May 17 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, cause your good gifts to flow in and through my life and ministry this day and always. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20

Journal: What does the call to go and make disciples look like in your life today? Who are you going to these days?

Reflection: The main place you do the work of God is as you go along. It doesn’t have to be in high-profile, important positions. It will happen, if it happens at all, in the routine, unspectacular corners of your life. As you go along. (Love Beyond Reason by John Ortberg)

Hymn for the Day

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 for several women that Darlene is meeting with regularly, that they will recognize their spiritual need. Pray that the Lord will guide their conversations. Pray also for her friend, Yuri, who is studying the Bible with her and attending church.

Young Life Europe is an organization that pursues and befriends teenagers to introduce them to Jesus. Jim McNamee is the Western Europe Regional Director and Barbara works on the regional staff. They direct and supervise YL staff in five countries: Belgium, France, Holland, Portugal, and Spain. Working from Madrid, they are responsible for both the national and international school works in those countries. Pray today for Jim and Barbara and their extended family.

Closing Prayer: Go forth now as God’s servant. Remember God’s presence often and draw strength from the knowledge that the One who calls and sends also sustains. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)