Mission Devotional - November 17, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord, give us to learn from Christ to be gentle and lowly in heart, that we may find rest for our souls; and that herein the same mind may be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. Lord, conceal pride from us, and clothe us with humility; and put upon us the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in your sight is very precious. Amen. - Matthew Henry

Scripture: Matthew 5:5

Journal: What does the word meek mean to you? Do you see it as a positive or a negative word? Why? Why do you think Jesus calls us to be meek? What does that look like?

Reflection: "Blessed are you."

No stranger words ever startled the ears of the poor, the humble, the meek, the mourning. What had been considered a curse is proclaimed a blessing! A living death is called "a more abundant life." Bad news becomes "Good news."

The beatitudes are Jesus' self-portrait, the most personal description we have of Him in the Gospels. They are the timeless image of Christ. (Surprised by the Spirit by Edward Farrell)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

J & F live and work in one of the poorest and most heavily populated states in their country. They are seeking to make a difference in this state in both physical and spiritual realms. They have launched a micro-finance business that is creating self-sustaining means of support for churches and church plants as well as continuing to provide funds for the installation of hand pumps to provide clean water to needy areas of the state. Pray for continued growth in the leadership of their microfinance program and the many families being helped through loans to women. Also, please pray for team members who are having difficulties getting back into the country due to issues with visas and border crossings.

The focus of Global Golf (formerly WPGF) is to serve women at all levels of competitive golf - professional tour players, college athletes, coaches and club pros - and introduce them to Jesus Christ through long-term relationships built around golf. Evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care are Global Golf's primary purposes. Pray for director Cris Stevens and the women that she will have opportunities to connect with on the pro tour.

Closing Prayer: My Father, for the truth Jesus gave me concerning your Kingdom, I express my moving thanks. Be in me increasingly that your Kingdom, your rule, may guide my decisions, inspire my will, and determine my actions. Amen. (Deep is the Hunger by Howard Thurman)