June 10 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, in all things help us to trust in you. Help us to have faith that we can always trust your heart, even when we can’t see your hand. Amen.
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Journal: What kinds of things are testing the quality of your faith these days? How are you holding up?
Reflection: The quality of our faith - or genuineness, as Peter calls it - only comes to the surface when it is refined by fire. That is when we can tell what we are really made of. That is when our faith is proven either real or artificial. Anyone can claim to have faith when everything is going well, right? But it is only when the heat is turned up and the flames of trial are leaping to new heights - when we are truly tested - that what is really within us begins to show itself. What comes to the surface in these moments will tell us a lot about who we really are. And when the trials come, will we be full of faith or riddled with doubt? Will we be able to trust or controlled by fear? Will we have an outlook of hopefulness or an attitude of despair? Simply put, trials are meant to test us. Which is probably why the word used here (for trial in the Greek) is peirasmos, which means an experiment. Trials are an experiment, meant to show us - as well as the world - the true substance of what lies within.
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Manuel and Annabella Valverde are involved in church planting and leadership training in Guatemala. Dr. Valverde started the Francisco Lacueva Theological Seminary (STFL) in 2012 and they now have 14 students. Pray today for the students in the seminary and the churches where they serve.
The Delhi Bible Fellowship, Daskhinpuri, is one of the oldest and largest Hindi congregations in Delhi. They have 18 services all across the city. Pray today for the leaders of their different locations as they share the gospel in Delhi, India.
Closing Prayer: Almighty God, Lord of the storm and of the calm, of day and night, of life and death; grant to me so to have my heart stayed upon your faithfulness, your unchangingness and love, that whatsoever betides me, I may look upon you with untroubled eye. I ask it for thy mercy’s sake. Amen. (Little Book of Prayers by George Dawson)