Mission Devotional - August 11, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Peace

Opening Prayer: Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:4-7, The Message)

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-11

Journal: Where in your life are you experiencing the peace of God? Where in your life are you experiencing the God of peace? What is the difference? How does prayer enter into that?

Reflection: When we give our anxieties to God in prayer, we know the peace of God. And when we meditate on the beauty and wonder and excellence of God, we know the God of peace. Knowing the God of peace, it would seem, can lead us to knowing the peace of God. And we get to know the God of peace by fixing our hearts and souls and minds - and prayers - on him. When we focus on God, and the character and nature of God, rather than on our own anxieties, it does something really good within us. It makes us the best version of ourselves. It allows us to live and love in trust and freedom, rather than scrambling and controlling and grasping and jockeying. Christ becomes the center of our universe, not our worries.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

J and F live and work in one of the poorest and most heavily populated states in a country in Asia. They are seeking to make a difference in this state in both physical and spiritual realms. They have been operating a micro-finance business that is creating self-sustaining means of support for churches and church plants as well as continuing to provide funds for the installation of hand pumps to provide clean water to needy areas of the state. Pray today for J and F as they travel a good bit this summer as well as host temporary ministry partners.

Homes of Love creates families for orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children in Southeast Asia and Africa by identifying, training and supporting in-country Christian parents who will raise these children as their own. With access to education, healthcare, and a loving family, Homes of Love children escape the dangers of poverty, abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation and are freed to pursue healthy, vibrant futures. Pray today for the HOL children to know who they are in Christ. Pray that God will help them know their true identity and that they will be God's instruments, ready to speak out for Him.

Closing Prayer: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9, The Message)