Mission Devotional - May 3, 2019

Friday, May 3, 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:

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 131, 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, forgive us when we get too full of ourselves - when we get a little too big for our britches. Forgive us when we fall in love with our own observations and opinions and begin to take ourselves far too seriously. Forgive us when we begin to think that we can handle things on our own, or make things happen for ourselves. For when we do these things, we take up all the space and leave no room for you to move and to act.

Humble us, O Lord, and make us like little children in the arms of their mother. Not children who are needy and demanding, but weaned children who are still and calm, safe and secure and satisfied. Content to just be held in your loving embrace. For that is what our hearts - and yours - most deeply long for. Amen.

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Pete and Ruth Mitchell are church planters in France with Mission to the World (MTW) and in collaboration with the Eglise Réformée Evangélique de France (French Reformed Evangelical Church). Pete's role is that of team leader. The Mitchells are living in Toulouse planting a new church in Tournefeuille. Pray today for vision trip preparations. There are ten people traveling from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii to pray for the work in Toulouse.

Church of the Redeemer in Maryville is one of Cedar Springs' church plants. Pray today for Pastor Dave Strunk and those that are attending services each Sunday at Alcoa High School and are helping to grow this community. For details, visit https://churchotr.com.