July 10 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you offer us yourself as food for our souls. May we accept your invitation and feed on you each and every day, for nothing else will satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Amen.
Scripture: John 6:47-59
Journal: When you hear the words “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you,” what does it do in you? How has his body and blood been real food and real drink to you?
Reflection: “Feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving,” say the words of the ancient prayer, and what rich and wonderful words they are! They are words that invite us into a holy mystery. They are words that invite us to find our soul’s deepest nourishment and sustenance in the body and blood of Jesus. The sacraments act as entry points into the type of union and communion God most deeply desires with each of us. They are physical signs that point to spiritual realities. All of which give us an inside view of God’s heart and his deep desire for relationship with us. For, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” Thanks be to God!
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Mike and Stephanie are working with a project called LEARN (Leadership Education and Resource Network) based in Beirut, Lebanon. The project’s aim is to provide high quality, interactive Biblical training via Internet to Arabic-speakers wherever they are found. Pray today for the recent graduates of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary where Mike teaches as they make decisions about where they will continue their ministries.
Since 1996, the Mission of Hope has ministered to the people of various counties in Kentucky and Tennessee from which 80% of the residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry. In their first event in 1996 they were able to assist 150 children. This past Christmas, because of the generosity of so many people, the Mission of Hope was able to help more than 18,000 children and their families with food, clothes, toys and hygiene items. Pray today for the Come Serve With Us CSPC volunteers who will be working at Mission of Hope on July 14 packing hygiene bags. To find out more, go here.
Closing Prayer: Loving Father, I surrender to you today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say, “Yes” to you today. I open all the secret places of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, you are the Lord of my whole life. I believe in you and receive you as my Lord and Savior. I hold nothing back. Holy Spirit, bring me to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. I surrender all to you: my time, my treasures, my talents, my health, my family, my resources, my work, relationships, time management, successes and failures. I release it and let it go. I surrender my understanding of how things “ought” to be, my choices and my will. I surrender to you the promises I have kept and the promises I have failed to keep. I surrender my weaknesses and strengths to you. For the sake of Jesus. Amen.