Mission Devotional - August 24, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

"Psalm 133"

Scripture Reading:

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. - Psalm 133 ESV

Prayer: How good and pleasant it is, O God, when we do life together the way you intended it to be done. For that is the way you designed it to be - a beautiful expression of the very life of the Trinity lived out in relationships. It is a way of being that begins to reverse the effects of the fall and makes space for us to be fully known and fully loved once again.

It is so beautiful and so life-giving that it is like precious oil being poured on our heads - soothing, healing, and fragrant. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion. It is where you bestow your blessing, even life forevermore. Who in their right mind would not want to experience life like that?

So show us, O God, how to live life together in unity. Show us what it means and show us what it doesn't mean. Give us the grace and the courage to set aside our own individualistic mindsets and be continually committed to turning toward one another in love and unity. For you made us to live in community, not in isolation. So help us to do just that. Amen.

Prayer for our mission partners

Josh and Jenny M. are working with the RAK Church Plant in the United Arab Emirates. The RAK Evangelical Church has now been formally constituted as a church with about 40 members. Pray today for the many people attending the English for Non-Native Speakers classes on Friday mornings.

The Thornston Educational Fund is an organization whose mission is to initiate and develop relationships with certain educational institutions that serve the needs of underprivileged individuals and families in Asia. Pray today for the organization's work and for the people who are served.

Closing Prayer: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.