November 10 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: Gracious and loving God, you know the deep inner patterns of my life that keep me from being totally yours. You know the misformed structures of my being that hold me in bondage to something less than your high purpose for my life. You also know my reluctance to let you have your way with me in these areas. Hear the deeper cry of my heart for wholeness and by your grace enable me to be open to your transforming presence. Lord, have mercy. (Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.)
Scripture Reading for the Day: Isaiah 26:1-15
Reading for Reflection: Shalom, peace, is one of the richest words in the Bible. You can no more define it by looking up its meaning in the dictionary than you can define a person by his social security number. It gathers all aspects of wholeness that result from God’s will being completed in us. It is the work of God that, when complete, releases streams of living water in us and pulsates with eternal life. Every time Jesus healed, forgave or called someone, we have a demonstration of shalom. (A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Carlos and Sandy Rios are planting Rivers of Grace Bible Church in the San Andres area of Guadalajara, Mexico. The church is growing and many new families have begun attending. Pray today for their discipleship times with family groups to be fruitful and that the families may apply what they learn to grow in Jesus.
Knox County CAC is a public agency serving the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County, especially seniors, low to moderate income families, the unemployed and underemployed, persons with disabilities, and other individuals with a special need for services. Pray today for the staff of CAC that they may know the strength of the Lord as they serve in Knox County.
Closing Prayer: Lord, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you. O Lord our God, others have ruled us, but you alone are the one we worship. (Isaiah 26:12-13 NLT)