Mission Devotional - November 2, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am such a mess. At my best - and at my worst - I am an odd combination of belief and unbelief. Help me to truly believe that you are good and that you care deeply for me and the things in my life and world. Help me to trust in you. Amen.

Scripture: Mark 9:14-29

Journal: Where in your soul are you a messy combination of belief and unbelief? What does it look like to have faith even in that messiness?

Reflection: God, today I resonate with the desperate cry in the Gospel, "I believe, help my unbelief." Sometimes I think I operate my life out of more doubt than faith. And yet I want to believe… and I do believe. I'm a complex creature. At times, I can believe with my head, while my body is still locked into patterns of skepticism and doubt. Faith is not yet in my muscles, my bones, my glands. Increase faith within me, O Lord. I'm sure that for faith to grow you will put me in situations where I'll need resources beyond myself. I submit to this process. Will this mean moving out on behalf of others, praying for them and trusting you to work in them? If so, then show me the who, what, when, and where, and I will seek to act at your bidding. Throughout I am trusting you to take me from faith to faith - from the faith I do have to the faith that I am in the process of receiving. Thank you for hearing my prayer. Amen. (Prayers from the Heart by Richard Foster)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

H and L serve in Asia by providing strategic leadership for colleagues serving in several major urban centers in Asia. Their role involves encouraging and coaching these co-workers in their ministries, as well as networking with others to make sure they have the resources and training that they need for their respective ministries. Pray today for H and L as they consider their next area of service after handing over their previous leadership positions to another couple.

Arab Baptist Theological Seminary's mission is serve the church in their region. They offer specialized learning resources and equips faithful men and women for effective service. Pray today for the faculty and students.

Closing Prayer: Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Amen.