August 19 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Scripture: Colossians 2:6-7

Journal: What does it look like to walk in God? How does that take place? What does it look like to be rooted and built up in him? How will you make that a possibility in your daily life? 

Reflection: I had come to wonder sometimes at the lack of depth in my prayer. I began to worry, too, at the sense of imbalance in my life and at the lack of centeredness as well. I began to wonder if those things had a connection to my prayer. I began to realize that the longing that I had, and have, for the presence of God could no longer be filled by a few stolen moments of extemporaneous prayer. I began to have a sneaking suspicion that prayer was a larger and deeper and richer and more astonishing thing than I had known before. I began to desire a way of life that was more like the lively and reasonable sacrifice that is called for by the words of the Eucharist.

Although my life had been spent largely in the church and around people of faith, I had had a growing sense that I could go no deeper in my journey without some manner of instruction and experience in some ways of prayer other than the one I already knew. “We fool ourselves if we think that such a sacramental way of living is automatic,” wrote Richard Foster once, in a book about prayer and discipline. “This kind of living communion does not just fall on our heads. We must desire it and seek it out. We must order our lives in particular ways.” (A Good Life by Robert Benson)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mark and Annemarie Dye are passionate about building Christian leaders to mobilize and equip the African Church for mission in the world. Pray today for the Dyes as they have recently traveled to the U.S. for a 5-month home ministry stay.

The Hope Center was established in 1996 to address the unmet needs of patients infected with HIV in Knox and surrounding 20 counties. Late last year, the Center moved from its location at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center to a new home, operating under the auspices of Covenant HomeCare. Pray today for these patients and their families.

Closing Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury