March 11 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O Lord, you who searches our hearts and knows our every thought, give us, by your Spirit, a wholehearted devotion and a willingness of mind, that we might truly seek you, and, thus, be found by you. It is the deepest longing of our soul. In the name and power of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Scripture Reading for the Day: 1 Chronicles 28:8-10
Journal: What words in this passage capture your attention? Why? What does it look like to serve God with a whole heart and willing mind? What is the current state of your heart? What is the current state of your mind? What would it look like to seek him this day?
Reflection: When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the and lies our great woe. If we omit the and we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing. (The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
A. and B. are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for success in a new program to provide cross-cultural training for Chinese university graduates before they go abroad.
Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Cru, is ministering to college athletes at the University of Tennessee. Rachel and Jason Stankus minister to and through the athletic department at the University of Tennessee and are trusting God to build a spiritual movement that impacts the campus, community and world for Christ. Pray today for all the athletes at UT that they may be reached with the gospel. Rachel & Jason were our guests at last week’s Global Mission Conference.
Closing Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)