Mission Devotional - September 6, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Opening Prayer: Eternal One, let me understand my end and how brief my earthly existence is; help me realize my life is fleeting. You have determined the length of my days, and my life is nothing compared to You. Even the longest life is only a breath. In truth, each of us journeys through life like a shadow. We busy ourselves accomplishing nothing, piling up assets we can never keep; We can’t even know who will end up with those things. In light of all this, Lord, what am I really waiting for? You are my hope. (Psalm 39:4-7, The Voice)
Scripture: Psalm 39:4-7
Journal: What does this scripture do within you? Where does it lead you? Toward sorrow and despair, or toward hope and resolution? Why? Where is your hope these days?
Reflection: Dear Jim, Since life is so incredibly short, here is what I want you to do today: Laugh more. Love more. Worry less. Take yourself less seriously. Lighten up. Enjoy. Savor. Bring joy and delight to others. Love, Jesus
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Europe
Phil has been serving in Eurasia for over 10 years. His focus has been the Tatar people, a largely Muslim people group. Phil has worked with others in launching a local organization that provides language instruction with the goal of helping to equip believers to bring the light of the gospel to the least-reached in their own language. Pray today for God to send students who will stay at the task of language learning until they can minister in Tatar and see Tatars trust Christ, grow in Christ, and further the good news of Christ amongst their own people.
Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization led by Wayne Smith at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville. They seek to serve people, primarily in East Tennessee, who are living with HIV/AIDS through direct support and by way of their significant network of service providers. Pray today for the staff of this ministry and the people they are serving.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!
Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. (Psalm 39:4-7, ESV)