God's Sovereignty: Week 2 - Devotion 2

“No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” - John 10:18

There are many needs within your circle of friends and family that may not ever come to the surface unless given the opportunity. Spend some time asking people the question, “I’d like to pray for the needs in your life. Is there anything you would be willing to share with me?” 

As you pray for them, invite God to move you to consider stepping up to assist with any hardship they may have through an offering of your time, resources, or abilities. For instance, if someone is failing a class, they need to pass you might tutor them (or find another person who is willing to tutor them). If there's something more relational needed, such as someone who says, "I feel alone right now," consider that God may be tapping you to meet the need. 

In all of these scenarios, remember that Jesus, while still the Son of God, willingly offered Himself to serve needs. You don’t need to do anything out of guilt, but out of your heart. That’s what makes it a true gift anyway. 

Emily Traylor