Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Isaiah 48:15

I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.

Scripture Insights

God speaks, calls, and brings. Everything begins with God! In this text, it becomes clear that God is calling us. We are made to participate in God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven. God calls us to take part in his mission. How could we ever hope to be part of such a massive undertaking?

Mother Teresa says, “Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of con- taining God’s gift of himself.” Too often, we mistake prayer as a way to change God’s mind. We start having cramps of the imagination from going so long without flexing the muscle of dreaming with God about how we can participate in God’s mission.

What if, instead, prayer gave us the capacity to embrace all that God is calling us to do? What if we talked to God, believing that prayer is the furnace that fuels our participation in God’s mission? What if we prayed believing God would do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine?

Perhaps then, our hearts would be capable of succeeding in the mission God has called us to.

Today’s Prayer

God, you have spoken to us. You have called us to you. Empower us to carry out your mission in the world. May people everywhere seek and find you. Pour out your Spirit on us.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on the mission of the church in Canada and the United States.

—Rick Harvey
Lead Pastor, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene

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