April 25 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Forgive me, O God, when I demand that you dance to my tune, rather than me dancing to yours. Forgive me when I try to make you play by my rules, rather than me playing by yours. Forgive me when I try to determine the direction and agenda for my life, rather than operating by yours. For, when I do this, it shows how far I still have to go - and to grow - in my relationship with you. I am still such a child in my faith; filled with childish ways and childish attitudes. Help me, O Jesus, to grow up fully into you. You be the One who always determines how I live my life. In your name and for your glory. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 7:31-35

Journal: What are you demanding from God these days? Where are you trying to make the rules? Where are you the one trying to set the agenda and the direction? What song are you playing that God is refusing to dance to?

Reflection: Let us never be mistaken about one thing: Jesus only comes to us on his terms, not our own. We can never demand, control, or manipulate him - although we constantly try. Even though the incarnation proves that he is the God who comes, he does so on our turf, but only on his terms. He is the one in control and he will not give that up. We, therefore, cannot demand that God behave the way we want him to, or he will just not show up at all. For when we try to dictate the how and the when of his coming, we have stopped seeking him altogether. At that point we are no longer seeking God, we are seeking to become God.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Isik Abla hosts a satellite TV program called “Light for the Heart” on the Kanal Hayat Turkish-language channel. She also hosts a live call-in program that is simulcast on the Turkish and Farsi channels throughout the Middle East and Europe. These TV programs deliver the message of love, healing, and freedom through Christ Jesus, reflecting on Isik’s own life experience. Pray today for Isik and the “Light for the Heart” program to reach many with the gospel.

The Málaga Media Center is a ministry catalyst creating and establishing new reproducing churches by communicating Biblical truth through media and partnership. It is located in Málaga, Spain. Pray today for the leaders of this organization.

Closing Prayer: Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; do with me what You will. 

Whatever You do I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures, I ask no more than this, my Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to You, O Lord, with all the love of my heart, for I love You, my God, and so need to give myself - to surrender myself into Your hands, without reserve and with total confidence, for You are my Father. - Charles de Foucauld