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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018

Still and Silent

Opening Prayer: O Lord, let me never be presumptuous. Let me never begin my prayers with words rather than silence. Let me be still and silent before you, before I dare utter a word in your presence. Let me listen, in order that I might speak. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Journal: Where does listening and being still fit into your prayer life? Where should it fit into your prayer life?

Reflection: Presumptuous prayer speaks to God without first listening to him. It obsessively, anxiously, or pretentiously multiplies human words to God, but with, at best, a distracted, indifferent, or fitful interest in God’s words to us. But God speaks to us before we speak to him. If we pray without listening, we pray out of context. (Answering God by Eugene Peterson)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

E is part of a team that has translated the New Testament for a large South Asian language group. Beyond this goal of translating the New Testament is the larger goal of seeing the scriptures systematically read and studied by individuals and groups. Pray today for the printing and binding of the New Testament in the MT language and for E as she continues her translation work in another language.

The mission of Collegiate Abbey is to create environments of spiritual and personal growth, to shepherd with the heart of Jesus Christ, and to serve strategically to effectively meet the needs of the collegiate community. Britton Sharp is the Director of this ministry at the University of Tennessee that partners with the body of Christ to serve their neighbors and our Savior for the glory of God. Steve Moldrup has just joined the staff after years of ministry with college students at CPSC. Pray for Britton and Steve as they connect with students at UT this fall.

Closing Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; see and do according to Thy tender mercy. Smite, or heal; depress me, or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them; I am silent; I offer myself in sacrifice; I yield myself to Thee; I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thyself in me. - Francois Fenelon