Mission Devotional - June 1, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

This month we continue rotating the same devotional readings each week, although each day will feature new mission prayer requests. Our hope is that you will be inspired to reflect more deeply in the scriptures and let the prayers guide you.

"Belonging"

Opening Prayer: Lord God, please remind us this day that before we can fruitfully belong to each other, we first must belong to you. That is the only way that true community can ever take place. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 133:1-3

Journal: What is your level of belonging these days? How does it manifest itself? How do you try to satisfy your need to belong? How is God inviting you to belong more deeply to him? How is God calling you to help others in their quest for belonging? How is your spiritual community helping people belong?

Reflection:For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” We all have a deep need to belong. It is how we were made. It is woven into our DNA. It is part of what it means to be made in the image of the Triune God. When we truly belong, we experience life the way it was intended to be. And when, for some reason, we feel like we do not belong, it makes us the worst version of ourselves - needy, clingy, demanding, insecure, fearful, etc.

But before we can ever truly belong to one another, we must first belong to God. If our need to belong is not first met in him, then we will angrily move toward one another, demanding from each other what we were never intended to fully give. But if we are able, by God’s grace, to find our sense of belonging first in him, then we can experience the beauty and the blessing of community spoken of in Psalm 133; the kind of community in which God bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

Then we can finally move beyond ourselves and consider how to help make others feel like they belong as well. Then we can start to consider how we can invite them to belong more deeply to Jesus. And how we can invite them to more deeply belong to one another. Then we can dream about how we can create spaces of belonging, both within us and among us, so that people are draw to our community like moths to a flame. For only then will our life together be like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard - fragrant, rich, healing soothing. For only then will our community be like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion. For only then will our community be something worth belonging to.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & the Middle East

We are providing prayer support for two families living in Creative Access countries who are “Tent Makers.” Their work gives them access to the local population. Pray today for wisdom and safety for these two growing families.

Since 1996, the Mission of Hope has ministered to the people of various counties in Kentucky and Tennessee from which 80% of the residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry. From their first campaign helping 150 children in 1996, they are now helping thousands of children each year with food, hygiene, new clothing and new toys. Pray today for this ministry’s work as they continue to reach many new families.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, thank you that, ultimately, I belong to you. And because I belong to you, I can freely belong to others. Help me, O Lord, to be a part of your desire to bring others into the full knowledge of that belonging - first to you and then to each other. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.