January 24 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.

Opening Prayer: Lord God, give me open hands and not clenched fists as I walk with you and for you in the midst of this day - that I might be able to live with a true sense of freedom from the need to grasp desperately for love and value from those I come into contact with. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Scripture Reading for the Day: Psalm 63:1-8

Reading for Reflection: Prayer is the outgrowth of both silence and solitude. In silence we let go of our manipulative control. In solitude we face up to what we are in the depths of our being. Prayer then becomes the offering of who we are to God: the giving of that broken, unclean, grasping, manipulative self to God for the work of God’s grace in our lives. (Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Bill Harding is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill’s gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. Pray today for the Harding Bible School in Ethiopia which needs a dormitory.

Navigators Collegiate ministry at UT Knoxville has this mission: “To advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.” Pray today for the leaders of this ministry and the students they are reaching as they begin the Spring semester.

Closing Prayer: Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth! Amen. (Psalm 134)