Mission Devotional - September 13, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Opening Prayer: O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 131:1-3)
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Journal: How would you define humility? What is its fruit? How do you grow it? Where is it growing in you?
Reflection: Humility opens our inner ears. It enables us to acknowledge the spirit of who we are and who God is. Only the humble can understand the deep resonance of God’s voice in the whole of creation. Humility withstands any arrogant tendency to reduce the world to our purposes. (Pathways to Spiritual Living by Susan Annette Muto)
Humility is not weakness but strength, for it receives the strength of God. It is not folly but wisdom, for it is open to the ever-available wisdom of God. It is not nothingness but fullness, for into the vacuum created by the demolition of human pride and self-sufficiency, pours the fullness of God. (Discipline and Discovery by Albert E. Day)
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Europe
Pete and Ruth Mitchell are church planters in France with Mission to the World (MTW) and in collaboration with the Eglise Réformée Evangélique de France (French Reformed Evangelical Church). Pete’s role is that of team leader. The Mitchells are living in Toulouse planting a new church in Tournefeuille. Pray today for wisdom for the church counsel as they make plans for church activities and outreach for the fall.
World Mission Centre was established in 1989 in to awake a deeper understanding of world evangelization and to mobilize Christians at a local church level to heed the call of the Great Commission. The Live School seeks to train thousands of workers to join worldwide efforts to reach the unreached. Pray today for the World Mission Centre team and all who are receiving training through the Live School.
Closing Prayer: God, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans.
I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content.
Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always! (Psalm 131:1-3, The Message)