February 11 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: Our Father, giver of all gifts, You love and choose us, your least ones. Increase our humility so that we might rejoice in the generosity of Your love and be mindful that the good in us comes from You, Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life, now and forever. Amen. - Macrina Wiederkehr
Scripture Reading for the Day: Psalm 118:1-29
Reading for Reflection: Joy dwells with God; it descends from Him and seizes the spirit, soul, and body, and where this joy has grasped a man it grows greater, carries him away, opens closed doors…The joy of God has been through the poverty of the crib and the distress of the cross; therefore it is insuperable, irrefutable. (True Patriotism by Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Pete and Ruth Mitchell are church planters in Marseille under the auspices of Mission to the World (MTW) and in collaboration with the Eglise Réformée Evangélique de France (French Reformed Evangelical Church). Pete’s role is that of team leader. The Mitchells have recently moved to Toulouse to plant a new church. They ask that you pray today for the church plant that God would give them wisdom as they begin the plans for this new church and that there would be excellent working relationships between the Mitchells and the Stephane Kouyo family (their French national partner).
Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Cru, is ministering to college athletes at the University of Tennessee. Rachel and Jason Stankus minister to and through the athletic department at the University of Tennessee and are trusting God to build a spiritual movement that impacts the campus, community and world for Christ. Pray today for all the athletes at UT that they may be reached with the gospel. Rachel & Jason will be our guests at this year’s Global Mission Conference. Be sure to meet them and ask how you can pray for this ministry.
Closing Prayer: Generous Lord, the wonders of your extravagant love display themselves in the glittering beauty of the night sky and the abundant fruitfulness of the earth. You have led us faithfully throughout our years and in Jesus you have shown us the way to fullness of life. May our gratitude know no bounds as we praise your name in word and deed. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John Mogabgab)