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Mission Devotional - September 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: When you choose to pull back the curtain, Lord Jesus, and show me a little bit of who you are and what you are up to, please let me be paying attention, so I don't miss any of what you are trying to reveal to me. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 11:25-27

Journal: How has God revealed himself to you lately? How is he reveling himself to you today?

Reflection: There are times in this life where God, for some reason, chooses to draw back the curtain a little bit and give us a glimpse of something transcendent, something much bigger and more beautiful than the ordinary day to day routine in which we live. It is an unveiling. God shows us a little glimpse of himself, his heart, and what he is up to in our lives and world. In fact, that is exactly what the Greek word that is used here in Matthew means. The word for reveal in the Greek is apokalyptō, which means to unveil or uncover.

There is no rhyme or reason, it seems, as to the where or when of this unveiling - and it probably occurs much more often than we are aware of - which means we must constantly stay on our toes. We must pay careful attention, lest we miss it. For maybe it is God's gracious will only to reveal himself to those who are paying attention.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Joe and Cindy Platillero proclaim the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through Biblical teaching and practical training to all who come through their doors. Their main ministry is through the Torchbearer Center where they have camps, conferences, and a small Bible School during the winter. Pray for them today as they focus on the local church and the church throughout Europe.

Young Life Europe is an organization that pursues and befriends teenagers to introduce them to Jesus. Jim & Barbara McNamee are taking on new roles with Young Life Europe as Regional Developers. They have been asked to develop a new area for YL - the Basque Country. They will also be working as Life and Ministry Coaches for YL staff across the region. Pray today for Jim and Barbara and their extended family.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, what are you trying to reveal to me today? What things will remain hidden simply because I am not paying attention? Help me, this day, to be awake and attentive to all of the ways you are trying to reveal yourself to me. Amen.