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Mission Devotional - August 8, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, forgive us from turning away from your love and chasing less wild lovers who can never satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Help us, O Lord, to return to you, our one true love. Amen.

Scripture: Jeremiah 3:1-14

Journal: Who, or what, is God’s main competition for your love and affection these days? What does it look like to return to him as your one true love?



you have scattered
your favors to foreign
gods under every
spreading tree…
return, faithless people,
for I am your husband.
(Jer. 3:13-14)

o my bride
my church
i am your God
your husband
your lover

i made you for myself
that i might give myself to you
that you might live with me
in a sacred romance
in union and intimacy
beyond your wildest dreams

but you have turned away
you have given
the most intimate
parts of yourself
to other lovers

you have given your
attention and affection
to foreign gods
that do not love you
the way i do

you have scattered
your favors to them
under every green tree

o my love
my bride
what shall i do with you
you have broken my heart

how i long to be
the focus of all your love
the object of
your deepest affections

how i long for you
to return to our bed
that i might show
my love to you once again.

but i will not share you
with another
i will not compete
for your love

you must leave
your other lovers
and return to me

return to me
my love
my bride
for i am
your one true love

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Jeff and Ellen work among unreached people groups in two restricted access countries of Southeast Asia catalyzing Church Planting Movements. Pray today for the tea export and counseling platforms that their China team is establishing.

Gospel Wave Media is a satellite and Internet ministry that produces, records and broadcasts Christian television programs to Central Asia. Pray today for safe travels, for God's protection and guidance for the staff of this ministry.

Closing Prayer: O God, you are our lover, our husband, our God. Help us to love you before all else in our lives. For anyone or anything that comes before you is an idol. Lord, have mercy. Amen.