Mission Devotional - November 13, 2015
Opening Prayer: Lord, you are able. Help me to truly believe it. Amen.
Scripture: Matthew 9:27-31
Journal: "Do you believe I am able to do this?" What is this for you right now?
Reflection: What a great question: "Do you believe I am able to do this?" It is a question that Jesus asked often in one form or another. It seems that faith and willingness were at least a help, if not a prerequisite, for healing to occur. I mean, how many times did Jesus utter the words: "Your faith has healed you," or ask the question, "Where is your faith?" How many times in the Gospels did he stop and marvel and focus attention upon someone who had just done or said something that exhibited great faith? He even healed one man - the paralytic - because of the faith shown by his friends (Mark 2:5). Jesus obviously loved it when he looked into a heart and saw a hint (or an abundance) of belief. So faith really seems to matter to Jesus, or to at least be a significant factor in the equation.
So, given that, I guess it is good for us to look deep into our hearts and answer the question as well. I guess it is good for us to stop, look into the loving eyes of our Savior, and hear him to ask us, "Do you really believe I am able to do this?" - whatever our this may be? Where in your life right now is that the burning question? Where in your life right now are you wishing and hoping and praying that Jesus might actually be able to do this? What is your answer to him today?
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Vitaly and Oksana Voinov live in Moscow, Russia. Vitaly is working with the Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) in Russia/CIS as IBT's director. IBT has been serving the non-Slavic peoples of the former Soviet Union for four decades by translating the Holy Scriptures - Bibles, New Testaments, individual Bible books, and illustrated Children's Bibles. Pray today for IBT's publishing department as they work to juggle several Bible printing projects and for the Voinov family who has been battling the flu in the last few weeks.
FISH is a food distribution ministry which is sponsored by many churches and food banks in the Knoxville city area. CSPC stocks the food pantry once a year, takes calls for food and also distributes the food once per month. CSPC members Keith and Shelley Percic are the CSPC contacts for this ministry. Pray today about how you and your family can help with FISH.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to believe that you are able to do this, whatever this may be in my life at the moment. Have mercy on me. Amen.