August 31 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord God, may your will be accomplished in and through my life this day. By the power of your Spirit and in the name of your Son I pray. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 8:28-30

Journal: How is the process of being conformed to the image of his son going? How are you more like Jesus than you were a year ago? What is a specific area that is still in need of being conformed to his image/will?

Reflection: The soul must just leave itself in the hands of God, and do what he wills it to do, completely disregarding its own advantage and resigning itself as much as it possibly can to the will of God. (Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mike and Stephanie are working with a project called LEARN (Leadership Education and Resource Network) based in Beirut, Lebanon. The project’s aim is to provide high quality, interactive Biblical training via Internet to Arabic-speakers wherever they are found. Pray today for the recent graduates of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary where Mike teaches as they make decisions about where they will continue their ministries. Pray also for Mike and Stephanie as they prepare to return to Lebanon after some time visiting family in the U.S.

FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men’s prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work “Behind the Walls” includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray for the work of FOCUS today.

Closing Prayer: Father, conform us to the image of your son Jesus; that the world might know that we belong to you. Amen.