Mission Devotional - January 14, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)

Scripture: Matthew 26:38-41

Journal: What are you most vigilant about these days? How might Jesus want you to be more vigilant in your life with him? What does that look like?

Reflection: There's no way to escape or avoid the fact that life with Jesus requires vigilance. It is one of the key practices in all of the spiritual life. Keeping vigil is about staying awake. It is about being keenly watchful and alert. It is about wakefulness maintained throughout the darkness of night, when we are tempted to drift off into sleepy inattention and to become lax and lazy in our prayer and our practice.

Vigilance requires something of us. It demands an active waiting, an intentional diligence, a determination to stay awake regardless of the cost. For as high as the cost of vigilance may be, the cost of falling asleep is much greater. Will we keep vigil with Jesus today?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Karan Davis have been working with TEAM in France since 1978 in church-planting ministries. They have planted churches in the southern suburbs of Paris, northwestern suburbs of Lyon, and more recently in the Alps region around Albertville. Pray today for Paul and Karan who have just recently returned to France from a home stay. Pray for continued outreach to those new connections made with their church booth at the recent Christmas market.

Homes of Love creates families for orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children in Southeast Asia and Africa by identifying, training and supporting in-country Christian parents who will raise these children as their own. With access to education, healthcare, and a loving family, Homes of Love children escape the dangers of poverty, abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation and are freed to pursue healthy, vibrant futures. Pray today that God will provide loving parents for new homes.

Closing Prayer: Most Holy God, wake me up from my soul's deep slumber and bring my life under your complete control. By your grace, awaken me to the reality of your presence within and around me. And, by the power of your Spirit, make me responsive to your will and your direction. Help me to be vigilant in my life with you this day. Amen.