February 4 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: O Lord, as we spend time with you and your Word this day, let us hear the words of your Ancient Song; and let us listen closely for the Song of God that rises in our hearts. In Christ. Amen.
Scripture Reading for the Day: Isaiah 26:1-9
Reading for Reflection: I have been greatly instructed by the story of Ulysses, when he was sailing past the islands of the Sirens. These Sirens had the power of charming by their songs all who listened to them, and of inducing them to leap into the sea. To avert this danger, Ulysses filled the ears of his crew with wax, that they might not hear the fatal music, and bound himself to the mast with knotted cords; and thus they passed the isle in safety. But when Orpheus was obliged to sail by the same island, he gained a better victory, for he himself made sweeter music than that of the Sirens, and enchanted his crew with more alluring songs; so that they passed the dangerous charmers not only with safety, but with disdain. Wax and knotted cords kept Ulysses and his crew from making the fatal leap; but inward delights enabled Orpheus and his crew to reign triumphant over the very source of temptation itself. And just so is it with the Kingdom of which we speak. It needs no outward law to bind it, but reigns by right of its inward life. So that it is said of those who have entered it, “Against such there is no law.” (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
John and Kathy Lesondak are church planters who work across denominational lines in Slovakia to encourage and enable pastors in their work. Pray today that they would continue to learn the Slovak language and that their health would endure.
CSPC member Clayton Wood is the director of Thrive Lonsdale. This organization challenges inner-city youth with the love of Jesus Christ to serve others and reconcile by creatively meeting their spiritual, educational, and recreational needs through Bible study, tutoring, mentoring and outings. Pray today for all of the students being reached by this ministry.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. (Isaiah 26: 8-9, ESV)