Mission Devotional - October 23, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for always trying to be something, when you have called me to become nothing. Ironically, the only way I can ever hope to become nothing, is to believe that you alone make me something. Lord, have mercy. Amen.
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12
Journal: What do you hear God saying to you today?
Reflection: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3-12, ESV) Blessed are those who are not full of themselves, for then there is room within them for the kingdom of God.
Blessed are those who groan over things not being as they were intended to be, for one day they will be made whole again. Blessed are those who do not need to draw attention to themselves, for, with no need to compare or compete, they make this world a better place. Blessed are those who long to be more like Jesus, for he is the only one who can fill them up. Blessed are those whose hearts go out to those around them, for, because of that, God’s heart goes out to them. Blessed are those who remain untainted by the world around them, for, with less to distort their vision, they will have a clearer view of God. Blessed are those who bring harmony to all of creation, for they resemble their heavenly Father. Blessed are those the world puts down because they are so full of light, for their very lives constantly convict those walking in darkness.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Europe
Phil has been serving in Eurasia for over 10 years. His focus has been the Tatar people, a largely Muslim people group. Phil has worked with others in launching a local organization that provides language instruction with the goal of helping to equip believers to bring the light of the gospel to the least-reached in their own language. Pray today for God to send students who will stay at the task of language learning until they can minister in Tatar and see Tatars trust Christ, grow in Christ, and further the good news of Christ amongst their own people.
The focus of Global Media Outreach is an Internet ministry that seeks to stay on the cutting edge of emerging technologies with the intent to give everyone on earth multiple opportunities to know and follow Jesus Christ. Pray today for each person that will encounter this ministry via GMO's website that they will choose to follow Christ.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, by your grace and mercy, help me to look more and more like you each day. In your name, and by your power, we pray. Amen.