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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2015

Opening Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-13

Journal: What part(s) of the Lord’s Prayer speak to your own practice of prayer these days? What parts of it are present and meaningful in your practice? What parts of it are absent? How is God calling you to pray these days?

Reflection: “Our Father which art in heaven!” To appreciate this word of adoration aright, I must remember that none of the saints had in Scripture ever ventured to address God as their Father. The invocation places us at once in the center of the wonderful revelation the Son came to make of His Father as our Father too. . . .The words are the key to the whole prayer, to all prayer. It takes time, it takes life to study them; it will take eternity to understand them fully. The knowledge of God’s Father-love is the first and simplest, but also the last and highest lesson in the school of prayer. It is in the personal relation to the living God, and the personal conscious fellowship of love with Himself, that prayer begins. It is in the knowledge of God’s Fatherliness, revealed by the Holy Spirit, that the power of prayer will be found to root and grow. (With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

A. and B. are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for this family as they have recently traveled to the U.S. to begin a home stay until next February. They are based in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Cross Greek Christian Ministry is unique to the University of Tennessee and focuses on the fraternity and sorority community. The ministry is student led, but guided by a staff. Pray today for the students that lead this ministry. 

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, reveal me to the Father. Let His name, His infinite Father-love, the love with which He loved Thee, according to Your prayer, be in me. Then shall I say aright, “My Father!” Then shall I apprehend Your teaching, and the first spontaneous breathing of my heart will be: “My Father, Your Name, Your Kingdom, Your Will.” Amen. (With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray)