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Mission Devotional - January 31, 2016

Heavenly Father, as the day dawns and calls me to my labors I ask you to enable me to gladly do the work to which you beckon me. May I do it as a servant of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. Amen. ("Disciplines for the Inner Life" by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)...

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Mission Devotional - January 30, 2016

Lord God, thank you that through Jesus we are no longer slaves to sin, but can experience all of the fullness of the life and the love that you created us for. Help us to realize that true freedom exists only in you. Thank you that you offer us real life, real healing, real wholeness, and thus, real freedom, in relationship with you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 29, 2016

Lord Jesus, deliver us from those things in our lives from which we just can't break free. We simply don't have the power, but you do! Give us your divine power to destroy the strongholds in our lives, for apart from you we have no hope of victory. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 26, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to live our lives as free men, not as slaves to our own whims and moods and preferences. Help us to realize that it is only in you that we find our true meaning and our true purpose and a true sense of freedom. Help us to fully become all that you created us to be. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 25, 2016

Set me free, Lord Jesus, from all of my misguided ways of being and seeing. Break the chains that bind me, and destroy my patterns of sin and darkness and death. Set me free, Lord Jesus, for when you do, I will be free indeed. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 24, 2016

Father, my life, in so many ways and at so many places, seems shackled and bound. Help me to find freedom and liberty in you this day. ("Disciplines for the Inner Life" by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)...

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Mission Devotional - January 23, 2016

Father, I love You Whom I do not know, and I embrace You Whom I do not see, and I abandon myself to You Whom I have offended, because You love in me Your only begotten Son. You see Him in me, You embrace Him in me, because He has willed to identify Himself completely with me by that love which brought Him to death, for me, on the Cross. ("Thoughts in Solitude" by Thomas Me...

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Mission Devotional - January 22, 2016

I ask you, Lord Jesus, to develop in me, your lover an immeasurable urge towards you, an affection that is unbounded, longing that is unrestrained, fervor that throws discretion to the winds! The more worthwhile our love for you, all the more pressing does it become. Reason cannot hold it in check, fear does not make it tremble, wise judgment does not temper it. ("The Fire...

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Mission Devotional - January 21, 2016

Lord God, we confess: our lifestyles are too busy, our focus self-centered, and our world is consumed with fear, greed, and pride. Sometimes, Lord, we react to the pains of others with a flippant "who cares?" Yet, in our more receptive times, when Your Voice calls to our innermost beings, we know with absolute certainty two things we desperately need: To be loveā€¦and to l...

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Mission Devotional - January 20, 2016

God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You to cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I might perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. (The Cloud of Unknowing)...

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Mission Devotional - January 19, 2016

Deliver us when we draw near to you, O God, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind: grant that with steadfast hearts and kindled affections, we may worship you in Spirit and in Truth. Amen. ("Venite" by Robert Benson)...

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Mission Devotional - January 18, 2016

God of all that is good and just, grant us courage to walk the path of faith with integrity and wisdom to rely on you to guide our feet toward the level ground of vital Christian community. Test us where we think we are strong, and strengthen us where we know we are wavering. Above all, create in us pure hearts given fully to love of your truth. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer f...

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Mission Devotional - January 17, 2016

Grow, dear friends; but grow, I beseech you, in God's way, which is the only effectual way. See to it that you are planted in grace, and then let the divine Husbandman cultivate you in His own way and by His own means. ("The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith)...

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Mission Devotional - January 16, 2016

Lord Jesus, help me to live my life this day as a son rather than a slave. Do not let fear turn me into something I am not any longer, but help me to know that I am a beloved of the Father. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 14, 2016

Transform me, O God, into the image of your Son Jesus. Help my heart to reflect his heart, and my face to reflect his face. May I shine with his glory all the days of my life. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 13, 2016

Heavenly Father, as the day dawns and calls me to my labors I ask you to enable me to gladly do the work to which you beckon me. May I do it as a servant of Christ doing the will of God from my heart. Amen. ("Disciplines for the Inner Life" by Bob Benson and Michael W. Benson)...

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Mission Devotional - January 12, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to be who and what you made us to be, for then, and only then, will we have any hope doing what you have called us to do. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 11, 2016

Lord Jesus, help me to truly abide in you. Today and every day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 10, 2016

Lord Jesus, flow like a river - like many rivers- in and through my life this day, just like you said you would. That I might be who you made me to be, and thus do what you made me to do. In your name and for your glory. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - January 9, 2016

Almighty God, send the light of thy Son into our lives anew today. Let your presence touch our minds and hearts with your mercy, grace, and truth. Direct our thought, speech, and steps to the end that we may walk in your way today and always. In the name of Christ. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants" by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)...

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Mission Devotional - January 8, 2016

O Lord my God, teach my heart this day where and how to see you, and where and how to find you. - St. Anselm...

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Mission Devotional - January 6, 2016

Father of light, unchanging God, today you reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. - The New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal...

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Mission Devotional - January 5, 2016

O God, who in all ages hast imparted Thyself to man and set alight the fire of faith in his heart: Grant to us the faith which comes from search. Cleanse our lives from all that negates and crushes out faith: fill them with the purity and honesty which fosters it. Search us for the evil that makes unbelief its friend, and drive it far from us. So that being willing, in all...

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Mission Devotional - January 4, 2016

In your unbounded love you have shown us your face and made your way known among all nations. May we recognize in your decision to become one flesh with us and invitation to live gratefully with others as one family, gathered and held together in your holy name. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God" by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)...

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Mission Devotional - January 3, 2016

O Christ, visible expression of the invisible God, thank you for leaving the glory of heaven and coming to earth that we might see with our own eyes the face of God and hear with our own ears the voice of God. And that we might truly come to know the heart of God through you. Amen. ("Watch and Wait" by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - January 2, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to be like you; willing to lay aside our rights and privileges, willing to empty ourselves and humble ourselves, willing to become of no reputation, for your sake and your kingdom and your glory. Amen....

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