July 11 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O Lord, I am so hungry and thirsty for you! Meet me now, during this time, and speak to the deepest places of my heart and soul. Capture me with your great love and affection that I might love those in this world freely and well. In your name, by your power, and for your glory. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 42:1-5

Journal: How does Psalm 42 speak for your heart right now? How does it speak to your heart?

Reflection: I speak to thirsty hearts whose longings have been wakened by the touch of God within them. (Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer)

Each of us, for instance, carries around inside himself, I believe, a certain emptiness - a sense that something is missing, a restlessness, the deep feeling that somehow all is not right inside his skin. (The Magnificent Defeat by Frederick Buechner)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Tim and Barbie K. are currently working to translate the Bible into the “Makori” language. Their goal is to see a “Makori” church effectively using its own translation. Pray today for Tim, as he proofreads across Gospels, to make good suggestions to the team and for Barbie, as she proofreads the Arabic script version, for alertness to problems. Pray also for their safety during a difficult period of unrest in their region.

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 as they prepare for the Fall semester.

Closing Prayer: As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again - my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:1-5, NLT)