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Mission Devotional - November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord, you know me better than I know myself. Your Spirit pervades every moment of my life. Thank you for the grace and love you shower on me. Thank you for your constant, gentle invitation to let you into my life. Forgive me for the times I have refused that invitation, and closed myself off from you. Help me in the day to come, to recognize your presence in my life, to open myself to you, to let you work in me, to your greater glory. Amen. (The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius)

Scripture: John 21:1-14

Journal: What helps you to recognize Jesus in your life? How will you cultivate the ability to recognize him more often?

Reflection: Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus. (John 21:4)

It seems that one of the disciplines most necessary during the Easter season is the discipline of recognizing. After all, the risen Christ could appear at any moment and we must pay careful attention, lest we miss him - just ask the disciples. They were so busy not catching fish that they were oblivious to the fact that Jesus had been standing on the shore, at least long enough to build a fire and get some coals hot. Why had they missed him? The simple answer is that they were preoccupied. They were so busy with the task at hand that they were paying no attention to anything else. I get that. I can get caught up in the comings and goings of my day just as easily. Busyness, preoccupation, and hurry can blind me to the fact that Jesus is standing right there on the shoreline of my life and I have not recognized him. I must learn how to slow down, to pay attention. I must learn how to go through the course of my days with an eye out for the Risen One. I must not let the chaos and activity of everyday life sweep me away and distract me from the real reason I am here in the first place - Jesus.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Isik Abla hosts a satellite TV program called "Light for the Heart" on the Kanal Hayat Turkish-language channel. She also hosts a live call-in program that is simulcast on the Turkish and Farsi channels throughout the Middle East and Europe. These TV programs deliver the message of love, healing, and freedom through Christ Jesus, reflecting on Isik's own life experience. Pray today for her plans to start dubbing TV programs into the Indonesian language due to the great demand and interest from Indonesian seekers. As the largest Muslim-populated country in the world, the opportunity to share the gospel is unprecedented.

The mission of Compassion Coalition is to inform, prepare, and unite churches to transform lives and communities through the love of Christ. They strive to walk alongside Knoxville-area churches who earnestly desire to slow down and respond to the cry of the suffering, the broken, and the abandoned within their congregations and out in the community. Pray today for the work of this ministry in Knoxville and for the staff that works with Executive Director Grant Standefer.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the grace and the ability to recognize you today, however you may come to me. Amen.