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Mission Devotional - July 17, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 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: Africa

Mark and Annemarie Dye are passionate about building Christian leaders to mobilize and equip the African Church for mission in the world. Pray today for the eradication of Ebola in all of DR Congo and for the door to open for the UWM DR Congo team to return. Some on the team need visa renewals.

Logan and Melissa Keck are church planters with the Egleston Project in Boston. This project has planted Christ the King, JP/Roxbury. The Kecks ask that you pray for spiritual growth and leadership development for the many new believers and spiritually young believers in their congregation. Pray today that the Lord would draw people to himself and lead Logan, Melissa and their team to continue to find fruitful new relationships.

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.