September 2 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Your will, O Lord, and not my own. Your life, O God, both in and through me. Your Kingdom come, O King of kings. Make me wholly yours. Amen.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Journal: Which of these comes easiest for you: rejoice always, pray continually, or in all things give thanks? Which is the most difficult? Why? How do you tend the inner fires of God’s Spirit? What area of life is most in need of attention in order for you to be sanctified through and through? How do you respond to the phrase “He will do it?” What does that do within you? Why?
Reflection: Faith knows no boundaries between the will of God and all of life. (A Man’s Quest for God by Abraham Joshua Heschel)
We are no more to think “What should I do?” but “What would the Living One have me do?” - George MacDonald
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. Pray today for Bobby and Teresa they travel to Ukraine, Poland and Russia in September.
The Garbage City Alliance is a ministry to the Garbage City in Cairo, Egypt. Rebecca Atollah, the wife of Ramez Atollah, the leader of the Bible Society of Egypt, is a key worker at the St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church in the Mokattam garbage village. Over the last twenty-five years she has helped with church planting and providing Christian education among the lowest of the low, Egypt’s untouchables. Pray today for Rebecca and her work with the Garbage City Alliance.
Closing Prayer: Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me. - Ignatius of Loyola