Mission Devotional - November 27, 2015
Opening Prayer: I ask you, Lord Jesus, to develop in me, your lover an immeasurable urge towards you, an affection that is unbounded, longing that is unrestrained, fervor that throws discretion to the winds! The more worthwhile our love for you, all the more pressing does it become. Reason cannot hold it in check, fear does not make it tremble, wise judgment does not temper it. (The Fire of Love by Richard Rolle)
Scripture: John 6:41-67
Journal: Why do you think that many of his "disciples" thought that the hard teaching was too much and decided no longer to follow Jesus? What do you think was so hard about it? Is there a hard teaching that Jesus is trying to communicate to you these days? What is hard about following him right now? What is your response to his question?
Reflection: Meister Eckhart wrote: "There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends, and honors, but it touches them too closely to disown themselves." It is just this astonishing life which is willing to follow Him the other half, sincerely to disown itself, this life which intends complete obedience, without any reservations, that I would propose to you in all humility, in all boldness, in all seriousness. I mean this literally, utterly, completely, and I mean it for you and for me - commit your lives in unreserved obedience to Him. (A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
L. and E. serve in a Creative Access country. L. is working to make evangelical literature available to the nations so that people can come to Christ. Pray today for new believers. The biggest struggle is for them to read God's word daily and get connected to a local fellowship. Please continue to pray for their whole family in the loss of E.'s mother in late September.
The goals of Kentucky Mountain Mission (KMM) and Youth Haven Bible Camp are two-fold: to reach the children and adults of southeastern Kentucky with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to train/disciple those that receive Christ for Christian leadership in their churches and communities. Pray today for these ministries and their leaders William & Dawn Owen and Andy & Erin Owen.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to be more committed to your kingdom and your glory than I am to my own. Give me the strength and the courage to choose your hard and demanding way, rather than a life of ease and comfort. Help me to feed on you, rather than feeding on the things this world has to offer. Amen.