Mission Devotional - September 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I come to you today, fill my heart and my whole being with the wonder of your presence. Help me to be open to you for this time as I put aside the cares of this world. Fill my mind with your peace, your love. Amen. (Sacred Space 2016)

Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12

Journal: What is the difference between ask, seek, and knock? Which one best describes your prayer life? What about the other two? Where would God love to see you growing in your practice of prayer?

Reflection: Keep on beating the path of God's door, because the one thing you can be sure of is that down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting prayer the God you call upon will finally come, and even if he does not bring you the answer you want, he will bring you himself. And maybe at the secret heart of all our prayers that is what we really are praying for. (Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Leoma Gilley works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and is responsible for developing university-level, accredited training in linguistics, literacy, Bible translation, Scripture use, anthropology and language assessment (survey) to people across Africa. She is serving as the Anglophone / Lusophone Regional Training Director. Pray today for Leoma as she works towards handing her job over to a new staff person later this year.

Navigators International at UT Knoxville is the over 1,000 international students at the University of Tennessee who come from 100+ nations. Spouses and family networks back home multiply the potential for the gospel to spread. Navigator's mission is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Pray today for the leaders of this ministry as they reach new students this semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach us to ask, to seek, and to knock. For we do not even know how to pray as we ought. Pray yourself in us. Amen.