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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve 2017

Opening Prayer: O God, my Father, I have no words, no words by which I dare express the things that stir within me. I lay bare myself, my world, before you in quietness. Brood over my spirit with your great tenderness and understanding and judgment, so that I find, in some strange way, strength for my weakness, health for my illness, guidance for my journey. This is the stirring of my heart, O God, my Father. Amen. - Howard Thurman

Scripture: Revelation 3:20-22

Journal: How is God stirring you these days? How is he knocking? What does it look like to open the door and let him in to that part of your life or heart? What is he saying to you today?

Reflection: The presence of God is never intrusive. He will not break the door down and bust into your life; that is not his way. Instead, he will stand, knocking and calling. He will wait for us to hear his voice and to open the door. Thus, there are two parts to this equation, the hearing and the opening. Both are a necessary. Once we hear and open, then, and only then, will he come in, draw up a chair, and invite us to taste and see that he is good.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Isik Abla hosts a satellite TV program called "Light for the Heart" on the Kanal Hayat Turkish-language channel. She also hosts a live call-in program that is simulcast on the Turkish and Farsi channels throughout the Middle East and Europe. These TV programs deliver the message of love, healing, and freedom through Christ Jesus, reflecting on Isik's own life experience. Pray today for her plans to start dubbing TV programs into the Indonesian language due to the great demand and interest from Indonesian seekers. As the largest Muslim-populated country in the world, the opportunity to share the gospel is unprecedented.

The Philadelphians Prison Ministry has been ministering in Tennessee prisons for 27+ years. Its purpose is to change the thinking of a prisoner through the power and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is done through strong Bible teaching with praise and worship services, weekly in-prison group meetings, the HELP program, and a transitional housing program, the HELP House, in Knoxville. Christian ministry counseling is given to inmate's loved ones, the "silent victims" of crime. Pray today for the volunteers and the inmates that are being reached by this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Come in, Lord Jesus. I hear your voice and I open the door. Come, be with me, dine with me, and speak to me. Give me the life and the intimacy my soul most deeply longs for. Amen.