Mission Devotional - December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Opening Prayer: Teach me your ways, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11, NIV)

Scripture: Psalm 86:11

Journal: What does it mean to walk in God's truth? To have an undivided heart? To fear his name?

Reflection: But in the epiphany of the night of darkness and pain and near despair, the holiness of God became an ecstasy, a captivity of adoration, a heart-smiting and heart-cleansing and heart possessing reality. I was caught up and then bowed in enthralled worship. I wanted to be wholly so engaged forever. I wanted everything I said or did to be an act of worship. What I had become aware of thrillingly and exclusively, was a holiness that is wholeness! It includes everything the human heart at its best craves, everything the human mind in its greatest moments reaches after, everything the authentic self needs for its fulfillment. It was goodness of infinite dimensions, truth transcending all limitations; beauty endlessly satisfying; mercy without limit; forgiveness equal to every desperate sin; wisdom surpassing all human knowledge; everything of value in time and eternity; and always there, without variation, for everybody, in every situation.

In the Presence thus manifested there was nothing that at any time diminishes his perfections, dilutes his redemptive powers, modifies his living eagerness to help his creatures fulfill their destiny. I was ravishingly made aware that the Presence is always the Presence-in-the-fullness-of-his-being, in his concern for all of us, in the inexhaustibleness of his saving energies, in the responsibility he assumes for every one of his children. (The Captivating Presence by Albert Edward Day)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Tom and Juanita Matthews serve in Tanzania and Kenya. Tom is a translation consultant to Bible translation teams from multiple people groups. Some of the groups are minimally reached for Christ and some are dominated by Islam. Pray today for the Rendille NT translation team's work that has been slowed by their typesetter's computer and software and the outbreak of malaria among the Rendille.

Joni and Friends Knoxville ministers to families and individuals affected by disabilities in Knoxville and Tennessee as well as in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and in Guatemala. The vision of Joni and Friends is to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community by communicating the gospel and equipping Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. Pray today for the Knoxville staff of Joni and Friends and the families they will connect with this month.

Closing Prayer: You, O Lord, are holy, and created us to live and to walk in your holiness. That is how we become all that you intended us to be. Help us to become that! Amen.