July 17 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Deliver us when we draw near to you, O God, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind: grant that with steadfast hearts and kindled affections, we may worship you in Spirit and in Truth. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)
Scripture: Proverbs 4:20-27
Journal: What is springing up in your heart these days? What is giving you life? How will you keep your heart set on Jesus?
Reflection: Indeed, if we will listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We’ve heard it in our favorite music, sensed it at the birth of our first child, been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean. The Romance is even present in times of great personal suffering: the illness of a child, the loss of a marriage, the death of a friend. Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty, and adventure.
This longing is the most powerful part of any human personality. It fuels our search for meaning, for wholeness, for a sense of being truly alive. However we may describe this deep desire, it is the most important thing about us, our heart of hearts, the passion of our life. And the voice that calls to us in this place is none other than the voice of God. (The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge)
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 growth of Martyn’s business so that it can better support us and so that it can open more doors for ministry.
Cedar Springs partners with Redeemer City to City to plant churches in urban areas around the world. Pray for all of the church planters that are supported throughout the world.
Closing Prayer: Drive far from us all wrong desires, O God, and incline our hearts to keep your ways. Grant that having cheerfully done your will this day we may, when night comes, rejoice and give you thanks. Through the one who lives a reigns with you and your Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)