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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2015

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, so much of life with you, and being transformed by you, depends on our willingness and urgency to be in constant prayer. A life of depth and quality with you, and with others, is just not possible apart from that. O God, give us the grace and the strength - and even the desire - to be in constant communion with you in prayer. Amen.

Scripture: Romans 12:9-13

Journal: Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer, which one of those is most descriptive of your life these days? Which one are you most drawn to? Most in need of? Most challenged by?

Reflection: Prayer is the cultivation of a grace-filled relationship with God. We begin experiencing ourselves and the world not as a problem to be solved, but as a reality in which God is acting. (Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Paul and Karan Davis have been working with TEAM in France since 1978 in church-planting ministries. They have planted churches in the southern suburbs of Paris, northwestern suburbs of Lyon, and more recently in the Alps region around Albertville. Pray today for French believers living in the area who are catching the vision of starting a network of churches in and around Pontcharra. A new church building was dedicated last month that is generating some interest in their community.

The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) was established in 1987 and offers specialized services to the homeless and those within our community who are in crisis. VMC’s programs support its two-fold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness. Pray today for the staff of this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; see and do according to Thy tender mercy. Smite, or heal; depress me, or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them; I am silent; I offer myself in sacrifice; I yield myself to Thee; I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thyself in me. - Francois Fenelon