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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to see, and to be fully aware of the fact, that the spiritual life is indeed a battle. And not just any battle, but a battle against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, Mighty Jesus, help me to put on the full armor of God as I wage war with these enemy forces. And help me to pray, at all times and in all places, so that you might be the one fighting for me and with me - securing my certain victory in this battle for my heart and soul. Thank you that you have already won the battle for me and that I am already more than conqueror in you. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20

Journal: How is the battle going? Are you taking up the full armor of God? What are you missing? Where does prayer fit for you in the battle imagery?

Reflection: We see repeatedly in Scripture that prayer is a walkie-talkie for warfare, not a domestic intercom to increasing our conveniences. And one of the reasons prayer malfunctions in the hands of so many Christian soldiers is that they have gone AWOL. (Desiring God by John Piper)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mark and Annemarie Dye are passionate about building Christian leaders to mobilize and equip the African Church for mission in the world. Pray today for the Dyes while they are in the U.S. for a 5-month home ministry stay.

Wears Valley Ranch offers a Christian home, education, and counseling to children from families in crisis. Their vision is to see each child inspired to follow Christ, healed from the past, and equipped to reach their full potential. Pray today for all of the residents that they may know Christ’s love and salvation through this ministry. 

Closing Prayer: Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58