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Mission Devotional - July 12, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

"Find Rest"

Opening Prayer: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8, NIV)

Scripture: Psalm 62:1-12

Journal: What keeps you from finding rest in God alone? What is at the root of that? How can you get past that and begin to experience the rest that God intended for you?

Reflection: "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him."

I don't know about you, but finding rest comes hard for me. Maybe it is the constant need I feel to try and prove myself. Or maybe it is the deep sense of anxiety that consumes my heart and soul on a regular basis. Or maybe it is a combination of a lot of things. Whatever the reason, the presence of an abiding rest and peace within me is a bit of an elusive creature: hard to find and, once found, hard to keep.

Maybe it was that way for King David as well. In fact, maybe that's the reason he wrote this prayer in the first place. Maybe it was through repeating these very words - over and over and over again - that he hoped, someday, to arrive at the rest and the peace his heart and soul were most deeply longing for.

And maybe it could be the same for me. Maybe if I plant these words deep in the soil of my soul, they will, one day, grow into something beautiful and substantial. Maybe they can help me to believe that God really is both strong and loving. And maybe that belief can lead me to the place of genuine trust in him. And maybe, just maybe, that trust will one day allow my heart and soul to find their rest in him. A man can dream, right?

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

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. Pray today for the many people attending the English for Non-Native Speakers classes on Friday mornings.

We provide support for cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International) in France and Albania. Agape Europe, an umbrella organization of 18 national ministries, is the Western European ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International, a non-profit organization that brings spiritual hope and help to millions of people around the globe. Pray today for the leaders of cru in France and Albania.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, help this prayer take root deep within me, that it might become more and more the reality of my life. Amen.