Devotional November 8, 2015

Week of November 8, 2015

Continue to practice the rhythm of loving and serving the city.  So far we have focused on the nurturing, social and political communities as well as the natural world of our city.  This week we focus on loving and serving the world community.

 

Monday: Jeremiah writes to the exiles in Babylon telling them to make homes there and pray for the welfare of the city of their captors.

 

Read Jeremiah 29:1-14

Questions for Reflection and Application

How can you “bloom where you are planted” as opposed to always looking for a better situation?

Why is it so important to put roots down and pray for the welfare of the city in which you live?

Prayer Focus

Pray for the welfare of the city you consider to be home and if it is different, pray for the welfare of the city in which you live.

 

Tuesday:  Paul proclaims how Christ can unite a divided world and our role in that work.

 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Questions for Reflection and Application

Are you reconciled to God?  If not turn to Christ and seek peace with God.

How might your reconciliation with God empower you to be an ambassador of reconciliation in the world?  Where can you act (within your network of relationships) to be a bridge builder between people who are divided?

Prayer Focus

Pray for people you know who are divided from one another?

 

Wednesday: A vision of the world community at peace.

 

Read Isaiah 2:1-4

Questions for Reflection and Application

How might this vision shape your prayers and actions in the world community?

What motivates you to work for peace, justice and mercy?

Prayer Focus

Pray for any “swords and spears” (e.g. anger, cutting tongue, meanness) in your life to be transformed into tools for peace.

 

Thursday:  The coming of the Messiah brings the new creation for the world community.

 

Read Isaiah 11:1-9

Questions for Reflection and Application

Are there people in this world whom you would consider your enemy (e.g. like wolfs to lambs)?  What does it mean for the two of you that God does not change wolves into sheep, or vice versa, but transforms them so they can live in peace with one another?

Prayer Focus

Pray to live in peace with those whom you find to be the most difficult in your life.  Picture a vision of transformation that doesn’t turn them into you or you into them, but yet you live in peace with them.

 

Friday:  Jesus prays for the unity of the church that Christ might be revealed to the world.  Our unity is necessary for the peace and well being of the world that God so loves.

 

Read John 17:20-26

Questions for Reflection and Application

What can you do to advance the unity of the church?

Prayer Focus

Pray for the unity of the church that the world might be blessed.

 

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