as we should. Another way of saying this is to consider that we are also saying, “Lord if You won’t take care of this, then I’ll have to do it myself.” When we rest, we have given it all to Him.
    This also reminded me of a night when I had to have an answer from God by the very next morning. I decided to spend the whole night in prayer to hear from Him if necessary. I knelt beside my bed to pray. I was determined to do whatever it took to get the answer I needed from the Lord. I had been praying for only a few minutes when the thought came into my mind, “Sometimes it takes more faith to go to bed than it does to stay up all night in prayer.” That thought encouraged me to get some sleep. Shortly after I awoke and went into the bathroom to shave, the answer entered my mind about what to do to resolve the problem. Everything worked out right after I acted upon that idea.
    This also reminds me of one line in a poem I read in Bible school – “One step is far enough for faith to see.” In the 49 years since then God has led me this way more than any other. If you need a rest, let this be your next step and see what God will do afterward.

    Amen! 18
    1. I am feeling very overwhelmed, it’s been now over 100 days since biden/harris has dishonestly taken over our government! The corruption and Lying have been overwhelming! I know GOD’s got this! We need to see victory in this. We need to see evil overcome by good and truth. We need to see these evil doers crushed. Again I need the fire stirred up in me, to pray for our country, for our children and our children’s, children. We can not accept what is going on! We need to keep on keeping on. Trusting GOD. I pray for this strength and encouragement for all of us believers in JESUS. Amen 🙏🇺🇸

      Amen! 22
      1. I know you are correct to say Biden stole the election. I don’t blame you for being upset. The FBI director got me started investigating communists in 1962, so I know the depths of the treason involved in stealing the election. However, the Lord saved me in 1966 and has been working in my life in a way that involves a lot of mountain top experiences since then, which are always followed by dark valleys. You are obviously in one of those dark valleys just now. I pray that the Lord will give you the grace to enable you to through this valley. As for me just now, I’ve had a peace from God since the election that has me amazed. I normally would feel the same as you just now, but I have a sense God will do something. I believe it will be the revival He showed me in a dream when He called me to ministry in 1966. I also believe it is the same revival Corrie Ten Boom predicted that will start somewhere at or near where I’m living now. The way the Lord led me here is amazing. I wasn’t conscious of being led by Him at the time. He did it sovereignly. You can trust His sovereignty when your own strength seems to be failing. I also pray that your faith will not fail you. The main thing you need to know about this revival is that deceived people, who are into white magic control what is known as the Patriot Movement. They are presently promoting what they call a Great Awakening. They will try to infiltrate the revival God wants to give us. They are being used by Satan in their ignorance to preempt what God wants to do in revival. They are trying to syncretize Christianity with occultism. What they are doing goes back several decades. I had my first confrontation with it in 1967. God has had me in a training school since then to expose it and deal with it. I’m inclined to think they will start their plans before God does, so don’t be fooled when Trump gets back in the WH. The antichrist can fool more Christians with a counterfeit revival than using the people into black magic, who stole the last election. Keep your eyes open. Most of the top Q supporters are into white magic. They don’t know white magic is really black magic in disguise. I know because I was into white magic for about 6 years before Jesus saved me. I know how easy it is to be patriotic and also be into white magic. We need genuine revival. God plans to use it to prepare us for Jesus’ return and give us the strength to overcome the antichrist.

        Amen! 5

Share to My Groups


Forgot password? Click here to reset it.

Don't have a login? Click here to create a new account.

Sign Up to Pray for
Your Elected Officials

You will receive our weekly e-alerts.

Already have a profile? Click here to login.

Privacy Policy/Terms of Use

Our policy and terms of use are applicable in any and all Intercessors for America related websites including but not limited to and  Use of this website indicates agreement with its terms of use policies.

We are concerned about and respect your privacy while visiting our web sites. Intercessors for America will never sell, lease or rent your confidential information, though non-confidential information (name and address) may be given to outside vendors. We always will endeavor to take steps to assure that financial information you provide to us will remain secure. We want you to feel safe in your online experience while visiting our site. We, therefore, request that you take a moment to review the following valuable information.

Collection of Information
Intercessors for America does not collect personal information without your knowledge while you are visiting our web site.

However, Intercessors for America allows you to provide personal information on our web site. The type of information we collect directly corresponds with the service you request. For instance, you can make donations, offer your thoughts, opinions, prayers, concerns, ideas, personal experiences, questions and/or suggestions. The type of information we collect is only voluntary and used for purposes of interacting with the website or with others viewing the website.  Also, the information may be necessary to facilitate our response to your specific request such as your name and contact information.

If you request to have a resource sent to you and/or make a donation, Intercessors for America will collect the information necessary to complete this transaction which may include your contact information, credit card number and other transaction information.

If you offer your thoughts, comments, opinions, concerns, ideas, personal experience testimonies, request prayer, ask questions, etc., Intercessor for America collects that information and may use the information in one of the ways set forth in the following section titled “Use of Information.”

Use of Information
Intercessors for America uses the information provided by you to:

Disclosure/Sharing of Information
As stated above, Intercessor for America does not sell, rent or lease your confidential information to others. On some occasions, vendors will approach Intercessor for America with a product that we determine might benefit our supporters. In that instance, we will provide non-confidential information.

Regarding links to third-party web sites
Intercessors for America’s Privacy Statement does not govern any exchange of information between you and any third party web site. IFA does not monitor, and is not responsible for, the privacy and data use policies of its corporate sponsors. We recommend you review their policies (likely to be found on their web sites) prior to accessing, but especially before sharing any personally identifiable information. Similarly, this Privacy Statement does not govern the privacy practices of any third party web site to which you might link from the IFA website.

Ability to Edit and Delete
If you would like to correct, update, add, or delete personal information, simply let us know by calling us at (800) USA-PRAY, emailing us at or writing us at Intercessors for America P.O. Box 915 Purcellville, VA 20134 and we will respond promptly to your request.

Intercessors for America reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time and requests that you review this policy for updates.

Content Disclaimer
Please understand that all postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, or other materials ( “Content”) posted on, transmitted through, or linked from this website, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. More specifically, each person is entirely responsible for each individual item (“Item”) of Content that they post, email or otherwise make available via the Service. Please understand that IFA does not control, and is not responsible for Content made available through the Service, and that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content, as much as we try to prevent it, that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. For the health of the IFA community you must agree that you will evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, and that under no circumstances will IFA be liable in any way.  Be wise and understand that IFA does not pre-screen or approve Content generated by our community of website users, but IFA does have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or move any Content that is available via the Service, for violating the letter or spirit of the terms of understanding or for any other reason. If you ever find objectionable material please contact us at 800-USA-Pray or use our contact form to notify us.

Questions or Suggestions
Please direct all questions or comments regarding this privacy policy to Intercessors for America at  Intercessors for America P.O. Box 915  Purcellville, VA 20134

This web site may provide links to external web sites maintained by individuals or organizations external to Intercessors for America. Once you access information that links you to another web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the web site containing the information you have linked to.

Online Personal Safety
We hope and pray that all intercessors involved in Intercessors for America are trustworthy, well-meaning, and have a heart for prayer for our nation.

However, please take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. People online are not necessarily who they say they are or seem to be. Never give out passwords, credit card information, or other private data. Be very wary of disclosing private information to a stranger you meet via prayer messaging. Even apparently innocent information, like the name of your employer, can be used against you by scammers.

When meeting with someone for the first time to gather to pray or establish a prayer group in your local area, please remember to:

Taking these precautions will help make your online experience safer. Any risk in using Intercessors for America’s online web tools to connect with others is assumed by you. Intercessors for America disclaims any liability or responsibility for acts, omissions, or conduct by you or any other party using its online web tools.

For more information about online personal safety, check out these resources:

Statement of Use
All of the content, images, logos and photos appearing on this website are copyrighted and are the property of Intercessors for America. Other images, brands or logos are copyright of their respective owners. Information and images found on the site cannot be reproduced either in print or electronically without express written permission from Intercessors for America.

The IFA or GAP Web Site may contain links to third party web sites such as those posted by members of the Get America Praying website.  These third party web sites are not controlled by IFA. The links to these web sites are provided for convenience. IFA is not responsible and assumes no liability for the contents of any of these web sites, and unless expressly stated does not endorse these web sites or their contents, products, or services. IFA is not responsible for the content of any sponsor’s Web page linked to the IFA web site, and the opinions and views expressed on the sponsor’s Web pages do not necessarily reflect those of IFA. The contents of the sponsor Web pages are not reviewed in any way before they are linked to the IFA web page. Intercessors for America reserves the exclusive right to remove any links, posts or members that it deems necessary for any reason. The intended usage of the website is for the facilitation of prayer groups.  Requests for donations other than for the owner of the site, posting of blogs and misuse of site is expressly forbidden.  Inactivity of any group or site for more than 90 days will constitute an automatic removal of the member or group from the site.


Intercessors for America Comments Policy

IFA is a prayerful community of believers interceding for the nation. We want to foster a community of commenters that reflects our values: Prayerful, Truthful, Generous, Hopeful, and Relational.

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but there are some instances where comments should be reported.

• Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature will be deleted. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments should be relevant to the post topic.
• Comments including profanity or vulgarity will be deleted.
• Comments that condone, encourage, or incite violence of any kind, for any reason, will not be tolerated.
• Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive should be reported and will be removed. Note this may include abusive, threatening, pornographic, offensive, misleading, or libelous language.
• Comments that attack an individual directly should be reported.
• Comments that harass other posters should be reported. Please be respectful toward other contributors.

IFA reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to the blog without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time. If you have any questions about the commenting policy, please let us know at

Sign Up For Updates
Skip to toolbar