February 12 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: Revelation 19:6-9
Reading for Reflection: Only the one who has experienced it can know what the love of Jesus Christ is. Once you have experienced it, nothing else in the world will seem more beautiful or desirable. (The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning)
Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for JOY. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live. (Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
F. & S. are working alongside Arab believers toward the goal of seeing churches planted for those who do not have a church. Their main focus is to work with, mobilize, resource and train nationals for this purpose. Pray today for F. & S. as they travel to Knoxville to attend the Global Mission Conference next month. Make sure to meet them and ask about how you can pray for their work.
Bethany Christian Services is a global organization caring for orphans and vulnerable children on five continents. They manifest the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services such as adoption, family support, foster care, pregnancy counseling, refuge services and infertility. Pray today for the staff who are dedicated to facilitating adoptions.
Closing Prayer: New every morning is your love great God of light and all day long you are working for good in your world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We praise you with joy, loving God, because your grace is better than life. Once again you have sustained us through the darkness and blessed us with life in this new day. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we might sing for joy and be glad all our days. Amen.