May 1 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O Lord My God, when the storm is loud, and the night is dark, and the soul is sad, and the heart oppressed, then, as a weary traveler, may I look to you; and beholding the light of your love, may it bear me on, until I learn to sing your song in the night. Amen. (Little Book of Prayers by George Dawson)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:18-21
Journal: How do you respond to the image of God who waits to show you mercy? What do you think he is waiting on? Is there anywhere in your life right now that you get the sense that God is saying, “This is the way, walk in it?”
Reflection: I must spend enough time in prayer and faithful listening to the voice of God to be brought to the moment of trust and surrender when I can give up my preconceived ideas and become open to God’s idea. My first concern is not my desired result. My first concern is God and the fidelity of our relationship, and then the result of the discernment efforts will come quite naturally. (A Guide to Spiritual Discernment by Rueben P. Job)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Phil C. has been serving in Eurasia for over 10 years. His focus has been the Tatar people, a largely Muslim people group. Phil has worked with others in launching a local organization that provides language instruction with the goal of helping to equip believers to bring the light of the gospel to the least-reached in their own language. Pray today for his students to be diligent in their studies with the idea of using their new language in ministry to Tatars.
The Philadelphians Prison Ministry has been ministering in Tennessee prisons for 27+ years. Its purpose is to change the thinking of a prisoner through the power and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is done through strong Bible teaching with praise and worship services, weekly in-prison group meetings, the HELP program, and a transitional housing program, the HELP House, in Knoxville. Christian ministry counseling is given to inmates’ loved ones, the “silent victims” of crime. Pray today for all of their staff and volunteers.
Closing Prayer: O God, the source of all understanding, wisdom, and knowledge, instill within us discerning hearts and minds that we may come to know your plan for our lives. May we trust in your will and walk boldly and with confidence the path you have set before us, this day and always. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)