Mission Devotional - August 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me always to see that the end purpose of my life is to give myself away for your kingdom, whatever that may look like. And you don't desire me to give myself away in meager measure, but extravagantly. You want to pour through me like a river, not trickle through me like a leaky faucet. Therefore, help me to continuously make space in my life for your filling, otherwise I really have nothing to offer this lost and broken world. Amen.

Scripture: John 20:19-22

Journal: How is God calling you to give your life away? What does that look like concretely? What does it mean that as the he sent Jesus, now he is sending you?

Reflection: The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives, the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself. Today there are many in the Church who act like canals, the reservoirs are far too rare. You must learn to await this fullness before pouring out your gifts, do not try to be more generous than God. - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

John and Kathy Lesondak are church planters who work across denominational lines in Slovakia to encourage and enable pastors in their work. The Lesondaks utilize various opportunities to engage with local residents, including the "Mami Klub" (Mommy Club) for young mothers and a men's Bible Study for both seekers and believers. Pray today that all their talents would be put to work for Christ's sake.

Echo Resources is a ministry to ministers. ER's vision is for ministers to live in deeper intimacy with Christ, family and community, and to thus have greater effect for God's Kingdom. Pray today for Buddy Odom as he leads this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, fill me to overflowing with your love and affection, that I may drench everyone that comes into my path with your life and love and peace and joy. For the sake of your kingdom. Amen.