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Mission Devotional - September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dwell In The Land

Opening Prayer: O Lord, I am so prone to worry and fret and struggle, when you offer me a much better alternative - trust and enjoyment and delight. Help me to live the way you desire me to live today, rather than the way I usually do. In your name and by your power I pray. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 37:3-4

Journal: Where are worry, fret, and frustration getting the best of you? How will you begin to trust, enjoy, and delight instead?

Reflection: Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4)

The land that we are in, is the land that we are in; there is not much we can do to change it. What we can change is how we choose to dwell in that land. We can fret and worry and brood and be frustrated, or we can trust and enjoy and delight and commit. We can try, in futility, to change (or fight) our circumstances, or we can embrace them and change our mindset instead.

The words of this ancient prayer are our invitation to do just that. Eugene Peterson says that, "The Psalms train us in the conversation with God that is prayer." They help us to become all that God desires us to be. So if we take these words and bury them deep in our hearts and souls, and utter them often from our lips, they will begin to take shape and produce fruit within us. They will actually begin to do what they say.

In them we will begin to hear the whisper of the One who made us saying: "Stop fretting and simply enjoy the place where I have put you. You cannot escape it, you might as well embrace it. Delight in me, as I delight in you. Trust me with all that is on your plate and all that is in your heart. I will carry it so that you don't have to. Calm and quiet your soul, even in the midst of the chaos, and find your rest in me."

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Asia

Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW's church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Higashiyama Grace Community, the new church plant in Nagoya, and for Darlene.

Bridge Refugee Services facilitates the resettlement of refugees in East Tennessee. Bridge empowers refugees to become self-sufficient, and works closely with many volunteers, employers, and churches that sponsor refugee families. Pray today for all the refugee families that have recently settled in Knoxville and those that are waiting to come to the United States. Pray that God will remove the barriers that prevent them from entering our country.

Closing Prayer: Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4, ESV)