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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, instead of the many things that we tend to be filled with, let us be filled with prayer, that we might know your peace which surpasses all understanding. Amen.

Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9

Journal: When you are filled with anxiety and worry what do you do? What would it look like to be filled with prayer instead of filled with anxiety? How is your sense of joy and peace nourished by prayer? What else is nourished within you by prayer? How will you keep your soul nourished in the days ahead?

Reflection: It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. (My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

T works with the SEED Company (an affiliate organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators) in their mission to promote and accelerate Bible translation that is being done by indigenous churches and organizations in their home countries. As a Field Coordinator, T seeks to form and foster relationships with these partners by acting as a liaison between them and SEED Company. The vision of SEED Company is to see God’s Word available in languages where it currently is not. Pray today for T, L and their family and for the new Janrath Cluster 2 project. It will use Bible Storying and Ethnomusicology, in addition to some initial Scripture translation, to reach as many as 20 million people represented by 12 languages.

At The Restoration House (TRH), they are working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for all of the families that TRH is reaching.

Closing Prayer: Fix our hearts and minds, Lord God, on whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, whatever is excellent and worthy of praise; that you might be with us, O God of Peace. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.