June 13 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O Lord, help us to not lose heart when times get hard, but instead help us to cling tightly to you. By your Spirit guard us, protect us, and renew us. Help us to realize that these light and momentary struggles are achieving for us and eternal weight of glory that is beyond all comparison. Help us, O Lord, when things look bleak, to always keep our eyes firmly fixed on you - the unseen God - rather than on the visible circumstances around us. In the name and power of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Journal: In what ways are you most tempted to lose heart these days? What is the usual cause? How do you feel like your “outer self” is wasting away? How is your “inner self” being renewed day by day? What does it specifically mean for you, this week, to fix your eyes on the unseen rather than what is seen?
Reflection: Long you must suffer, knowing not what, until suddenly out of spitefully chewed fruit your suffering’s taste comes forth in you. Then you will love almost instantly what’s tasted. No one will ever talk you out of it. - Rainer Maria Rilke
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Kenton Wood serves in Guadalajara, Mexico as a church planter. Pray today for Kenton who oversees a mother church that has six services on Sunday. Pray also for the Purépecha Indians in the nearby state of Michoacan that they may be reached with the gospel.
Volunteers provide weekly English classes at CSPC for those who need to improve their language skills. Classes meet on Thursdays in the morning and in the evening. There is an optional Bible study held after the morning classes. The ESL students and teachers hold holiday parties, go on outings and picnics, and do other fun things together. Pray today for volunteers and leaders who will return to teaching ESL in the fall.
Closing Prayer: So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, The Message)