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Mission Devotional - September 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me faith this day. Faith in your hand and faith in your heart. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 8:5-13

Journal: Do you believe that God can? Do you believe that God will? Do you believe that God really does care? Write a little about that this morning.

Reflection: I don't typically have trouble believing that God can do something, I have trouble believing that he will. Why is that? I'm sure it has a lot to do with the picture of God I carry deep in my heart. One that I do not recognize until some struggle or circumstance brings me face-to-face with the ugly truth that I'm not sure God wants to do something. I'm not sure I truly believe that he cares enough about me to go to all that trouble. Which goes to show how I really feel about myself. I see myself as an inconvenience. Surely no one - particularly God - would care enough about me to go out of their way to help. I am not worth that. Thankfully Jesus sees it a little differently. He loves me more than I can ever imagine. He cares more about me that I could dream about in my wildest dreams. There is no length he would not go to in order to show me that love. He can and he will and he cares. Thanks be to God!

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

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 Steve & Eloise for renewed energy and focus as Steve continues daily, weekly and monthly coaching and supervising calls with CRM's staff and team leaders around the world.

Reformed Bible Seminary Myanmar was begun by Dr. Tial Thanga and the Myanmar Reformed Theological Presbyterian Church. Carroll and Shirley Coakley serve as Associate Staff with Worldwide Development Association's International Team and work closely with Dr. Thanga. Pray today for Dr. Thanga's work in Myanmar.

Closing Prayer: Give me faith, Lord Jesus. Faith to believe not only that you can, but you will act on my behalf. Faith to believe that you really care for me. And faith to believe that I am worth caring for. Amen.