Mission Devotional - November 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Opening Prayer: O God, unless you speak we will never be anything more than formless and void. Speak your life-creating word into our hearts and souls this day. Amen.

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-31

Journal: The pre-Genesis condition of the cosmos is our own inner life: tohu and bohu, without form and void. Things are not right; we are not right. Our emotions bolt and stampede. Our thoughts run riot. Our bodies hurt. Our appetites play havoc with our virtue. We can't, it seems, direct our own destiny with dignity or wisdom for ten consecutive minutes.

And so we pray. Directed by the Psalms, we begin our praying by listening. What do we hear?

And God said, Let there be light…
And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament…
And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
And God said, Let the waters… be gathered together…
And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament…
And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures…
And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
And God said, let the earth bring forth living creatures…
And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Disorder gives way, piecemeal, to order. Chaos becomes cosmos. The language is rhythmic - cadence and repetition and rhyme. God speaks creation into existence: "He spoke and it came to be; he commanded and it stood forth" (Ps. 33:9). The rhythmic language makes a rhythmic creation. (Answering God by Eugene Peterson)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Eric and Beth returned to the Ukraine last year to help with church planting in Kiev. Pray today that God would open the hearts and minds of church leaders throughout Ukraine to see the need for church planting.

Cedar Springs partners with Redeemer City to City to plant churches in urban areas around the world. Pray for all the church planters that are supported throughout the world, especially those in Europe who have opportunities to build relationships with refugees from the Middle East who have settled there.

Closing Prayer: Lord, teach us to listen, for unless you speak, we will never be all you desire us to be. Amen.