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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Opening Prayer: O Lord, may I be like a tree planted by the stream, rather than like chaff that is blown by the wind. May I meditate on you and your law in a way that gives my life the rootedness and the durability you want me to have, even in the midst of the storms. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6

Journal: Which one best describes your life right now: planted by the stream or blow about by the winds? How might prayer and meditation affect that? How has God's word spoken into your life lately?

Reflection: Two things are prominent in Psalm 1: an action and an image. Torah-meditation is the action; a transplanted tree is the image.

Torah (law) is God's words that hit the target of the human condition. The noun torah comes from the verb, yarah, that means to throw something, a javelin, say, so that it hits its mark. The word that hits its mark is torah. In living speech, words are javelins hurled from one mind into another. The javelin word goes out of one person and pierces another. Not all words are javelins; some are only tin cans, carrying information from one place to another. But God's word has this aimed, intentional, personal nature. When we are spoken to this way, piercingly and penetratingly, we are not the same. These words get inside us and work their meaning in us.

As we prepare to pray, to answer the words God addresses to us, we learn that all of God's words have this characteristic: they are torah and we are target. (Answering God by Eugene Peterson)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Steve Hoke works with national church denominations and mission organizations in 25 countries and North America in the area of leader development and strategic life coaching. Pray today for the dozens of gifted and passionate men and women that CRM needs to lead mission teams to catalyze and launch disciple making movements in difficult places of the world.

The Thornston Educational Fund is an organization whose mission is to initiate and develop relationships with certain educational institutions that serve the needs of underprivileged individuals and families in Asia. Pray today for the organization's work and for the people who are served.

Closing Prayer: O God, may your word pierce the target of my heart this day. May it start a work in me that gives my life both rootedness and fruitfulness. Amen.