Mission Devotional - July 4, 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019

"Stilling"

Opening Prayer: Be still, O my soul, and know that he is God.

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Journal: How still is your soul these days? How will you try to still it?

Reflection: Contrary to popular opinion, being still and knowing that he is God does not happen overnight; it takes time and space, effort and intention. It takes the effort to not exert effort. It takes trying not to try. It takes actively being inactive. For without this kind of effort, stillness is unlikely to ever become a reality.

You don't fly up to a stop sign at one hundred miles an hour and expect to be able to stop on a dime. The momentum of your life will make that an impossibility. You must begin to slow down well in advance of the sign to make stillness a possibility - or give yourself the freedom to go well past the sign before the stopping truly occurs. Either way, it takes time to come to a stop.

It is the same way with being still and knowing that he is God. It is a process, not a moment. It is possible, but only if we make the necessary time and space to allow it to happen. And the beauty of it is that once it does finally happen, it will not be quite so difficult for it to happen again and again. We become more and more practiced in the art of stilling.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

H and L serve in Asia. H serves as a coordinator for their agency's efforts to facilitate the development of local mission movements within one country in Asia, particularly for reaching the peoples of East Asia. L is working to connect Asian citizens who have become Christians while studying abroad with local churches in their own countries upon their return. Pray today for the work of H and L and the mission workers in East Asia that they are serving.

Campus Renewal Ministries is a National Christian Ministry devoted to seeing transformation on college campuses for God's glory. They have been around for over 15 years and work with colleges across America. Pray today for their leaders to have a renewed vision for ministry on UT's campus as they serve students.

Closing Prayer: Be still and know that I am God.