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July 31 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you have invited us to your heavenly feast. May we accept that invitation with gratitude and humility, dress ourselves in our best wedding attire, and join in the great celebration. Amen. 

Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14

Journal: Where do you find yourself in the context of this parable? What does the story touch inside of you? What disturbs you? Why? How do you respond to it? 

Reflection: Whether a man arrives or does not arrive at his own destiny - the place that is peculiarly his - depends on whether or not he finds the Kingdom within and hears the call to wholeness - or holiness, as another might say. The man who hears that call is chosen. He does not have to scramble for a place in the scheme of things. He knows that there is a place which is his and that he can live close to the One who will show it to him. Life becomes his vocation. (Journey Inward, Journey Outward by Elizabeth O’Connor)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Young Life Europe is an organization that pursues and befriends teenagers to introduce them to Jesus. Jim McNamee is the Western Europe Regional Director and Barbara works on the regional staff. They direct and supervise YL staff in five countries: Belgium, France, Holland, Portugal, and Spain. Working from Madrid, they are responsible for both the national and international school works in those countries. Pray today for Jim and Barbara and their extended family.

Closing Prayer: Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure. - Revelation 19:6-8