Mission Devotional - August 2, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Shhhh

Opening Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons in one God, now and forever. Amen. (Oremus)

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9-13

Journal: What is keeping you from being able to hear God’s voice these days? Are you going out regularly to stand on the mountain and wait for him? If not, why not? What does God want to whisper to you today?

Reflection: When we go out and stand on the mountain of God, we should not be surprised when the first thing we encounter is the whirlwind, or the earthquake, or the fire. No, these will come and they will go, but God is not in them. We must allow them to pass. We must weather the storm of our anxieties and doubts and insecurities. They will assault us and attempt to distract and overwhelm us, but if we stand firm in the stillness, and wait patiently for God to pass by, eventually he will come. He will not come with a lot of noise and commotion and fanfare. He will come like a gentle breeze. He will speak in a soft whisper. So hush, my soul, be still. Wait patiently on your God. He will come. He will speak. And when he does everything in you will be raised to life.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Eric and Beth returned to the Ukraine last year to help with church planting in Kiev. Pray today for a revival throughout the Lugansk and the entirety of the war zone.

FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men's prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work "Behind the Walls" includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray today for each person in these facilities that they may be open to the gospel when it is presented by FOCUS.

Closing Prayer: Whisper to my heart, O God. Do not let the noise and chaos of this day keep me from being able to hear your still, small voice. Amen.