7 Times the Bible Says to Just Take a Nap

Have you ever finished a Friday so exhausted and ready for the weekend to realize it’s only Thursday? Here is live footage of me last Thursday:

So if you were looking for a great excuse to cut yourself some slack and take a break, you have come to the right place. Here are 7 times the Bible tells us to just take a nap:

1. Did you know Sunday afternoon naps were originally God’s idea? Bless.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work.” – Exodus 20:9-10a NLT

2. Have you ever been so busy you didn’t even have time to eat?! Jesus too. His answer? You guessed it… take a nap.

“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” – Mark 6:30-31 NLT

3. Did you know God is anti-overtime? Seriously, take a break every once in a while!

“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” – Psalm 127:2 NLT

4. David knew the Lord had his back. So that man TOOK. A. NAP.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” – Psalm 4:8 NLT

5. In case you missed your nap yesterday, God went ahead and rescheduled it for today. Thanks God.

So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today.” – Hebrews 4:6-7a NLT

6. David describes for us the perfect nap.

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.” – Psalm 23:2 NLT

7. Even God himself rested. So sweetie, you go ahead and take your nap right there!

“On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” – Genesis 2:2-3 NLT

All jokes aside, there is TRUE rest for us in Christ.

I’m talking about the true rest God promises us in Hebrews 4 and that David illustrates for us in Psalms 23. This kind of rest and peace isn’t something you can get from a power nap, lavender essential oil, or by taking a social media hiatus. It only comes from centering yourself in God’s word and by not allowing the worries of this world to pollute your mind.

True rest is so important that God himself displayed it for us on the seventh day of creation. It wasn’t a day of simply doing nothing, it was an intentional day of rest. If rest is important to God, it should be important to you also.

My prayer for you today is that you find time to take a nap, but that you also find true rest in Christ.

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Ashley Smith
Ashley Smith
April 5, 2022 11:21 am

But Sunday isn’t the 7th day Sabbath, the Roman Catholics are the ones who changed God’s Holy Day. Sabbath was never done away with, Go back to God our creator, our Father and call on his name to be saved.

Shilpa Sara Abraham
June 30, 2020 12:45 am

This is so beautifully and lovingly written. Thank-you for reminding us what’s true Kaylee. Loved that part about how we ought to centre ourselves in His word…

Juan Antonio *Tony * Turrubiartes
Juan Antonio *Tony * Turrubiartes
June 30, 2020 4:19 am

Love ❤️ it 👍🙏

Doug LaBreck
Doug LaBreck
February 20, 2021 2:24 pm

Proverbs 24 says otherwise,

30I went past the field of a sluggard,

past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;

31thorns had come up everywhere,

the ground was covered with weeds,

and the stone wall was in ruins.

32I applied my heart to what I observed

and learned a lesson from what I saw:

33A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest—

34and poverty will come on you like a thief

and scarcity like an armed man.

Cher Anderson
Cher Anderson
Reply to  Doug LaBreck
July 22, 2021 4:34 am

Being lazy and resting are two different things.

Doug LaBreck
Doug LaBreck
Reply to  Cher Anderson
August 12, 2021 9:13 am

A little sleep, a little slumber….. sounds like a nap to me.

Bill Taylor
November 26, 2022 3:53 pm

Jesus taking naps

Bill Taylor
November 26, 2022 3:57 pm

Sunday is not the Sabbath! Sunday comes from Sun worship. The Tower of Babel.Sunday bwas selected by the Catholic Church to have a day other than God’s Sabbath. They have now made it more
popular than God’s Sabbath the 7th day! Sunday is not holy, only God can made something Holy!

February 8, 2023 9:22 am

Sabbath is not Sunday though

June 12, 2023 11:12 pm

For everyone in the comments touching on how Sunday isn’t the sabbath, pls enlighten myself as well as other as to when the sabbath is. It’s quite interesting to read so many comments but I have yet to see any redirection. If you don’t know the full truth pls pls hush up until you have to full picture.

Thanks again sister it definitely was a great read.

Jeannette Moyen
Jeannette Moyen
July 8, 2023 8:26 am

thank you for this most inspiring post! You have convinced me to nap hahahah zzzzzzzzzzz

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