May 13 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, give us eyes to see you in all things; that we may constantly stand in awe of the Mystery that is animating all of life. Amen. 

Scripture: Genesis 28:10-17

Journal: When was the last time you thought “Surely the Lord was in this place and I did not know it?” What keeps you from being able recognize the times when God is at work? What helps you to be able to recognize his presence and his activity in your life and world?

Reflection: “To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments.” Prayer is “our” humble “answer” to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. (Man’s Quest for God by Abraham Joshua Heschel)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Steve Hoke works with national church denominations and mission organizations in 25 countries and North America in the area of leader development and strategic life coaching. Steve asks that we pray for God to send forth apostolic leaders-laborers into the harvest.

Wears Valley Ranch offers a Christian home, education, and counseling to children from families in crisis. Their vision is to see each child inspired to follow Christ, healed from the past, and equipped to reach their full potential. Pray today for all of the residents that they may know Christ’s love and salvation through this ministry. 

Closing Prayer: Father, give me eyes to see and a heart to respond to all which will come to me this day. Forbid that I should miss its graces by looking ahead to some tomorrow. Let me accept the newness each moment brings with awareness and gratitude. In the name of the one who makes all things new I pray. Amen. (Disciplines for the Inner Life by Michael W. Benson and Bob Benson)