April 14 Devotional
Opening Prayer: One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Journal: The image that we most often behold is the image we will ultimately be formed into. What do you spend most of your day beholding? How is that reflected in who and what you are becoming? What does it mean to behold the Lord? How well are you reflecting him these days?
Reflection: When the soul is occupied with looking away from present trials into the face of Christ, and making this a regular and passionate occupation, this soul will become more tranquil and still, and therefore more able to reflect the Being it adores. This reflected glory will enable us to love our neighbor as ourselves. - Marian Scheele
Truth sees God, and wisdom beholds God, and from these two comes the third, and that is a marvelous delight in God, which is love. - Julian of Norwich
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Steve and Ruth Porter center their ministry around Steve’s dentistry at the Miango Dental Clinic in Nigeria. Their goal is to provide high quality dentistry, a winsome witness, sound teaching, and a compassionate outreach to those in need. They minister to local pastors, teachers, and other church employees, offering their services for the cost of the materials they use. Pray today for the Porters as they have recently resumed their ministries after an extended medical leave and time in the U.S.
Joni and Friends Knoxville ministers to families and individuals affected by disabilities in Knoxville, TN, as well as in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and in Guatemala. The vision of Joni and Friends is to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community by communicating the gospel and equipping Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. Pray today for the Knoxville staff of Joni and Friends.
Closing Prayer: Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, O God. (Psalm 27:7-9)