Mission Devotional - October 25, 2015
Opening Prayer: O God, who is willing and able to assist me, what grounds have I not to place my whole confidence in you, to throw myself into the arms of your providence, and wait the effects of your bounty? You have care of all. I will therefore give myself up entirely to you, live always in your presence, and ever guide myself by your fear and love. This is the grace I now ask of you, the God of my heart, and my portion forever. Grant me to weigh well and to follow your admonition: "Be not solicitous, for your heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things." Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
Journal: What things in life tend to cause you the most anxiety? How do you typically deal with that anxiety? What would it look like to give it all to God?
Reflection: To preserve peace in the time of trouble our will must remain firm in God and be ever directed towards him, that is, we should be disposed to receive all things from the hand of God, from His justice, and from His bounty, with humble submission to His blessed will. Good and evil, health and sickness, prosperity and adversity, consolations and dryness, temptation and tranquility, interior sweetness, trials, and chastisements, all should be received by the soul with humility, patience, and resignation, as coming to us by the appointment of God. This is the only means of finding peace in the midst of great troubles and adversities. (Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
John and Kathy Lesondak are church planters who work across denominational lines in Slovakia to encourage and enable pastors in their work. John founded the Kosice Fine Arts Center in 2013. Kosice was a "Culture Capital City of Europe" for 2013 along with Marseilles, France. Pray today for John and Kathy as they are in the midst of the flood of refugees arriving from Syria and are working with others to show the love of God to them in the turmoil and uncertainty. They have been sharing reports with us. You can find out more here.
Bridges International serves the needs of international students adjusting to living and studying at the University of Tennessee. Pray today for the international students on campus that they may understand the love of Jesus as they prepare for the fall semester. Pray also for new international students who are on the UT campus for the first time that they can be reached by this ministry.
Closing Prayer: Here, Lord, I abandon myself to you. I have tried in every way I could think of to manage myself, and to make myself what I know I ought to be, but have always failed. Now I give it up to you. Do take entire possession of me. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will. Mold and fashion me into such a vessel as seems good to you. I leave myself in your hands. Amen. (The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)