Mission Devotional - October 26, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Opening Prayer:
O God
help me
to believe
the truth about myself
no matter
how beautiful it is!
(Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr)

Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-5

Journal: Do you truly believe that God has a grand design for you? Do you believe he made you with divine intention and purpose? What did he make you for?

Reflection: O God, what was in your mind when you formed me and dreamt me into being, before the foundations of the earth? What was your divine intention for me and for my life? What were your grand plans for me? What mission did you have for me that only I could accomplish? How did you mold and make and form me to be a unique expression of your love, care, and creativity? And was there a smile on your face and joy in your heart as you breathed me into being?

For what, O God, have I been consecrated and appointed? To whom did you intend to send me, and what words did you specifically put in my mouth to deliver? O Lord, forgive me when I fall short of your grand design. Forgive me when I think too little of myself - and too little of you - to think that you could possibly have made me for some grand purpose when you formed me. Forgive me when I let fear or inadequacy stop me from fulfilling the mission for which I was sent. And forgive me when I allow the busyness and chaos of everyday life to distort or distract me from that mission.

Lord God, I belong to you. I am the work of your strong and loving hands. You made me to be a unique and beautiful expression of yourself in the world. Give me the strength and the courage to be that.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

We are providing prayer support for two families living in Creative Access countries who are "Tent Makers." Their work gives them access to the local population. Pray today for wisdom and safety for these two growing families.

Young Life Europe is an organization that pursues and befriends teenagers to introduce them to Jesus. Jim and Barbara McNamee are working with Young Life Europe as Regional Developers. They are developing a new area for YL - the Basque Country - and serving as Life and Ministry Coaches for YL staff across the region. Pray today for Jim and Barbara as they recruit and train Basque adult committee and volunteer leaders.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, I belong to you. I am the work of your strong and loving hands. You made me to be a unique and beautiful expression of yourself in the world. Give me the strength and the courage to be that. Amen.