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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2015

Opening Prayer:
Lord, you know me better than I know myself
Your Spirit pervades every moment of my life.
Thank you for the grace and love you shower on me.
Thank you for your constant, gentle invitation to let you into my life.
Forgive me for the times I have refused that invitation,
and closed myself off from you.

Help me in the day to come, to recognize your presence in my life,
to open myself to you, to let you work in me,
to your greater glory. Amen. - Ignatius of Loyola

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Journal: How can you relate to Martha these days? What has you distracted? What has you worried and upset inside? How do you choose the one thing (the good portion) in the midst of that?

Reflection: Wherever there is something in our life that is not conformed to the image of Christ, there is a place where we are incapable of being all God wants us to be with others … a place where our life with others is hindered and limited and restricted in its effectiveness and in its fullness … a place where our life will tend to become disruptive and even destructive to others. We can never be all God wants us to be with others as long as that point of unlikeness to the image of Christ exists within us. - M. Robert Mulholland, Jr.

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Michael and Diana Johnson serve with People International. As International Director, Michael provides broad vision and leadership for the mission. Pray today for a continuing relief effort by People International to those who are seeking safety from Islamic militants in the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq. 

Arab World Media clearly presents Jesus Christ to the Arab world audiences. This is done by recording scriptures, Bible stories, sermons, and Arabic Christian music for broadcast by partner agencies for outreach and for the encouragement of Arab world believers. Pray today for the work of the Holy Spirit as hearts are prepared to encounter the gospel.

Closing Prayer: Lord I so want to make all of me ready and attentive and available to you. Please help me to clarify and purify my intentions. I have so many contradictory desires. I get preoccupied with things that don’t really matter or last. 

I know that if I give you my heart whatever I do will follow my new heart. In all that I am today, all that I try to do, all my encounters, reflections, even the frustrations and failings and especially in this time of prayer, in all of this, may I place my life in your hands. Lord I am yours, make of me what you will. - Ignatius of Loyola