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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ever Present

Opening Prayer: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3, NIV)

Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11

Journal: How aware of God’s presence and help are you on a daily basis? How can you become more aware?

Reflection: It is such a beautiful thing that God is ever-present to us. Thus, we never have to live in fear, even if the earth gives way or the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Regardless of what happens to us, around us, or even within us, God is always right there. He is with us in ways we cannot even imagine. How incredibly comforting that is! I can't imagine any other way that we could possibly be still and know he is God apart from that wonderful truth.

Our problem, however, does not come with God being ever-present to us, but with us being ever-present to him. That is our challenge. For if he is present to us, but we are not present to him, what good does that really do? How can that give us any sense of peace, or comfort, or even help? Don't get me wrong, God is not dependent on us in any way, shape, or form, in order to move and to act, but he wants more for us than that. For if we are not aware of him moving and acting, then we have missed a great gift. In fact, we are still at the mercy of our surroundings, or emotions, our moods, and our circumstances. If, however, we are ever-present to him, as he is ever-present to us, that changes everything.

In order for us to live life the way He intended it to be lived, we must learn how to be ever-present to God. And maybe the words of this ancient prayer offer us just the help we need. "God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble." If we plant these twelve words in our hearts, and repeat them over and over again with our mouths and in our minds (the scriptures call this meditation), they can function as a sweet companion throughout the day, helping us to be constantly connected and aware of the God we so often forget. Give it a try today and tell me how it goes.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Africa

Andy and Bev Warren serve with an MTW team that is involved in HIV/AIDS work and church planting through the Ethiopia Aids Care and Treatment (ACT) Project. The project targets slum communities in Addis Ababa which contain the neediest people in the community - large percentages of women with small children. In recent years, the project has served more than 500 AIDS-affected families, reaching more than 1,200 people. Pray today for the 56 HIV positive children being reached by the project.

The focus of Global Golf is to serve women at all levels of competitive golf - professional tour players, college athletes, coaches and club pros - and introduce them to Jesus Christ through long-term relationships built around golf. Evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care are Global Golf's primary purposes. Pray today for Cris for good health and stamina as she travels during the tour season and extends God's love to these professional athletes.

Closing Prayer: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. (Psalm 46:1-3, ESV)