September 25 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, may your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. It is all about your Kingdom and your rein, Lord Jesus. Help us to never forget that. Amen.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Journal: What is our true home? Do you see heaven as our home, or God as our home? What is the difference? How do these verses challenge you? How do they comfort you? How do they inspire you? How do they change your thinking?
Reflection: The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and pose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a swim or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home. (The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Kenton Wood serves in Guadalajara, Mexico as a church planter. Pray today for Kenton who oversees a mother church that has six services on Sunday. Pray also for the Purépecha Indians in the nearby state of Michoacan that they may be reached with the gospel.
The focus of Navigators International at UT Knoxville is the over 1,000 international students at the University of Tennessee who come from 100+ nations. Spouses and family networks back home multiply the potential for the gospel to spread. Navigator’s mission is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Pray today for the students that they are reaching as they begin the Fall semester.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, you who will one day redeem all things, in light of that redemption help us to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in your work, knowing that in you our labor is never in vain. Amen.