Mission Devotional - December 28, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Opening Prayer: I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

Scripture: John 15:5-9

Journal: How aware of God are you throughout your day? What does it mean to abide in him? How do you stay in constant contact with him?

Reflection: All true prayer somehow confesses our absolute dependence on the Lord of life and death. It is, therefore, a deep and vital contact with Him Whom we know not only as Lord but as Father. It is when we pray truly that we really are. Our being is brought to a high perfection by this, which is one of its most perfect activities. When we cease to pray, we tend to fall back into nothingness. True, we continue to exist. But since the main reason for our existence is the knowledge and love of God, when our conscious contact with Him is severed we sleep or we die. Of course, we cannot always, or even often, remain clearly conscious of Him. Spiritual wakefulness demands only the habitual awareness of Him which surrounds all our actions in a spiritual atmosphere without formally striking our attention except at certain moments of keener perception. But if God leaves us so completely that we are no longer disposed to think of Him with love, then we are spiritually dead. (No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Kenton and Ariana Wood serve in Guadalajara, Mexico as church planters. Pray today for Kenton who oversees a mother church that has six services on Sunday. Pray also for the Purépecha Indians in the nearby state of Michoacan that they may be reached with the gospel.

CSPC has planted a church in the Bearden area of Knoxville. New Life Gathering is led by CSPC Associate Pastor Scott Jackson. They meet on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 6800 Baum Drive. Pray today for Scott and other church leaders as they seek to serve those in Knoxville who might not be drawn to a traditional church setting. Their mission statement is "We exist to build a family of passionate followers of Jesus who make a difference through loving, serving, and creating new opportunities for people from all walks of life to belong in the kingdom of God."

Closing Prayer: Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. (Psalm 84:4)