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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Lord our God, for planting eternity in our hearts. Thank you for birthing the Divine Life in our souls. May it well up within us and pour forth from us to all who cross our paths today and every day. Amen.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:11

Journal: How has he made everything beautiful in its time for you? How have you witnessed that? How does that give you hope for your current season of life? How in touch are you with the eternity he has planted in your heart? What can help nurture that awareness? How will you cultivate the divine life within you this day, this week, this month, and this year?

Reflection: For the miracle of God comes not only from above; it also comes through us; it is also dwelling in us. It has been given to every person, and it lies in every soul as something divine, and it waits. Calling, it waits for the hour when the soul shall open itself, having found its God and its home. When this is so, the soul will not keep its wealth to itself, but will let it flow out into the world. Wherever love proceeds from us and becomes truth, the time is fulfilled. Then the divine life floods through our human relationships and all our works. Then everything that is lonely and scattered and seeking for the way of God shall be bound together by divine power. (When the Time Was Fulfilled by Eberhard Arnold)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

A and B are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for this family as they grow relationships and share the gospel with friends, teachers and students.

PALM (Preparing Arab-World Leaders for Ministry) is Arab World Media's discipleship and theological training ministry. It provides high quality leadership and discipleship training materials in Arabic, Kabyle and French. It is an excellent way to meet the need for training in leadership and ministry among Muslim background believers throughout North Africa, Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Pray today for the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, that it will bring before God the people of that city, who are either fleeing for their lives, or feel trapped and helpless. Ask for the Father's will to be done, and for His angels to hover over the region, protecting the innocent.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, regardless what the current season of my life may look like, help me hold onto the hope that you can and will make everything beautiful in its time. Help me to trust you, O Lord, in the meantime. Amen.