Mission Devotional - October 24, 2015
Opening Prayer: O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in trust shall be our strength: by the power of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)
Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11
Journal: What words or images in this Psalm speak to something in your life or heart these days? Why? What do you think God is trying to say to you today?
Reflection: This kind of silence cannot be hurried or forced; it does not come through effort. Instead, it must be allowed to happen. This is like eating an artichoke. It must be done a leaf at a time, down to the heart. If one tries to take a single bite, all he gets is a mouth full of thistles. One has to set aside time for silence and then turn toward it with composure, letting go of immediate things a little at a time in order to enter a world where dreams and also energy for life are born. (The Other Side of Silence by Morton T. Kelsey)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. Pray today for Bobby and Teresa that they will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's guidance as they meet with pastors, church planters and their wives.
The Bible Society of Egypt is the largest Arabic Bible publishing operation in the world. They are publishing the Scriptures in a variety of formats and media (print, audio, visual), with each product designed for a particular social, economic, age, and cultural interest group. Pray today for the staff as they perform the day to day tasks required to publish the Bibles.
Closing Prayer: You alone, Almighty God, bring order to the unruly wills and affections of sinners; may we love what you command, and desire what you promise, we pray, so that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true love may be found. In the name of the one who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Daily Prayer by Robert Benson)