Mission Devotional - January 6, 2017

Opening Prayer: Father, You alone know what lies before me this day. Grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to you. Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand. For my Lord Christ's Sake. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)

Scripture: Matthew 2:9-12

Journal: What is your response to finding Jesus? What do you want to give him?

Reflection:

epiphany

i am here
follow the star
and you will find me
search the obscure
and hidden places
and you will come upon me
look into the eyes
of the broken and lowly
and you will discover my presence
i am here
in every conversation
you have today
in every joy and every sorrow
you will experience
in every circumstance
you will face
in every challenge
you will confront
don't ever forget
i am here

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Jeff and Ellen work among unreached people groups in two restricted access countries of Southeast Asia catalyzing Church Planting Movements. Pray today for Jeff and Ellen as they travel in Asia for several months and seek to advance God's kingdom by encouraging and training His workers.

FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men's prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work "Behind the Walls" includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray today for the work of FOCUS.

Closing Prayer: Take, Lord, and receive all that I am and have. You've given it all to me; I give it all back to you. Do with me as you want. Just give me your love and your grace and that's enough. - St. Ignatius