Mission Devotional - August 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Psalm 131

Opening Prayer: O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 131:1-3 ESV)

Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3

Journal: Write your own version of Psalm 131. What is God saying to you through it?

Reflection: I am not full of myself, O Lord. I don’t try to put myself above others or think too highly of myself or my opinion. I don’t see myself as a necessity in matters of great importance - trying to gain importance for myself in the process. But I have broken free of the need to be needed, from the need to have impact and significance in the lives of others. I have finally stilled and quieted my soul; like a little baby, content in the loving embrace of its mother - no neediness, no demands, no worries. Like a little baby in its mothers loving embrace is my souls within me. O people of God, put you hope in the Lord your God and find your rest in him, always and forever.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & Middle East

Isik Abla hosts a satellite TV program called "Light for the Heart" on the Kanal Hayat Turkish-language channel. She also hosts a live call-in program that is simulcast on the Turkish and Farsi channels throughout the Middle East and Europe. These TV programs deliver the message of love, healing, and freedom through Christ Jesus, reflecting on Isik's own life experience. Pray today for a plan to translate her TV programs into the Indonesian language due to the great demand and interest from Indonesian seekers.

Knoxville Internationals Network (KIN) began in 2010 when a group of believers involved in ministry among internationals in Knoxville gathered to discuss how they could work together to make a difference in our city. As a result, KIN was born and launched a series of community meetings to raise awareness of the needs among internationals and to give ministries, churches, non-profits and other organizations a forum to connect and share information and resources. Pray today for the various ministries in Knoxville for refugees in the areas of education, health, wellness and employment.

Closing Prayer: God, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans.

I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content.

Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always! (The Message)