March 27 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to consider all else rubbish compared to my desire to know you. Be the center of my life and my affections in all that I do. Amen.
Scripture Reading for the Day: Philippians 3:7-14
Journal: What do these words of scripture stir up in you today? How do they speak to your life? How do they inspire you? How do they disturb you? How do they challenge you?
Reflection: The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash - along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant - dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.
I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. (Philippians 3:7-14, The Message)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Mike and Stephanie are working with a project called LEARN (Leadership Education and Resource Network) based in Beirut, Lebanon. The project’s aim is to provide high quality, interactive Biblical training via Internet to Arabic-speakers wherever they are found. Pray today for both Mike and Stephanie that they would model a joyful and content relationship to the students where they work and others they will encounter. Pray for daily filling of the Spirit, eyes to see and a heart to embrace all the Lord is doing.
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: O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer