April 26 Devotional
Opening Prayer: God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing. - Sarum Primer, 16th century
Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-6
Journal: What direction are you seeking from God in your life these days? What does it look like to trust in him and to lean not on your own understanding? Who might be a helpful companion to journey alongside you in this discernment process?
Reflection: Spiritual direction is a conversation with another in which we share our life, our experience of prayer, the movement of the Spirit within us. As the other person listens, prays with us, and points out certain things we may not have noticed, we become more attentive and responsive to the Spirit’s action in our life. He or she also helps us pay attention to God as he actively reveals himself. God’s voice can be heard more clearly when the muddle of our thoughts is clarified. (Beginning Contemplative Prayer by Kathryn J. Hermes)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Jeff and Ellen work among unreached people groups in two restricted access countries of Southeast Asia catalyzing Church Planting Movements. Pray today for new workers to join Mekong Ministries to reach unreached people groups. The Black Hmong and Dong are the two groups they urgently need workers for. Pray today for the many other unreached people groups of Southeast Asia. Jeff and Ellen are helping others engage new groups.
Since 1996, the Mission of Hope has ministered to the people of various counties in Kentucky and Tennessee from which 80% of the residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry. In their first event in 1996 they were able to assist 150 children. This past Christmas, because of the generosity of so many people, the Mission of Hope was able to help more than 18,000 children and their families with food, clothes, toys and hygiene items. Pray today for all of the end of the school year parties the MOH will have in sponsored schools.
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen. - St. Thomas Aquinas