July 30 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Sovereign Lord, for always being at work in our lives - even in the midst things that might seem to have no redeeming value. Thank you that you are a God who is mysteriously and covertly always working for our good, regardless of how things might appear. And thank you that nothing can ever separate us from your unfailing love that is in Christ Jesus. Amen. 

Scripture: Romans 8:28-39

Journal: How is God at work in your life these days? How is that a part of the process of conforming you to the image of his Son? What confidence or hope does it give you to know that nothing can ever separate you from his love? 

Reflection: When you lose touch with your chosenness, you expose yourself to the temptation of self-rejection, and that temptation undermines the possibility of ever growing as the Beloved….When we claim and constantly reclaim the truth of being chosen ones, we soon discover within ourselves a deep desire to reveal to others their own chosenness. (Life of the Beloved by Henri J. M. Nouwen)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mostafa and Mona Sharkawy’s main area of work is the U.K., serving among Arab Muslims. Their goals are to see Arabic churches arise from Muslim background believers, to see new generations of leaders from Muslim believers, and to teach and prepare them for future ministry. Pray today for Mostafa who will start his Master of Arts in Theology degree with the Evangelical Presbyterian Seminary in Egypt in September.

YOKE mentors middle school children by building friendships with Christian adults through clubs, camps, and Kid Time (hanging out with kids in their world). Currently YOKE reaches out to nearly 20,000 students at 26 middle schools located in Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, and Knox counties. Pray today for the Yoke volunteers as they prepare to reach new students when school starts back next month.

Closing Prayer: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 

“Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”

“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”

For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)