Mission Devotional - May 7, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 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:

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.  

God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46, 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

Forgive us, O Lord, when we allow our circumstances to get the best of our fearful hearts. When we allow what is going on around us to determine what is going on within us. When we start running around helter-skelter, out of fear and anxiety and insecurity, trying to manage and control things that are completely out of our control. Thank goodness they are not out of yours. After all, you are the Lord God Almighty. You are the God of angel armies. You are the God who fights for us and the God who is always with us. You are the God of Jacob. You are the God who both wrestles with us and who transforms us. You are the God who rescues us, who delivers us, and who is ever-faithful to us. You are our fortress, our refuge, our strength, and our ever-present help. Help us, O Lord, to trust in you. So much so that we are actually able to be still and know that you are God.

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Vitaly and Oksana Voinov live in Moscow, Russia. Vitaly is working with the Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) in Russia/CIS as IBT’s director. IBT has been serving the non-Slavic peoples of the former Soviet Union for four decades by translating the Holy Scriptures - Bibles, New Testaments, individual Bible books, and illustrated Children’s Bibles. Pray today for the Nenets people who live in the Arctic Circle to become interested in scripture materials that the Bible translation team has been working on for many years to produce.

FISH is a food distribution ministry which is sponsored by many churches and food banks in the Knoxville city area. CSPC stocks the food pantry once a year, takes calls for food, and also distributes the food once per month. Pray today for each family that receives food from FISH.