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Mission Devotional - February 29, 2016

Blessed Father! We humbly beseech Thee, let none that wait on Thee be ashamed; no, not one. Some are weary, and the time of waiting appears long. And some are feeble, and scarcely know how to wait. And some are so entangled in the effort of their prayers and their work, they think that they can find no time to wait continually. Father, teach us how to wait. Teach us to thi...

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Mission Devotional - February 28, 2016

Today, O Lord - let me put right before interest: let me put others before self: let me put things of the Spirit before the things of the body: Let me put the attainment of noble ends before the enjoyment of present pleasures: let me put principle above reputation: let me put you before all else. Amen. ("A Diary of Private Prayer" by John Baillie)...

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Mission Devotional - February 27, 2016

My God, my Father, when I consider your greatness and your goodness, when my heart is bowed in adoration before the Holy One who inhabits eternity, my spirits sink as I remember that your thoughts have not been my thoughts and your ways have not been my ways. I have fallen far short of your glory. I have not been what I might have been; I have no done what I might have don...

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Mission Devotional - February 26, 2016

Lord Jesus, thank you that you partook of the same things we struggle with. Therefore, you are able to understand and come to our aid in the midst of temptation in a way that you would not otherwise be able to. Thanks that you were willing to go there, so that you might be able to offer us help and hope in our time of need. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 24, 2016

Lord Jesus, forgive us when we succumb to the temptation to take the easy way out, to try to come to you yet avoid the high cost you being fully yours. Forgive us when we worship and serve the things of this world rather than the One who made them. Help us, O Lord, at all times and in all ways, to worship you and you alone. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 23, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to recognize the voice of temptation in our lives, no matter how subtle it may be. And give us the wisdom and the strength to stand in the power of your Word and your Spirit against the lies of the enemy. In your name and by your power we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 22, 2016

Lead us not into temptation, O Lord, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 21, 2016

Lord God, our heavenly Father, may we always remember that we are your Beloved children, and may that knowledge give us the strength and the power and the encouragement we need to be victorious over temptation....

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Mission Devotional - February 20, 2016

I feel your love as you hold me to your sacred heart, my beloved Jesus, my God, my Master, but I feel, too, the need I have of your tenderness, and your caress because of my infinite weakness. - Charles de Foucauld...

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Mission Devotional - February 18, 2016

Lord Jesus, when you call us to follow you, you do not give us the discretion to pick and choose when that is convenient or comfortable. In fact, you often lead us to places that we would rather not go. Give us the strength and the faith and courage to follow you, all the way, wherever you may lead us. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 17, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to realize that it makes your heart glad when we give you all we have to give - no matter what that might be. Give us the strength and the courage to give you all of our love, all of our affection, all of our attention, all of our possessions, as well as all of our time and energy. You gave it to us, the least we could do is give it all back to you. Ame...

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Mission Devotional - February 16, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to realize that unless you wash us we have no part with you. Wash us clean this day of all that keeps us from being completely yours. Make us whole. Make us new. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 15, 2016

Lord God, forgive us for wanting to just nibble on the edges of faith rather than committing ourselves to the whole thing. You gave your all for us and you require all of us in return. Help us to feed fully on you, and to stop feeding at the table of this world any longer. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 14, 2016

I beg of You, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from You, and You from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of Your sight, Your control, Your reprehension; of Your speech and conversation, of Your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing You, hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching You; fearing and being mindful...

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Mission Devotional - February 13, 2016

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You this day, in thought word and deed; by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole hearts; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight ...

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Mission Devotional - February 12, 2016

Come on, let's go back to God. He hurt us, but he'll heal us. He hit us hard, but he'll put us right again. In a couple of days we'll feel better. By the third day he'll have made us brand-new, alive and on our feet, fit to face him. We're ready to study God, eager for God-knowledge. As sure as dawn breaks, so sure is his daily arrival. He comes as rain comes, as spring ra...

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Mission Devotional - February 11, 2016

O God, Lover of our souls, forgive us when we turn away and chase after people and things that were never intended to fully satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. Forgive us, O Lord, and bring us back once again to your arms of mercy and affection. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 10, 2016

Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ's eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate. Give me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting. An...

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Mission Devotional - February 9, 2016

O God, our Heavenly Father, help us to come to our senses today and return to you, whatever that may look like. And when we do, help us find you there to meet us: running, leaping, laughing, hugging, kissing, and celebrating. It is more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 8, 2016

Teach me, God, to make room for you in all the events and affairs of my days. Then I shall find rest. Then I will be at peace with myself and with you. ("A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God" by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)...

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Mission Devotional - February 7, 2016

O Lord, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence we shall be strengthened: By your Spirit lift us to Your presence, where we may be still and know that You are God. - from "The Prayer of Quiet Confidence"...

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Mission Devotional - February 6, 2016

Loving Father, teach me to love and care for those that need you today. Those who are passed over and do not feel love unless I love them for you. May Christ's love for others be felt through me today. In your name and by your power I pray these things. Amen. ("Disciplines for the Inner Life" by Bob Benson)...

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Mission Devotional - February 5, 2016

Thank you, O God, for meeting me here in ways far beyond my knowing. I thank you for working in me in ways far deeper than my awareness. I thank you for your love. It enfolds me even when I am most resistant to your presence. I thank you for your grace. It offers yourself to me even when my back is turned. I thank you, as I come to you this day, for the infinite variety of...

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Mission Devotional - February 4, 2016

Lord Jesus, help us to see that the bottom line of this amazing life we have been called to here on earth is not to serve ourselves, to win friends, or to influence people, but to serve you - regardless of the cost. Help us to have the strength and the courage to do that today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - February 3, 2016

O God of peoples, nations and history; you who became incarnate in the midst of economic, social and political injustice; you who call us to incarnate the reality of your kingdom in the midst of the world's destructive values, structures and dynamics; we confess that we would much rather limit our relationship with you to the comfortable confines of our own insulated world...

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Mission Devotional - February 2, 2016

Lord Jesus, forgive us when our ambition is to become greatest, first, or best; for when we strive after those things we have ceased striving after you. You call us to a much different life, to a much more noble ambition. You call us to become lowest, least, and last. Help us to see that your values are much different from that of the world we live in. And help us to follo...

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Mission Devotional - February 1, 2016

Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. ("Seeking the Heart of God" by Mother Teresa)...

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