Mission Devotional - December 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Opening Prayer: O God, help our faith in you to take concrete shape and form in our lives this day. May we always walk in such a way that it speaks of you, and our love for you, and reveals your love and your character to everyone we come in contact with. Amen.

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-3

Journal: How are you walking these days? How is your walk with God ordering and determining your walk in the world?

Reflection: Holiness and devotion must now come forth from the closet and the chapel to possess the street and the factory, the schoolroom and boardroom, the scientific laboratory and the governmental office. Instead of a select few making religion their life, with the power and inspiration realized through the spiritual disciplines, all of us can make our daily lives and vocations be "the house of God and the gate of heaven." The living Christ will make it happen through us as we dwell with him in life appropriately disciplined in the spiritual Kingdom of God.

The Spirit of the Disciplines is nothing but the love of Jesus, with its resolute will to be like him whom we love. (The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

F and S are working alongside Arab believers toward the goal of seeing churches planted for those who do not have a church. Their focus is to mobilize, resource and train nationals for this purpose. Pray today for the 90 leaders who will finish their training before the end of the year.

Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM) provides emergency shelter and food to homeless men and women and offers recovery for those seeking a way out of drug and alcohol abuse. Pray today for KARM's work with the homeless and all the volunteers that assist with this mission. Pray today for KARM and those in the Knoxville homeless community that they will feed, assist and care for during the winter months.

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