July 22 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you have placed your treasure within us, these broken clay jars, that your glory might shine through the cracks of our brokenness and reveal to the world your immeasurable beauty. Amen.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7
Journal: Where has God shown up in your brokenness lately? Where has his treasure been evident in your “clay jar” life? How?
Reflection: The contrast is pretty remarkable when you think about it; treasure in jars of clay. I mean, who does that? Who would put something of infinite value inside a container that is beaten, broken, and tattered? I’ll tell you who. God, that’s who! Because somehow the beauty of the treasure becomes most evident when it shines through the cracks of our shattered and broken lives. He can take the bruised, the battered, and the discarded people and things of this life and turn them into something that is amazingly beautiful once again - only because of the priceless treasure he puts within us. That’s just the way he works. He is the God who brings beauty from ashes, who brings life from death, who brings peace from chaos, and who brings wholeness from brokenness. He is the God who turns ordinary fishermen into martyrs, who takes lepers and makes them clean, who takes prostitutes and makes them saints. And I am so glad! Aren’t you?
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
F. & S. are working alongside Arab believers toward the goal of seeing churches planted for those who do not have a church. Their main focus is to work with, mobilize, resource and train nationals for this purpose. Pray today for business needs and wisdome on how to use them to minister to the needs of people. Pray also for someone to direct the Arabic training company and grow it so that it can be a blessing to more people.
At The Restoration House (TRH), they are working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for the Come Serve With Us CSPC volunteers who are working at TRH on July 31. To find out more, go here.
Closing Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you care enough for us to place your treasure inside of us. May people not see us, but the beauty of the treasure we hold. Amen.