Mission Devotional - November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Opening Prayer: Saving God, you set your heart on us and made us your own. May we listen with the ear of our hearts to the many ways your Word and your love will be present to us and formed in us this day. We ask this through Jesus, the Word made flesh. Amen. (The Work of God ed. by Judith Sutera)

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-13

Journal: Is the word of God active in your life these days? Why or why not? How? How has God's word penetrated you lately? What was the effect?

Reflection: Torah (Law) is God's words that hit the target of the human condition. The noun torah comes from the verb, yarah, that means to throw something, a javelin, say, so that it hits its mark. The word that hits its mark is torah. In living speech, words are javelins hurled from one mind into another. Not all words are javelins; some are only tin cans, carrying information from one place to another. But God's word has this aimed, intentional, personal nature. When we are spoken to in this way, piercingly and penetratingly, we are not the same. These words get inside us and work their meaning in us. (Answering God by Eugene Peterson)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Dori Pittman currently serve as area directors for United World Mission's Latin America region. Paul is also project coordinator of UWM's Cuba Partnership Project. Pray today for UWM's Cuba Partnership Projects that God will raise up partner churches in the U.S. and Canada who will catch the vision to reach Cuba for Christ. Pray also for the Pittmans during their current home stay in the U.S. as they travel and visit colleges.

Located in South Knoxville and led by Milad and Theresa Guirguis, who are displaced from Egypt, the Arabic Church is spreading the word of God and hope by embracing Christians and Muslims from all Arabic countries. Most of the members of the congregation are from Iraq, Egypt, and Syria, and many are refugees. Pray today for Milad and Theresa and the members of their church.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, Thou didst strike my heart with Thy Word and I loved Thee. - St. Augustine