Mission Devotional - December 19, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Opening Prayer: Confirm me, Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and give me grace to be strong inwardly in soul and to cast out from it all unprofitable business of the world and of the flesh, that it may not be led by unstable desires of earthly things…

Therefore, O Lord, give me true heavenly wisdom, that I may learn to seek you and to find you, and above all things to love you, and to understand and know all other things as they are, after the direction of your wisdom, and not otherwise. - Thomas à Kempis

Scripture: Psalm 16:1-11

Journal: What is the state of your soul these days? What is affecting it most? How will you seek God in that?

Reflection: Oh to have the grace to be strong inwardly in my soul, and to be led not by the unstable desires of my flesh; what a joy that would be. Instead, it is my constant battle. In fact, the older I get, the more I realize what a mess I really am. In my younger days I had a much higher opinion of myself. Funny how time has a tendency to reveal the truth about things. With age comes wisdom (not that I have much of that, wisdom I mean). Wisdom to see things as they are, not through the world's eyes but through God's. In my thirties, I had a hard time truly believing the words of the ancient prayer: "Apart from you I have no good thing." (Psalm 16:2). I was full of myself. I thought I had a lot to offer this poor old world. But sitting in my place of prayer this morning, at 57, I have no trouble believing the words of Psalm 16:2 at all. Apart from God I am a total and complete mess. But I think that realization is a really good thing. It is that realization that causes me to recognize my great need for God. It is that realization that leads me to seek him. And seeking him is what this life is all about. Thanks be to God!

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Joe and Cindy Platillero proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through Biblical teaching and practical training to all who come through their doors. Their main ministry is through the Torchbearer Center where they have camps, conferences, and a small Bible School during the winter. Pray today for Spanish youth to truly seek Christ with their lives which feels impossible in this aggressively secular society.

Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach (KICKO) is a para-church ministry with a mission to "Mobilize the Message of Hope" to the at-risk children in our inner-city neighborhoods. This is done through a unique program called Sidewalk SONday School. Large trucks, outfitted to take the church into these communities, allow them to share the gospel with children at multiple locations each week. Pray today for all the families that have been touched during the month's Christmas events throughout our city.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, you know what a mess I am apart from you; please save me from myself. Amen.