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Mission Devotional - May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 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:

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1, ESV)

*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

O Lord, our God, how we long, both as individuals and as a body, to be like a tree planted by streams of water. How we long to be vibrant and alive and fruitful. Thank you for the promise that as we delight in your word, and meditate on it day and night, we will be. Plant us firmly, O God, by your river of delights, by your springs of living water, by the streams of your unfailing and unending love, so that we might never be blown to and fro by the winds of mood or circumstance. Help us to know that you are always at work among and within us, preparing us for something and for someone, as well as preparing someone for us. We look forward to the day when the season is right and the fruit of this time of transition is finally ripe and ready to be seen and known. But for the time being, O Lord, help us to be like a tree planted by streams of water. Amen.

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW’s church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Pastor Yoshimura and Higashiyama Grace Community, the new church plant in Nagoya. Darlene is a member of the church planting team. Pray today that Darlene’s team could find ways to help meet needs in the community and for an understanding of those needs as well as for creativity in reaching out to people.

Hope Resource Center is a multi-faceted Christian ministry addressing such matters as sexual purity and health, unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion stress and abstinence education. Pray today for all the young women who will come to this ministry this month.