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Mission Devotional - July 19, 2019

Friday, July 19, 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: Africa

Heath and Angela Many have been serving as medical missionaries in their respective fields (surgery and obstetrics/gynecology at Tenwek Hospital, a Christian mission hospital in rural Kenya. Pray today for the Many family as they prepare for Rees to begin high school at a boarding school 3 hours away in August.

The vision of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. Their mission is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Pray today for all the FCA leaders and student athletes in Knoxville as well as Andy and Erin Owens work with Young Life in Kentucky.

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.