April 29 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O God, you are the potter and I am the clay. Mold me and shape me into the image you desire me to be. I realize that I am a work in progress and I long to be all that you dreamt for me to be. Help me to become something beautiful in your strong and tender hands. Amen.
Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-6
Journal: How is God molding and shaping you these days? Are you open to him doing whatever he wishes in you, or with you?
Reflection: We desperately need men and women at our side who have disciplined their minds to think God: who God is and what he is doing in and among us; what it means to be created and chosen by God and how we get in on what he intends for us. (The Wisdom of Another by Eugene Peterson)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
R. and G. are serving at a sanatorium for chest diseases and a children’s home, focusing on bringing holistic healthcare to the semi-nomadic people of an area in the Middle East. R. is a dentist and G. is a teacher and artist. Pray today for the Iraqi Christians who have now begun to come to their area as refugees.
Old North Abbey is an Anglican church plant in Knoxville meets for worship on Sunday mornings in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St. The church seeks to be a part of the community revitalization and restoration efforts as well as ministering to the deep needs of those living in that area. They have created Abbey Fields, a two acre urban farm dedicated to rebuilding vacant or blighted green spaces for agriculture use. Pray today for this church as they seek to reach their community.
Closing Prayer: O my God, when will silence, retirement, and prayer become the occupations of my soul as they are now frequently the objects of my desires? How I am wearied with saying so much and yet doing so little for You! Come, Jesus, come, You the only object of my love, the center and supreme happiness of my soul! Come, and impress my mind with such a lively conviction of Thy presence that all within me may yield to its influence. Amen. - Thomas Α Kempis