Mission Devotional - July 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22)

Scripture: Psalm 30:20-22

Journal: Where is your hope these days? What are you trusting in for your life? How is God your help these days? Your shield? How in touch are you with his steadfast love?

Reflection: All the exercises of the spiritual life, our reading and our praying, our willing and doing, have their very great value. But they can go no farther than this, that they point the way and prepare us in humility to look and to depend alone upon God himself, and impatience to wait his good time and mercy. The waiting is to teach us our absolute dependence upon God's mighty working, and to make us in perfect patience place ourselves at his disposal. (Waiting on God by Andrew Murray)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Michael and Kim Essenburg are serving at Okinawa Christian School (OCS), a school for missionary children and children of business and professional people that is located in Okinawa, Japan. Pray today for OCS as they seek new teachers (upper elementary, secondary science) and a college/career counselor. Pray also for the Essenburgs as they spend the summer working on developing curriculum and updating administrative policy and school handbooks.

The Bible Society of Egypt is the largest Arabic Bible publishing operation in the world. They are publishing the Scriptures in a variety of formats and media (print, audio, visual), with each product designed for a particular social, economic, age, and cultural interest group. Pray today for the staff as they perform the day-to-day tasks required to publish the Bibles.

Closing Prayer: We're depending on you, God; you are everything we need. What's more, our hearts brim with joy since we've taken for our own your holy name. Love us, God, with all you've got - that's what we're depending on. (The Message)