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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord, when I am tempted to look at circumstances, and allow them to determine how I live my days, turn my heart and my mind toward you and allow me to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air and to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if you feed the birds of the air and clothe the lilies of the field, you will most certainly care for me, your beloved. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 12:22-34

Journal: What things make you most anxious about your life these days? What happens when you consider the ravens or the lilies? What does it look like to seek him in the midst of your worry?

Reflection: You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe, and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these. That you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of you? Away with such unworthy doubtings! Take your stand on the power and trustworthiness of your God, and see how quickly all difficulties will vanish before a steadfast determination to believe. Trust in the dark, trust in the light, trust at night and trust in the morning, and you will find that the faith which may begin by mighty effort, will end sooner or later by becoming the easy and natural habit of the soul. (The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mark and Mary are living in a Creative Access country. Mark is working for a U.S. corporation there as a "Tent Maker." Mark's work gives him unparalleled access to the local population. Pray today for wisdom for Mark and Mary as they lead a growing team. Pray for unity of spirit and vision, and that the Lord would use them for his kingdom, and that the gospel would take root across the land where they live.

Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC) is an organization that seeks to find and deploy the natural male disciple-makers in our city, asking them to pour into other men via a two-year disciple-making process. Pray today for the men currently in the two-year discipleship groups.

Closing Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, help us to not be consumed with the worries and anxieties of this life, but to give all of our cares to you in prayer. Fix our hearts and our minds on your character and your excellence; that your peace may guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. It is in his name that we lift up our prayers. Amen.