May 12 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, take us to the mountain with you this day that we might see your glory and be changed forever into your image. Amen.
Scripture: Mark 9:2-10
Journal: Place yourself in this scene with Jesus and his disciples. What do you see? What does it do in you? What is your response?
Refection: Sometimes it’s difficult to see clearly in the midst of our own life’s circumstances. During such times the struggle and turmoil of day-to-day existence allows us only to be able to see what is right in front of us - which can leave us both overwhelmed and paralyzed. What we need is someone that can take us up above the clouds and the chaos of this life, to higher ground where we can see everything in proper perspective. What we need is someone to take us to a place where our vision, as well as our lives, can be transformed.
That is the gift Jesus gives his three closest friends on this day. He gives them the gift of the mountain top. The mountain top is the place high above the noise and hustle and bustle of the crowd. The mountain top is the place where we can see things as they really are—or better yet, as they were intended to be.
On the mountain top Jesus shows the disciples himself in a way they had never seen him before. He shows them himself as he really is. It is on top of this mountain that he draws back the curtain of his humanity and gives his friends a small glimpse of his divinity - his glory. (Reflections by Jim Branch)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Bruce and Laura Harris run SEND International’s camp and conference ministry in the mountains of western Tokyo. In this ministry, their goal is to glorify God by serving the church of Jesus Christ through camping programs of evangelism and Biblical education. Pray today for Bruce and Laura as they seek to expand their outreach by offering additional evangelistic programs to new segments of the Japanese community. Outdoor and sports camps are especially effective for gathering young boys and men.
The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) was established in 1987 and offers specialized services to the homeless and those within our community who are in crisis. VMC’s programs support its two-fold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness. Pray today for the staff of this ministry.
Closing Prayer: Show us your glory, Lord Jesus, and let it transform us forever. Amen.