Devotional by Jim Lenderman
Let me begin by saying thank you for giving your time and resources to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people who are still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey that hit just over a year ago. It’s hard to imagine devastation on a scale that happened in the Houston area. It’s also hard to imagine what it’s like for life to still not be put back together after that long.
As you are away serving others who continue to suffer so much, I will be praying Romans 15:13 specifically – by name – for each of you. Turn in your Bible to this powerful verse and meditate on it for the next 10 minutes. Read it ten times, each time slower than the previous one. Linger over key words, pondering what they mean. If you’re not used to meditating on scripture like this it may seem a little awkward, but press on anyway. Roll it over and over in your mind. Using your imagination, actually “hear” those words being prayed over you and for you. And in the stillness of your quiet time tonight listen to what God wants to say to you. Jot some notes here about what you hear.
First and foremost I want you to receive Romans 15:13 as a prayer for you. Then consider praying it for each of the other members of your mission trip. Maybe you could even pray it for the homeowner you worked for today as well as well as others you met.
Again, thank you for putting skin on God this week for people in the Houston area who really need it. May you be blessed through your service as much as you will be a huge blessing to those you will serve this week.