March 25 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Each day may I remember the source of the mercies Thou hast bestowed on me gently and generously; each day may I be fuller in love to Thyself. - Carmina Gadelica
Scripture Reading for the Day: Mark 10:17-31
Journal: Where is your treasure? What do you treasure? Do you treasure Jesus above all else? Who, or what, is his biggest competitor in your life? If you were the one standing before Jesus, rather than the rich young ruler, what would he ask you to give up in order to fully follow him?
Reflection: Let me talk very intimately and very earnestly with you about Him who is dearer than life. Do you really want to live your lives, every moment of your lives, in His presence? Do you long for Him, crave Him? Do you love His presence? Does every drop of blood in your body love Him? Does every breath you draw breathe a prayer, a praise to Him? Do you sing and dance within yourselves, as you glory in His love? Have you set yourselves to be His, and only His, walking every moment in holy obedience? I know I’m talking like an old-time evangelist. But I can’t help that, nor dare I restrain myself and get prim and conventional. We have too long been prim and restrained. The fires of the love of God, of our love toward God, and His love toward us, are very hot. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and soul and mind and strength.” Do we really do it? Is love steadfastly directed toward God, in our minds, all day long? Do we intersperse our work with gentle prayers and praises to Him? Do we live in the steady peace of God, a peace down at the depths of our souls, where all strain is gone and God is already victor over the world, already victor over our weaknesses? This life, this abiding, enduring peace that never fails, this serene power and unhurried conquest over ourselves, outward conquest over the world, is meant to be ours. It is a life that is freed from strain and anxiety and hurry, for something of the Cosmic Patience of God becomes ours. Are our lives unshakable, because we are clear down on bed rock, rooted and grounded in the love of God? This is the first and greatest commandment. (A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW’s church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today that God will fill Darlene’s coworkers and her with joy and peace as they believe in him and that they will overflow with hope by God’s Spirit based on Romans 15:13.
The Refugee Ministry at CSPC coordinates the church’s effort of welcoming and offering a holistic ministry to refugees of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds that are arriving in Knoxville. Pray today for all the volunteers who will reach out to refugee families that have recently arrived in Knoxville. If you can help, even if just for one day, please contact Almaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Prayer: Lord, you are my Lover, it is you whom I desire. You flow through my body like a stream, you shine on my face like the sun. Let me be your reflection. Amen. - St. Mechthildis