Mission Devotional - November 24, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Detachment

Opening Prayer: To you alone, O Lord, do I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. (Psalm 25:1-2)

Scripture: Psalm 62:1-8

Journal: What are you demanding from friends or family that only God is able to give? What would it look like if you let go of that demand and trusted God to be the one to fully meet that need for you? How would you be better able to love?

Reflection: Because we have been clinging to friends for support, we have left ourselves open for defeat and dismay. The detached love of Christian friends is other than that. I love you, I say, but I do not need you to tell me who I am. For the Lord Himself does that, when He whispers His love in my ear every day. Every day He creates me anew and sharpens my identity by grace. From him comes strength. He gives me my confidence, my self-assurance. He awakens my sense of destiny. Because of Him, I know the future stretches ahead, and he is calling me to find it. And even when I walk together with Him, even when I can't see my hand in front of me, I am sure. And you, my friend, may walk together with us - with my Lord and with me. And we will share our love generously with you. But I will not lean on any human being for God-support. When God sends his grace through another person, I will remember God first for that. I will praise God first for that. I will cherish the friend who was my channel of grace. But I will not, dare not, make a god of her or him. I will not lean too hard on my friends. I know their frailties and I know my own. (Clinging by Emilie Griffin)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: North Africa & the Middle East

T works with the SEED Company (an affiliate organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators) in their mission to promote and accelerate Bible translation by indigenous churches and organizations in their home countries. T watches over 12 translation projects that represent 35 languages, many of which are just receiving the first Scripture in their own language. Pray today that all of the translation teams will be protected from anti-Christian groups in the areas where they are working. Pray also for T as he travels into restricted countries that he will always appear "uninteresting" to immigration officers.

The Restoration House (TRH) is working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God's good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for the funding to become available to finish the final 6 units of their 2018 expansion.

Closing Prayer: For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope comes from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6, ESV)