Mission Devotional - November 2, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Pour

Opening Prayer: O God, you who expressed yourself fully in the Lord Jesus, help us - we who are made in your image - to be living expressions of your love, care, and creativity in this world. For it is only when we pour ourselves out, that we are being most like your Son. Help us to do just that, today and every day. Amen.

Scripture: Philippians 2:17-18

Journal: How is God asking you to be poured out? What gifts did he give you that only find their ultimate expression and satisfaction when they are being poured out to others?

Reflection:

pour

O to use the gift
You have breathed
into each of us
is like a fountain
a well springing up
to overflowing
which cannot
and should not
be contained

how good and pleasant
it is when that which
was breathed into us
is poured out

it is as if the soul itself
were calling out
from its depths
for this i was made

for there is a filling
and there is a pouring
that is all part
of the grand design

life begetting life
begetting life
begetting life
and on and on
to eternity

reflecting all the while
the nature of our creator

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Mostafa and Mona Sharkawy serve among Arab Muslims in the U.K. Their goals are to see Arabic churches arise from Muslim background believers, to see new generations of leaders from Muslim believers, and to teach and prepare them for future ministry. Pray today for the growing ministry inside the Immigration Removal Centre as more refugees arrive in the United Kingdom. Pray for opportunities and protection for Mostafa as well as open and willing hearts for the detainees.

KDEC or Kasr el Dobara Evangelistic Church is the largest evangelical church in the middle east. Started in 1948, it has grown to a membership of 8,000 members. Pray today for the ministry leaders and members of this church as they continue to reach the lost in their city.

Closing Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have given me gifts, in order that I might give them away. And thank you that this giving away has a glorious effect on my soul - renewing and replenishing itself even in the giving. This is your grand design. Amen.