Mission Devotional - September 23, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 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, ESV)
Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3
Journal: Where and how are pride and arrogance draining the life out of you? How are they really expressions of insecurity? What does it look like to take this Psalm to heart? How will you move from pride to humility? How will you “calm and quiet your soul” today?
Reflection: Arrogance and insecurity are two sides of the same coin. In fact, arrogance is just insecurity in a clever disguise. They both have the same effect - they stir us up. They keep us hopping. They keep us spinning around in our own little world. And thus, they strangle and dry up the life of the Spirit within us.
Humility, on the other hand, is a completely different story. It helps us know that this life is not about us in the first place. Therefore, there is no proving or worrying in humility. Which makes it possible to live at peace; to have our souls be stilled and quieted. Humility allows us to be like a weaned child in the loving arms of our mother, at peace and at rest. Humility puts our hope in the Lord, rather than in ourselves.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: U.S. Based
Steve Hoke works with national church denominations and mission organizations in 25 countries and North America in the area of leader development and strategic life coaching. Pray today for Church Resource Ministries as they recruit young men and women to catalyze Disciplemaking Movements (DMM) in the difficult places of the world (the Middle East, North and West Africa, and Southeast Asia). Pray today for Steve and his son Chris who are taking a trip to Japan to visit the places where Steve grew up while his parents, former CSPC pastor Don Hoke and Martha, were missionaries there for 23 years.
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary's mission is serve the church in their region. They offer specialized learning resources and equips faithful men and women for effective service. Pray today for the faculty and students.
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)