Mission Devotional - August 6, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
Opening Prayer: Open me up, O God, to the flow of your life and your Spirit within me. Help me to make space and time for you, that I might have room to flourish. Amen.
Scripture: Genesis 26:17-22
Journal: What is blocking the wells of your soul these days? What is stopping up the flow of the life of the Spirit within you? What would it look like to re-open those wells?
Reflection: The practice of confession is essential to the spiritual life. It is a practice that opens us up to the work and movement of God. It is a practice that brings life. Without confession we live in secrecy and shame. Secrets bring about the opposite of life. They close us off. They stop us up. They clog our wells. They dry up the flow of the Spirit within us.
In confession we are able to empty ourselves of shame and open ourselves to God, and to each other. Thus, confession - and forgiveness - is intended to bring freedom. It is the unburdening of ourselves to God. The practice of confession helps to reopen our stopped-up wells and give us room to flourish.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Central America
Kenton and Adriana Wood serve in Guadalajara, Mexico as church planters. Pray today for Kenton who oversees a mother church that has six services on Sunday. Pray also for the Purépecha Indians in the nearby state of Michoacan that they may be reached with the gospel.
Global Golf is to serve women at all levels of competitive golf - professional tour players, college athletes, coaches and club pros - and introduce them to Jesus Christ through long-term relationships built around golf. Evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care are Global Golf's primary purposes. Pray today for Cris for good health and stamina as she travels during the tour season.
Closing Prayer: Unclog my wells, O God. Open up the pathways of the Spirit within me, that your life and your power might flow in and through me unhindered. Amen.