Mission Devotional - November 28, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Opening Prayer: Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that you are here present; I adore you with the deepest humility, and render to you, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to your sovereign majesty. O my God, I most humbly thank you for all the favors you have bestowed upon me to the present moment. I give you thanks from the depth of my heart that you have created me after your own image and likeness, that you have redeemed me by the precious blood of your dear Son, and that you have preserved me and brought me safe to the beginning of another day. I offer to you, O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions and sufferings of this day. I consecrate them all to the glory of your name, beseeching you that through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Savior, they may all find acceptance in your sight. May your divine love animate them, and may they all tend to your greater glory. - A Morning Prayer to the Trinity
Scripture: John 17:20-23
Journal: How do you feel about this prayer that Jesus prays for you? How is it playing out in your life? How is the Trinity a model for the life God desires for us and among us?
Reflection: Out of the overflow of Divine Love we were dreamt into being, in order that we might participate in the intimacy and affection of the Trinity. In the words of Paul Marechal: "The Trinity is a round dance in which Love flames forth from one Person to the Other in a flow that never ceases. The Father is One and his Dance is Three: Love flaming out of the Silence of the Secret One, and returning to Abba in one concurrent, timeless motion - in the embrace of the Spirit." This is the life Jesus is praying for in and among us, a life of intimate union with God and with one another. Why would we settle for anything less? It is by seeing and tasting this life within and among us that people will believe. As we dance with God, and dance with each other, the world around us will be drawn into this intimate, beautiful mystery.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Bill Harding is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill's gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. Pray today for a successful start for new missionaries with SIM that are going to some of the least reached populations of the world.
FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men's prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work "Behind the Walls" includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray today for each person in these facilities that they may be open to the gospel when it is presented by FOCUS.
Closing Prayer: Enable me today, O God, to join the Divine Dance of the Trinity. Amen.