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Mission Devotional - February 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: My God, my Father, when I consider your greatness and your goodness, when my heart is bowed in adoration before the Holy One who inhabits eternity, my spirits sink as I remember that your thoughts have not been my thoughts and your ways have not been my ways. I have fallen far short of your glory. I have not been what I might have been; I have no done what I might have done. Have mercy on me, according to your loving-kindness in Christ Jesus, or Lord. In His Name. Amen. (Daily Prayer Companion by Hebert Welch)

Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16

Journal: How does it help you to know that Jesus is our Great High Priest? How does it help you to know that Jesus in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin? Does that give you confidence to draw near to the throne of grace today?

Reflection: Now that we know what we have - Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God - let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all - all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. - The Message

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Jeff and Ellen work among unreached people groups in two restricted access countries of Southeast Asia catalyzing Church Planting Movements. Pray today for new workers to join Mekong Ministries to reach unreached people groups. The Black Hmong and Dong are the two groups they urgently need workers for. Pray today for the new churches started among the Tai Lue in Laos and that they will birth new churches this year.

Cedar Springs partners with Redeemer City to City to plant churches in urban areas around the world. Pray for all of the church planters that are supported throughout the world, especially the Nelson family in Paris. Several of their church members were directly affected by the recent terror attacks. They ask that you "pray for peace, healing and for a renewed trust in our Good Shepherd."

Closing Prayer: We give thanks unto you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have this day so graciously protected us; and we beseech you to forgive us all our sins, and by your great mercy defend us from all the perils and dangers of this night. - Lutheran Service Book