Mission Devotional - September 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; do with me what You will. Whatever You do, I thank You. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures, I ask no more than this, my Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to You, O Lord, with all the love in my heart, for I love You, my God, and so need to give myself - to surrender myself into Your hands, without reserve and with total confidence, for You are my Father. - Charles de Foucauld

Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27

Journal: What are the storms in your life right now? How are you reacting to them? Do they lead you toward faith or toward fear? Do you trust God's heart and his hand to care for you in the midst of them? Why are you so afraid?

Reflection: "Why are you so afraid?" What a great question. One that deserves a great answer. How do you answer it? Oh it's easy to say, "Who me? I'm not afraid," when the seas are calm and our circumstances are good. But when all hell breaks loose in our lives, then what happens? Do we react in faith or do we react in fear? Because these are the moments that tell us what we really believe, deep in our hearts, about life and about God. Our reaction to stormy circumstances is telling. How we choose to react to the storms in our lives determines what we allow ourselves to be controlled by - fear or faith. Do we "Take courage" as Jesus so often calls us to do, knowing that he is ultimately in control of all things and will indeed take care of us? Or are we swept away by chaos, allowing fear and panic to dominate our hearts and lives. Taking courage happens when we choose to be led by faith rather than by fear. So today, if a storm rears its ugly head, what will we choose?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW's church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Darlene as she continues to seek creative ways to use the arts to share the gospel in Japan.

Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization led by Wayne Smith at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. They seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of their significant network of service providers. Pray today for the staff of this ministry and the people they are serving.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, do not let fear dominate me today, instead help me to choose faith. Amen.