July 24 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Into Your hands, we commit our spirits; for you have redeemed us. Keep us as the apple of Your eye, and hide us in the shadow of your wings. Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy. (Venite by Robert Benson)
Scripture: Psalm 17:6-8
Journal: Do you really think God sees you as the apple of his eye? Why or why not? Is it possible that God actually treasures you? What would it look like for you to live as God’s treasured possession?
Reflection: The shoe has been squarely on the other foot this week, but now the tables turn a bit and we see that not only is God our treasure, but we are his. Hard to believe isn’t it? No matter how hard it might be to get our heads around this unbelievable fact, it is still true. And when we start to truly believe it, and start to live like it is true, it changes everything. No longer are we only pushed toward change by inner conviction, but we are also pulled into change by His great affection. And that pull is a powerful one. That pull is able to give us the life with God that we most deeply long for and have always dreamt about. It is able to give us the power and the strength to become all that he imagined us to be from the very beginning. It is the pull of his great affection that reorders all of the other (lesser) affections in our lives and makes us long for his love, his power, and his will in our lives.
You are the apple of his eye. Believe it!
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
H. & L. serve in Asia by providing strategic leadership for colleagues serving in several major urban centers in Asia. Their role involves encouraging and coaching these co-workers in their ministries, as well as networking with others to make sure they have the resources and training that they need for their respective ministries. Pray today for H. & L. as they have recently returned to Hong Kong after some time in the U.S.
The Thornston Educational Fund is an organization whose mission is to initiate and develop relationships with certain educational institutions that serve the needs of underprivileged individuals and families in Asia. Pray today for the organization’s work and for the people that are served through it.
Closing Prayer: Lord you are my Lover, it is you whom I desire. You flow through my body like a stream, you shine on my face like the sun. Let me be your reflection. - St. Mechthildis