Mission Devotional - October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Opening Prayer: O voice of God, speak into my heart and soul and life this day. Break and strike and shake and twist and strip me bare, that I might be more and more the person and the lover you desire me to be. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11

Journal: Which word from the Psalm best describes what God's voice is doing in your life these days? Why? How is the voice of God disrupting you these days?

Reflection:

The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightening.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips them bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
- Psalm 29:4-5, 7-9

There are no two ways about it;
God's voice is disruptive.
A perfect thing to remember
during the season of Lent,
a season that is quite disruptive itself.
I don't know about you,
but even though I hate to admit it,
I need to be disrupted.
I have a tendency to fall asleep in my life
and not even know it.
I need to be shaken out of my slumber.
I need to be disrupted
from my sense of ease and comfort
with the dysfunctional patterns and habits
I have fallen into
that I somehow have begun to see as normal.
I need to be shaken and twisted.
My soul needs to be stripped bare,
so that I can see things
the way they truly are.
God wants so much more for me
than the life I am currently living,
so once a year Lent rolls around.
It is my invitation to allow the voice of God
to thunder in my life.
To invite him to break my cedars,
whatever that may look like.
To even ask him to be break and to strike
whatever needs to be broken and struck,
so that I might live the life
that God wants to live
in and through me.
And all in the temple
will cry, "Glory!"

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Tom and Juanita Matthews serve in Tanzania and Kenya. Tom is a translation consultant to Bible translation teams from multiple people groups. Some of the groups are minimally reached for Christ and some are dominated by Islam. Pray today for the health and safety of Tom and the translation teams that he serves, including their families among days of political unrest in Kenya.

Beatriz and Gustavo Fuentes lead the work of Young Life in Mozambique. Beatriz first encountered Young Life in Brazil and became a Christian through that encounter. The Fuentes moved to Beira, Mozambique in 2010 and began building relationships with teenagers there to introduce them to Jesus. Pray today for the Fuentes and the students they are reaching through Young Life.

Closing Prayer: Speak, O Lord, for your servant is listening.