February 8 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: Our Father, giver of all gifts, You love and choose us, your least ones. Increase our humility so that we might rejoice in the generosity of Your love and be mindful that the good in us comes from You, Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life, now and forever. Amen. - Macrina Wiederkehr
Scripture Reading for the Day: John 15:9-17
Reading for Reflection: Joy is essential to spiritual life. Whatever we may think or say about God, when we are not joyful, our thoughts and words cannot bear fruit. Jesus reveals to us God’s love so that His joy may become ours and that our joy might become complete. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing - sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death - can take that love away. (Here and Now by Henri J.M. Nouwen)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Martyn and Elissa live in a Creative Access country as “Tent Makers.” Martyn’s work gives him unparalleled access to the local population. Pray today for a new friend of theirs to come to Christ. She is reading about Jesus at home regularly and loves to hear stories about Him.
Young Life Tennessee seeks to pursue and befriend lost or disinterested teenagers to introduce them to Jesus, share the gospel, and help them grow in their faith. Pray today for all of the students reached by Knoxville Young Life that they may know the love of Jesus during this semester. Jason Zinn of Young Life Birmingham will be our guest at this year’s Global Mission Conference. Be sure to meet him and ask how you can pray for this ministry.
Closing Prayer: O God, quicken to life every power within me, that I may lay hold of eternal things. Open my eyes that I may see; give me acute spiritual perception; enable me to taste Thee and know that Thou art good. Make heaven more real to me than any earthly thing has ever been. (The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer)