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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: You, O God, are our refuge and our 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.

There is a river whose streams make glad your city, O God, the holy habitation of the Most High. You, O God, are in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; you will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; you utter your voice and the earth melts. You, O Lord of hosts, are with us; you, O God of Jacob, are our fortress.

Come, let us behold your works, O Lord, how you have brought desolations on the earth. You make wars cease to the end of the earth; you break the bow and shatter the spear; you burn the chariots with fire. "Be still, and know that I am God," you say to us. "For I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth!" O God, Lord of hosts, you are with us; you, O God of Jacob, are our fortress. (Psalm 46:1-11)

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Journal: What is the current state of stillness in your life? What role do you think God wants it to play? How will you be still today and know that he is God?

Reflection: Why do we spend our lives striving to be something we would never want to be, if we only knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things, which, if we only stopped to think about them, are the opposite of what we were made for? (No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Tim and Barbie K. are currently working to translate the Bible into the "Makori" language. Their goal is to see a "Makori" church effectively using its own translation. Barbie works at a fistula center in their area. Pray today for an urgent need for a surgeon who could serve at the center when the current surgeon leaves in December.

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 the staff of this ministry that they may have the stamina needed to carry out their mission this month.

Closing Prayer: (Repeat each phrase and pause for 60 seconds to reflect before moving on to the next)
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know that I.
Be still and know that.
Be still and know.
Be still and.
Be still.