Mission Devotional - July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"You Prepare A Table"

Opening Prayer: You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Thank you!

Scripture: Psalm 23:5

Journal: How is God preparing a table for you these days? What does that look like in your life? What does that knowledge do in your soul?

Reflection: They say that you can't rush a good thing. And in this life, I have found that to be profoundly true - especially in the case of a good meal. And yet we get so impatient. Our hunger drives us to want that meal now. Unfortunately, in the spiritual life, there are no drive thrus. It is, and will always be, a slow work. The best things always are. The key to being patient in our waiting lies in our trust of the one who is preparing the meal. If we are able to trust in the goodness of what is to come - and the heart of the one who is preparing it - it will allow us to wait in joyful expectancy, rather than in irritable frustration. We must believe that God is at work - always at work - preparing an incredibly beautiful meal for us; one that will surpass all of our greatest hopes and wildest dreams.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & the Middle East

Hugo and Jackie are from South Africa and have two children, Marlena and John. Hugo is one of the leaders of a media ministry and has also been providing oversight to the PALM ministry (Preparing Arab World Leaders for Ministry) for the last few years. Pray today for this family as they spend some time this month visiting family and friends in South Africa.

The mission of Compassion Coalition is to inform, prepare, and unite churches to transform lives and communities through the love of Christ. They strive to walk alongside Knoxville-area churches who earnestly desire to slow down and respond to the cry of the suffering, the broken, and the abandoned within their congregations and out in the community. Pray today for the work of this ministry in Knoxville and for the staff that works with Executive Director Grant Standefer.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, help me to truly believe that you are at work - always at work - preparing a table for me that is beyond all I could ask or imagine.