August 7 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer

Scripture: John 1:35-42

Journal: What are you seeking? What do you think God is seeking from you? What do you think God is seeking for you? 

Reflection: But how is one to find his true place in life? Is there any means whereby you may discover what it really is that God wishes you to do? You may feel inclined to say: “Even if it be true that God has some splendid thing that he wishes for me to do, and to be, how can I possibly find out what it is?” Perhaps you may even be tempted to add: “I am very plain, everyday sort of person; my circumstances are extremely restricted; the conditions of my life are just drab and commonplace. How then can there be something wonderful, beautiful, splendid awaiting me? Or, even if there were, how could I possibly get to know about it?” And the answer is Divinely simple - already in your past life from time to time, God himself has whispered into your heart just that very wonderful thing, whatever it is, that he is wishing you to be, and to do, and to have. And that wonderful thing is nothing less than what is called Your Heart’s Desire. Nothing less than that. The most secret, sacred wish that lies deep down at the bottom of your heart, the wonderful thing that you hardly dare to look at, or to think about - the thing that you would rather die than have anyone else know of, because it seems so far beyond anything that you are, or have at the present time, that you fear that you would be cruelly ridiculed if the mere thought of it were known - that is just the very thing that God is wishing you to do or to be for him. And the birth of that marvelous wish in your soul - the dawning of the secret dream - was the Voice of God himself telling you to arise and come up higher because he had need of you. (Your Heart’s Desire by Emmet Fox)

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 be used by God to reach many with the gospel.

Arab World Media clearly presents Jesus Christ to the Arab world audiences. This is done by recording scriptures, Bible stories, sermons, and Arabic Christian music for broadcast by partner agencies for outreach and for the encouragement of Arab world believers. Pray today for the work of the Holy Spirit as hearts are prepared to encounter the gospel.

Closing Prayer: Christ Jesus, by your Spirit you come and kindle a burning light in us.

We know well that it is not we who create this source of light, but you, the Risen Lord. To all of us, you give the one thing that matters and which is hidden from our own eyes: a peaceful trust in God and also poverty in spirit, so that with a great thirst for the realities of God, we may take the risk of letting you accompany us, O Christ, and of accompanying, in our turn, those whom you entrust to us. - Brother Roger