May 3 Devotional
Opening Prayer: God, of thy goodness, give me Thyself; for Thou art enough for me, and I can ask for nothing less that can be full honor to Thee. And if I ask anything that is less, ever shall I be in want, for only in Thee have I all.” - Julian of Norwich
Scripture: Luke 5:12-16
Journal: What is the current balance in your life between solitude and ministry? What happens if it is all ministry and no solitude? What happens if it is all solitude and no ministry? What does the life rhythm of Jesus have to teach us?
Reflection: Christian ministry is a ministry of the whole person. It is an expression of the life of Christ, a life that at every point must confront the world as it is - not critically, but with the awareness that it is in the world, with all its complexity, that God chooses to reveal himself. In solitude we await God. We await him as he reveals himself in the deep silence of our lives and in the dreams and ongoing reflections that constitute our life experience. We await him as he reveals himself in the presence of another human being, for this, too, is an experience of solitude. Ministry, as has been said before, is not born in activity, but in solitude. It is the natural expression of our ongoing life with the risen Lord. Christian ministry has meaning to the degree that it reflects both the spirit and the substance of Christ’s ministry to the world. - James C. Fenhagen
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.
Cedar Springs partners with Redeemer City to City to plant churches in urban areas around the world. Pray for the church planters that are supported throughout the world.
Closing Prayer: Lord, I do not know what to ask you; only you know what I need. I simply present myself to you; I open my heart to you. I have no other desire than to accomplish your will. Teach me to pray. (Little Book of Prayers by Francois Fenelon)