Mission Devotional - January 11, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to truly abide in you. Today and every day. Amen.

Scripture: John 15:4-5

Journal: What has abiding in Christ produced in you lately? How is that helping you to be his presence to the world?

Reflection: Within yourselves you have made a room, a secluded space. You have built it by prayer - the Jesus Prayer or whatever prayer you have found profitable. You should be more aware of God than of anyone else, because you are carrying within you this utterly quiet and silent chamber. Because you are more aware of God, because you have been called to listen in your inner silence, you can bring God to the street, the party, the meeting, in a very special and powerful way. The power is God's but you have contributed yourself. God has asked you and chosen you to be the carrier of that silent place within yourself.

In a manner of speaking, nothing has changed in your daily schedule. So you attend all the meetings as before, knowing in deep faith and its accompanying darkness that you are bringing Christ, the Christ who prayed to his Father all night, alone on the mountain. You bring the Christ who stole away from the crowds to pray. You are now carrying him back to the crowds. So you should be "with" the crowds. - Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Ron and Amy Barber have been living near Auckland, New Zealand where Ron has been teaching church planting, cultural anthropology and global theology at Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies. Pray today for the Barbers as they are in the U.S. beginning a transition to move to the Philippines to begin work in a similar position at IGSL, investing in and equipping workers for cross-cultural ministry.

Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC) is an organization that seeks to find and deploy the natural male disciple-makers in our city, asking them to pour into other men via a two-year disciple-making process. Pray today for the men currently in the two-year discipleship groups.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, grow your good fruit in me these days, that people in my life and world might taste and see that you are good. Amen.