June 22 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O God, our Father, the One from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth derives its name, we thank you that you want fullness for us. And not merely all the fullness we can hold, but you long for us to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. That is more fullness than we dare image, ask for, or dream about. Thank you that that’s your deepest desire for us in Christ. We pray in his name. Amen.
Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21
Journal: What word best describes your life with Christ right now: dwelling, rooted, or filled? How are each of these three words taking shape in your inner life right now? What is the relationship between the three?
Reflection: Transformation and intimacy both cry out for ministry. We are led through the furnace of God’s purity not just for our own sake but also for the sake of others. We are drawn up into the bosom of God’s love not merely to experience acceptance but also so we can give His love to others.
The world writhes under the pain of its arrogance and self-sufficiency. We can make a difference, if we will.
In earlier days, we tried to serve out of our spiritual bankruptcy, and we failed. We now know that ministry must flow out of abundance.
Bernard of Clairvaux writes, “If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than a canal. For a canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day, we have many canals, few reservoirs.” We have determined to be reservoirs. (Prayer by Richard J. Foster)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Phil C. has been serving in Eurasia for over 10 years. His focus has been the Tatar people, a largely Muslim people group. Phil has worked with others in launching a local organization that provides language instruction with the goal of helping to equip believers to bring the light of the gospel to the least-reached in their own language. Pray today for his students to be diligent in their studies with the idea of using their new language in ministry to Tatars.
Gospel Wave Media is a satellite and Internet ministry that produces, records and broadcasts Christian television programs to Central Asia. Pray today for Shohrat and his team as they share the truth of the gospel with Muslims.
Closing Prayer: My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit - not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength - that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19, The Message)