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Mission Devotional - July 3, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 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: Asia

J and C are working in a Creative Access country for World Outreach. J. is developing an entry platform using sustainable technologies that will provide income and economic development for the people there. Pray today for new national workers to join the team. A couple from Brazil has just joined the team. At least two more national workers are needed. Pray also for J as he transitions to a training role and steps back to let others manage the day to day operations.

Bridge Refugee Services facilitates the resettlement of refugees in East Tennessee. Bridge empowers refugees to become self-sufficient, and works closely with many volunteers, employers, and churches that sponsor refugee families. Pray today for all the refugee families that have recently settled in Knoxville and those that are waiting to come to the United States. Pray that God will remove the barriers that prevent them from entering our country.

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.