Mission Devotional - October 26, 2015

Opening Prayer: O living and eternal God, you are more ready to give than we to ask. Grant us a new vision of yourself, that seeing you as you are, we may desire you, and desiring you, may surrender our lives to you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen. (The Little Book of Hours)

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9

Journal: What is the relationship between anxiety and prayer in your life? What does God desire for it to be? How do we move from one to the other?

Reflection: All growth in the spiritual life is connected with the clearer insight into what Jesus is to us. The more I realize that Christ must be all to me and in me, that all in Christ is indeed for me, the more I learn to live the real life of faith, which, dying to self, lives wholly in Christ. The Christian life is no longer the vain struggle to live right, but the resting in Christ and finding strength in Him as our life, to fight the fight and gain the victory of faith. (With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Josh and Jenny M. are working with the RAK Church Plant in the United Arab Emirates. The RAK Evangelical Church has now been formally constituted as a church with about 40 members. They have recently celebrated the ground breaking for the church building! To find out more, go to the Reclamation Stories blog and watch a video. Josh and Jenny welcomed their four child last month! Pray for their family as they adjust and for good health for Jenny and baby.

Campus Renewal Ministries is a National Christian Ministry devoted to seeing transformation on college campuses for God's glory. They have been around for over 15 years and work with colleges all across America. Pray today for their leaders to have a renewed vision for ministry on UT's campus during the Fall semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)