Mission Devotional - May 18, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Today's Devotional Reading

Listen: Listen to the words of this ancient prayer and listen for the prayer of God that rises in your heart:

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.  
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore. (Psalm 133, NIV)

*Read through the Psalm several times slowly.

Journal: How is God leading you to pray today? What words or images seem most alive to you? Why? Sit before God in prayer today and allow him to speak through these words or images. Then offer whatever arises within you back to him in prayer.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

How good and pleasant it is, O God, when we do life together the way you intended it to be done. For that is the way you designed it to be - a beautiful expression of the very life of the Trinity lived out in relationships. It is a way of being that begins to reverse the effects of the fall and makes space for us to be fully known and fully loved once again.

It is so beautiful and so life-giving that it is like precious oil being poured on our head - soothing, healing, and fragrant. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion. It is where you bestow your blessing, even life forevermore. Who in their right mind would not want to experience life like that?

So show us, O God, how to live life together in unity. Show us what it means and show us what it doesn’t mean. Give us the grace and the courage to set aside our own individualistic mindsets and be continually committed to turning toward one another in love and unity. For you made us to live in community, not in isolation. So help us to do just that. Amen.

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Bruce and Laura Harris directed SEND International’s camp and conference ministry in the mountains of western Tokyo for many years. The Harrises have returned to church planting and are working in Tokyo. Pray today for an improvement in the health of the pastor of Jousui Megumi Church and for spiritual growth for the congregation.

Hope House Knoxville is a ministry that provides housing and guidance for young adults who have reached an age where they no longer qualify to live in foster care. Pray today for Kathy Smith who lives in Hope House and serves as the resident manager as she provides loving support for residents. Pray also for each resident that they may get the vision and hope they need to begin a successful adult life following their time at Hope House.