Mission Devotional - October 26, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

We

Opening Prayer: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3, NIV)

Scripture: Psalm 133

Journal: Do you typically think in terms of “I” or in terms of “we?” What will it take to make the leap from I to we?

Reflection:

we

the leap
from i to we
is a large one
indeed

it takes courage
and conviction
to lay aside
our opinions
and preferences
for the sake of unity

living as we
invites us into
the very life of God
to live like the trinity
a life of fullness and blessing
that cannot be attained
by flying solo

we puts an end
to individualism
and isolation
in favor of
community
and commonality

so Jesus asks us today
will you lay aside i
so you can receive
the blessings of we
will you take the leap

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. They are also now serving as European Regional Leaders for United World Mission. Pray today for an upcoming move in December to Birmingham, England, and the provision of an affordable apartment there.

Heart for Lebanon is a faith-based holistic ministry that uses relief in many cases, but not exclusively, as the first step in the process of transforming an individual and their community. They seek to unconditionally serve those who have been marginalized and rejected in Lebanon, including refugees from Syria. Pray today for women who struggle to survive in difficult camp conditions, most have no husband living with them (the majority are at war or have died) and desperately need care. Pray that the hope in their hearts remains open and receptive despite so much suffering.

Closing Prayer: How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in peace! It is like the finest oils poured on the head, sweet-smelling oils flowing down to cover the beard, Flowing down the beard of Aaron, flowing down the collar of his robe. It is like the gentle rain of Mount Hermon that falls on the hills of Zion. Yes, from this place, the Eternal spoke the command, from there He gave His blessing - life forever. (Psalm 133, The Voice)