November 19 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.

Opening Prayer: I am sure that there is in me nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as You are. Yet You have declared Your unchanging love for me in Christ Jesus. If nothing in me can win your love, nothing in the universe can prevent You from loving me. Your love is uncaused and undeserved. You are Yourself the reason for the love wherewith I am loved. (Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer)

Scripture Reading for the Day: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Reading for Reflection: I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. It can be received gladly or grudgingly, in big gulps or in tiny tastes, like a deer at the salt. I gobbled it, licked it, held it down between my little hooves. (Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. Because of increased violence in Donetsk when Eric returned there in June he has had to return back to the U.S. Pray today for the Eric and Beth as they consider what God has for them next. Pray also that God will bring peace to Ukraine and for the protection of the Christ-followers in eastern Ukraine.

The focus of Navigators International at UT Knoxville is the over 1,000 international students at the University of Tennessee who come from 100+ nations. Spouses and family networks back home multiply the potential for the gospel to spread. Navigator’s mission is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Pray today for the students that they reach as they finish up the Fall semester.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, my God, thank you that, regardless of the situation or the circumstance, your grace is always sufficient for me. Through Christ Jesus. Amen