Mission Devotional - October 20, 2015
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, so many things and events and circumstances in this life tempt me to lose my focus and take my eyes off of you. And when I do that, I sink. Lord Jesus, help me not to get distracted by the wind and the waves, but help me to keep my eyes firmly focused on you. Amen.
Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
Journal: Where do you find yourself in this story? What storms in your life right now are causing you to take your eyes off of Jesus and instead focus on the wind and the waves?
Reflection: The soul must just leave itself in the hands of God, and do what he wills it to do, completely disregarding its own advantage and resigning itself as much as it possibly can to the will of God. - Teresa of Avila
It seems that when we are somehow able to keep our eyes focused on Jesus in this crazy life of faith, we are able to keep things in perspective for the most part. Yet, when we begin to look around us and focus on the wind and the waves instead, things can get pretty dicey really quick. We, like Simon Peter, begin to sink into the sea of our fear and our doubt and our anxiety and our despair. It seems that as long as we spend our lives focused on our circumstances, we are in for a pretty wild ride. But if somehow we can - by God’s grace and guidance - train ourselves to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, in all things and at all times, we can be certain that though the winds may blow and the waves may crash over us, Jesus always has us in his strong and loving hands. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Darlene Johnson has been a member of MTW’s church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan, since 2000. She teaches conversational English and evangelistic Bible studies and is involved in choral and instrumental music ministry. Pray today for Yuri, Etsuko, and Yoko, three women that Darlene meets with for Bible study, that they will become followers of Jesus.
Thabiti Anyabwile is the planter/pastor of Anacostia Bible Church, a new church plant in the heart of Washington, D.C. It’s in the Anacostia neighborhood, a place with high crime, bad schools and no gospel centered churches. It is an exciting mission field of great promise and greater reward for those who love Jesus. Pray today for Thabiti and his family as they serve in this community.
Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, though the winds may blow and the waves may crash over us, hold us safe in your strong and loving hands, this day and every day. Amen.