Mission Devotional - August 30, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

"Psalm 131"

Scripture Reading:

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 ESV

Prayer: O Lord, forgive us when we get too full of ourselves - when we get a little too big for our britches. Forgive us when we fall in love with our own observations and opinions and begin to take ourselves far too seriously. Forgive us when we begin to think that we can handle things on our own, or make things happen for ourselves. For when we do these things, we take up all the space and leave no room for you to move and to act.

Humble us, O Lord, and make us like little children in the arms of their mother. Not children who are needy and demanding, but weaned children who are still and calm, safe and secure and satisfied. Content to just be held in your loving embrace. For that is what our hearts - and yours - most deeply long for. Amen.

Prayer for our mission partners

Tim and Barbie K. are working to translate the Bible into the Makori language. Barbie is also guest house manager and a Regional Director, having responsibility for more than 20 missionaries in the area. Their main goal is to see the church in their area effectively using its own Bible translation. Pray today for Tim and Barbie who will be spending time through October in the U.S. helping Barbie's mother. Their translation work will continue during this time as Tim can work remotely.

World Horizons is a network of people, joined together by relationship and a common goal of reaching the unreached. Pray today for the work of all the people partnering with World Horizons around the world.

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