August 24 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us hear your words this day: “The time is fulfilled, the kingdom is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” And give us the grace and the strength to do just that. Amen.

Scripture: Mark 1:14-15

Journal: What does the word repent mean to you? Why do you think it is usually tied to the word believe? What does repentance look like in your life right now? What do you need to turn away from? How is God calling you to turn toward him?

Reflection: Biblically speaking, to repent doesn’t mean to feel sorry about, to regret. It means to turn, to turn around 180 degrees. It means to undergo a complete change of mind, heart, direction. Turn away from madness, cruelty, shallowness, blindness. Turn toward the tolerance, compassion, sanity, hope, justice that we all have in us at our best. (Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons by Frederick Buechner)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Bruce and Laura Harris run SEND International’s camp and conference ministry in the mountains of western Tokyo. In this ministry, their goal is to glorify God by serving the church of Jesus Christ through camping programs of evangelism and Biblical education. Pray today for Bruce and Laura as they wrap up the summer camping season.

The Delhi Bible Fellowship, Daskhinpuri, is one of the oldest and largest Hindi congregations in Delhi. They have 18 services all across the city. Pray today for the leaders of their different locations as they share the gospel in Delhi, India.

Closing Prayer: Turn us away, O God, from our self-centered patterns, agendas, and plans. Turn us away from our pride and arrogance and control. Turn us away from all of the attitudes and behaviors that ultimately lead to sin and death. And turn us back towards you once again, our good and holy God; that we might be conformed to the image of your Son more and more each day. Amen.