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Mission Devotional - September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Opening Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine

Scripture: Jeremiah 6:16

Journal: Where is the gap between intention and reality in your life these days? How are you walking? How is God asking you to walk?

Reflection: Walking is essential in the life of faith, there are no two ways about it. It is impossible to follow Jesus without walking. Thus, it is not intention that counts, but action. Intention is meaningless without movement. The best made plans are worthless without us eventually putting one foot in front of the other and beginning to move in the direction of our hopes and dreams. The desire for a deeper, more intimate life with God will never be realized unless we take that step to make time and space to pray. Wanting to pray isn't the end, praying is. The path is only traveled by walking it. So let's get a move on. Even as we continue to stand and look and ask (as Jeremiah has told us), let us figure out what walking in the good way looks like today. And then let us walk. Obedience is the process by which intention becomes reality.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Chris and Donna Roberts are living in Müllheim, Germany working with Young Life’s German-speaking ministries. Chris is an Area Developer for Young Life’s new service learning initiative in which he helps to develop and implement a curriculum for service learning that uses Young Life methodology to reach German-speaking teenagers. Pray today for the Roberts family as Donna is in the U.S. for medical reasons and Chris and their children are at home in Germany for the beginning of the school year.

World Horizons is a network of people, joined together by relationship and a common goal of reaching the unreached. Pray today for the work of all the people partnering with World Horizons around the world.

Closing Prayer: I ask you, Lord Jesus, to develop in me, your lover, an immeasurable urge towards you, an affection that is unbounded, longing that is unrestrained, fervor that throws discretion to the winds! The more worthwhile our love for you, all the more pressing does it become. Reason cannot hold it in check, fear does not make it tremble, wise judgment does not temper it. (The Fire of Love by Richard Rolle)