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Mission Devotional - September 8, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Glorify Your Name

Opening Prayer: Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)

Scripture: John 12:23-28

Journal: What do your prayers look like these days? How do these verses challenge that? What does “Father, glorify your name” look like in your life right now?

Reflection: Here is the true lesson of prayer: life is not about us. It is so tempting, as we pray, to ask God to save us from this hour, whatever this hour may be. To pray that God would deliver us from the hard things of this life. But Jesus does not do this. In fact, he does just the opposite. If the hard things are the things that are apt to glorify God the most, then by all means bring them on. God's glory is the point, not our comfort.

It would be wise of me to learn this lesson as well. I need not to pray that God would take away my suffering, or make my circumstances better, or easier. I need to pray that He would be glorified, whatever it takes, whatever the cost. Holy Week is evidence that it is the most difficult things of this life that tend to bring the most glory to God. Maybe that is because it is so easy to glorify ourselves when things are going well.

So next time my soul is troubled, what will I say? Will I say, "Lord save me from this hour," or will I say, "Glorify your name!"

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church, a historic Presbyterian church in the center of Athens, Giotis Kantartzis leads a church planting movement called “Polis” (or, “city” in Ancient Greek). Giotis’ church is largely responsible for a significant amount of outreach to the thousands of refugees who have landed in Greece. He spearheaded the Houses of Hope project in which several apartments were purchased and converted into refugee housing (with up to two families per apartment). Pray today for concerns about a new building for the Integration House in Exarcheia. There are stumbling blocks with the Greek government. Please pray for open doors.

The Restoration House (TRH) is working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for the funding to become available to finish the final 6 units of their 2018 expansion.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for reminding us that life is not about us, and our glory, but about you and yours. Help us to glorify your name in all we do, think, and say. Amen.