September 24 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, thank you for your word. Thank you for the book of Revelation. Thank you for the beauty and majesty of heaven, and that one day we will go there to be with you for all eternity. Help us to keep heaven in our minds and hearts, that the vision of it might encourage us to live and love well on this earth - to be little “tastes of heaven” for all we come in contact with - and to yearn for our future home in a way that keeps us from getting too attached to the things of this world. Amen.
Scripture: Revelation 21:9-27
Journal: What do you dream heaven will be like? How does that help you to live fully in the here and now? How does that give you hope for the future?
Reflection: If our pictures of heaven are to move us, they must be moving pictures. So go ahead—dream a little. Use your imagination. Picture the best possible ending to your story you can. If that isn’t heaven, something better is. When Paul says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9), he simply means we cannot out-dream God. What is the end of our personal journeys? Something beyond our wildest imagination. (The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Andy and Bev Warren serve with an MTW team that is involved in HIV/AIDS work and church planting through the Ethiopia Aids Care and Treatment (ACT) Project. The project targets slum communities in Addis Ababa which contain the neediest people in the community - large percentages of women with small children. In recent years the project has served more than 500 AIDS-affected families, reaching more than 1,200 people. Pray today for Andy and Bev as they are looking for a new house, getting ready for their niece, Glory, to join them for a few months and planning for a gathering of MTW missionaries this month. Find out more about the Ethiopia ACT Project by going here: http://reclamationstories.org/ethiopia-act-project.
Navigators Collegiate ministry at UT Knoxville has this mission: “To advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.” Pray today for the leaders of this ministry and the students as they prepare for the Fall semester.
Closing Prayer: Hallelujah! The Master reigns, our God, the Sovereign-Strong! Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory! The Marriage of the Lamb has come; his Wife has made herself ready. She was given a bridal gown of bright and shining linen. The linen is the righteousness of the saints. (Revelation 19:6-8, The Message)