Mission Devotional - February 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, is anything too hard for you? Is anything too difficult for you to accomplish? Is anything too broken for you to make whole? Is anything too lost for you to redeem? Give us complete trust, O Sovereign Lord, in your awesome power and in your extravagant love. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Journal: What is the most significant ongoing temptation in your spiritual life these days? How has God helped you in the midst of that?

Reflection: We must not, therefore, despair when we are tempted but pray to God with so much more fervor, that he may vouchsafe to help us in all tribulations, who, no doubt, according to the saying of St. Paul, will "make such issue with the temptation, that we may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Let us, therefore, humble our souls under the hand of God in all temptations and tribulations, for the humble in spirit He will save and exalt. (Imitation of Christ  by Thomas A Kempis)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

J & F live and work in one of the poorest and most heavily populated states in their country. They are seeking to make a difference in this state in both physical and spiritual realms. They have launched a micro-finance business that is creating self-sustaining means of support for churches and church plants as well as continuing to provide funds for the installation of hand pumps to provide clean water to needy areas of the state. Pray for continued growth in the leadership of their microfinance program and the many families being helped through loans to women. Also, please pray that God will help all of those involved in church planting in this area to be effective.

The Philadelphians Prison Ministry has been ministering in Tennessee prisons for 27+ years. Its purpose is to change the thinking of a prisoner through the power and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is done through strong Bible teaching with praise and worship services, weekly in prison group meetings, the HELP program, and a transitional housing program, the HELP House, in Knoxville. Christian ministry counseling is given to inmates' loved ones, the "silent victims" of crime. Pray today for the volunteers and the inmates that are being reached by this ministry.

Closing Prayer: God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I may perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. - The Cloud of the Unknowing