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Mission Devotional - July 5, 2019

Friday, July 5, 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

Tezar and Tatiana Putra live in Jakarta, Indonesia where Tezar is the teaching pastor at Covenant City Church. Tezar is an ordained minister under the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and is a pastor within the Redeemer City to City Church Planting Network. Pray today for the growth of Covenant City Church in Jakarta and for all of the people who will be coming to it in the upcoming days.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is committed to the evangelism of boys and girls through Good News Clubs, the Tennessee Valley Fair and any other means to reach the children of the Knoxville community. Good News Club is a ministry in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes and just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent's permission. Pray today for the families of the children that attend the Good News Clubs each week that they may know and understand the love of Jesus.

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.