Mission Devotional - December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Opening Prayer: One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5, ESV)

Scripture: Psalm 27:1-14

Journal: What words or images from this psalm make something come alive within you? Why? How are you seeking God's face these days? What effect is it having in your life?

Reflection: O Holy Mystery, You who entered into the depths of my brokenness that I might be filled with Your fullness, enflame my heart Your indwelling love that I might desire You above all else. May my growing love for You lead me to offer myself to You through practices of devotion and service. Through these practices may the light of Your cruciform love break the power of the persistent shadows of my false self. May Your light illuminate my darkness. May Your cruciform love consume all evil in me. May Your wholeness heal my brokenness and make me a child of light. (The Deeper Journey by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr.)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

J and C are working in a Creative Access country for World Outreach. J. is developing an entry platform using sustainable technologies that will provide income and economic development for the people there. Pray today that the first harvest over the next few weeks will be successful and pave the way towards the goal of financial independence for the project.

KDEC or Kasr el Dobara Evangelistic Church is the largest evangelical church in the middle east. Started in 1948, it has grown to a membership of 8,000 members. Pray today for the ministry leaders of this church.

Closing Prayer: Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek." Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:7-14, ESV)