January 31 Devotional
Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.
Opening Prayer: Speak, O Lord, as we come to You, to receive the food of Your holy word. Take Your truth, plant it deep in us; shape and fashion us in Your likeness, that the light of Christ might be seen today, in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us all your purposes, for Your glory. (Speak O Lord by Stuart Townend, Keith Getty)
Scripture Reading for the Day: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Reading for Reflection: In Jesus we have a master to whom we do not sufficiently listen. He speaks to each heart the word of life, the only word, but we do not listen. We want to know what he is saying to others, and do not listen to what he is saying to us. We are not sufficiently attuned to that transcendental being imparted to all things by divine action. (The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre De Caussade)
Reflection and Listening: silent and written
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Michael and Diana Johnson serve with People International. As International Director, Michael provides broad vision and leadership for the mission. Pray today for a continuing relief effort by People International to those who are seeking safety from Islamic militants in the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq.
Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization led by Wayne Smith at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. They seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of their significant network of service providers. Pray today for those in the program with alcohol addiction.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that your grace is sufficient for me - this day and every day. Thank you that whatever this day may hold, or whatever it may require, or whatever it may demand, I can always hold on to this truth. Thanks be to God!