July 29 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you chose us in order that we might bear fruit, fruit that would last. Help us to ever and always remain in you so that that might indeed be the case. Amen.
Scripture: John 15:9-17
Journal: How well are you abiding in his love these days? What kind of fruit is that producing in you? What does the knowledge that we were chosen in order to bear fruit do within you?
Reflection: I have always enjoyed the part of the prayer that suggests to us that we are taken by God, that we are chosen. “You did not choose me, I chose you,” we are told Jesus said to His friends once, and I claim it for myself as often as I feel I can get away with it. I remind myself of the hope of it when the darkness comes, and celebrate the astonishment of it when the Light is all around me. (Living Prayer by Robert Benson)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
M. is living in an area in Southeast Asia where the Tai Lue, an unreached people group, live. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for three local men who go to different areas during the week to share the Good News. Thank God for the love and boldness of these men and pray that the groups they meet with will all grow close with God and learn to lead themselves and others, going out to impact their communities.
In community with the local church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. World Relief is on the ground in South Sudan working with families internally displaced by the current violence. Pray today for continuing earthquake relief in Nepal.
Closing Prayer: Thank you, O God, that were chosen for much bigger reasons than we will ever fully understand. We were chosen in order to be a part of a much bigger story; the story of others coming to discover their own wonderfully mysterious chosenness. Thanks for making us a part of this eternal work. Amen.