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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, awaken me, you whose love burns beyond the stars; light the flame of my lantern that I may always burn with love. (A Traveler Toward the Dawn by John Eagan)

Scripture: Luke 12:49-50

Journal: What fire is burning within you these days? How does God want to set you ablaze?

Reflection: Philosopher William James said: "In some people religion exists as a dull habit, in others as an acute fever." Jesus did not endure the shame of the cross to hand on a dull habit. (If you don't have the fever, dear reader, a passion for God and His Christ, drop this book, fall on your knees, and beg for it; turn to the God you half-believe in and cry out for His baptism of fire.) (The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning)

Cast aside everything that might extinguish this small flame which is beginning to burn within you, and surround yourself with everything which can feed and fan it into a strong flame. - The Art of Prayer

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

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. Construction continues for the church building and dedication of the building is planned for May 12, 2017. Pray that this new building will continue to draw unbelievers to hear the gospel. To find out more, go to the Reclamation Stories blog and watch a video.

Al Massira is an online course for groups to use that presents the Christian faith through a chronological overview of the Bible. It centers the Christian faith in its original Middle Eastern context and includes a variety of integrated activities: viewing the films, open discussion, prayer, food and companionship. Pray today for those just starting the course, that they will find Jesus through it and begin a new life with him.

Closing Prayer: Let your fire burn within me, O Jesus, that I would be totally consumed by your furious love. Kindle the fires of your affection deep in my soul, that I may always burn with love for you. Amen.