August 18 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord God, place a fire deep down in my soul, a fire that constantly makes me yearn for more and more of you. Help me to never settle for any less than that. Help me never to settle for a boring, mundane, half-hearted, lukewarm spiritual existence when you desire so much more for me than that. Through Jesus. Amen.

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-11

Journal: Do you have a plan for your spiritual growth? What is it? What will keep your faith from becoming ineffective or unfruitful?

Reflection: It is unlikely that we will deepen our relationship with God in a casual or haphazard manner. There will be a need for some intentional commitment and some reorganization in our own lives. But there is nothing that will enrich our lives more than a deeper and clearer perception of God’s presence in the routine of daily living. (Ways of Prayer: Designing a Personal Rule by William O. Paulsell, Weavings, Sept./Oct. 1987)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Karan Davis have been working with TEAM in France since 1978 in church-planting ministries. They have planted churches in the southern suburbs of Paris, northwestern suburbs of Lyon, and more recently in the Alps region around Albertville. Pray today for French believers living in the area who are catching the vision of starting a network of churches in and around Pontcharra. Pray also for the inauguration of the new church building on September 19 & 20 and the curiosity that is building in their community.

Core Leadership is a ministry of spiritual formation and leadership development. Its mission is to help strengthen and encourage the life of leaders, in the Knoxville area and beyond, by the means of spiritual nurture and leadership development. Jim Branch is the director of Core Leadership and is actively involved in the lives of people all over the city of Knoxville and beyond, as well as being active in the Powell community, where he lives. Pray for Jim today and all of those that he will connect to with this ministry this month.

Closing Prayer: Father, You alone know what lies before me this day. Grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to you. Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand. For my Lord Christ’s Sake. Amen. (A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie)