This is from Glenn Coon’s Youth Prays—God Answers.
“Semester exams have always been a headache to me,” Dick began. “This time I felt I was not as well prepared for them as I should like to have been. I had studied faithfully during the semester, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to review for the exams I was to take the next day.
“I went to bed, but I could not sleep. I rolled, tossed, and tumbled, but sleep would not come. Now I was faced with the realisation that if I could not sleep, I would not have the alertness I so desperately needed in the morning.
“Just then I remembered the challenge that had been given in the class on the prayer of reception. We had been told to take our Bibles, place our finger on a promise, and then Ask, Believe and Claim or receive that promise, and God would answer that kind of prayer.
“So I claimed the promise of Matthew 11:28-30, which says: ‘Come unto me… and I will give you rest. That is exactly what I needed. Then I thanked God that He had given me the promised rest. With that I turned out the light, climbed back in bed, and the next thing I knew it was morning. I got up and felt refreshed, unusually refreshed. I wrote my exams and made the best marks I believe I have ever made. There is no question in my mind that the Prayer of Reception is the greatest thing I have ever come across,” Dick said in conclusion.
Dick had grasped the promise of Matthew 11:28 like a drowning man reaches at a straw; but he discovered it was, not a straw, but an anchor. (See Hebrews 6:13-19.)