November 13 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: John 20:19-31
Reading for Reflection: Think of Jesus’ words to the disciples, “Peace (shalom) be with you” (John 20:19).
Focus on the word peace. It means wholeness and well-being. The presence of the living Christ is speaking and breathing well-being and wholeness in the very center of your fear, your vulnerable place. Stay in this living presence of the shalom as long as it seems right to you. Let your vulnerable, defended place breathe it in. (Feed My Shepherds by Flora Slosson Wuellner)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Katie Slay has been working in Chokwe, Mozambique with Sybil Baloyi who runs a preschool and kid’s clubs that reach hundreds of children. Katie will be transitioning back to the U.S. in December to prepare for her next mission. Pray for her today as she anticipates leaving dear friends but also looks forward to preparations for a new work.
Langham Partnership (formerly John Stott Ministries) is a global fellowship working in pursuit of the vision God entrusted to its founder, John Stott, to strengthen the growth of the church in maturity and Christlikeness through raising the standards of biblical preaching and teaching. Pray for all of those working with this organization.
Closing Prayer: In Thy will, O Lord, is my peace. In Thy love is my rest. In Thy service is my joy. Thou art my heart’s desire. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)