July 1 Devotional

Opening Prayer:  Lord, enfold me in the depths of your heart; and there hold me, refine, purge, and set me on fire, raise me aloft, until my own self knows utter annihilation. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Scripture Reading: John 17:20-26

Journal: What captures you most about Jesus’ prayer for you? What is your sense of union with God these days? How would you describe your intimacy level with him? What might help move that to deeper places? 

Reflection: God dwells within you. You are yourself the tabernacle, his secret hiding place. Rejoice, exult, for all you could possibly desire, all your heart’s longing is so close, so intimate as to be within you; you cannot be without him. - John of the Cross

Some people live for God, some people live with God, some people live in God. (Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul G. is the International Director of Training for Christar and also serves as an Internet pastor. Paul and Nancy founded an NGO, The Oomit Corporation (“Oomit” means “hope”), to work in Central Asia with special needs children. Oomit brings the light of Jesus to a spiritually dark place so that families might have hope. Pray today for provision for Paul and Nancy and for those whom they are training.

Keymedia uses television, radio, the Internet and printed literature as well as local missionaries, in their Arabic and Muslim target countries, for the key purpose of planting churches and discipling local believers to take the gospel to their nation’s people. Pray today for those who are planting churches as a result of this organization.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to never settle living for you, or even with you, when you desire us to live in you. Amen.