LIFe with God: November 11

Posted on November 11, 2010

Scripture

Ephesians 2:11-22

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Observation

What did Jesus do for those who were far away? What was the result?

Application

Do I take advantage of the access I have to the Father? In what ways can I see God building me together with other believers into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, Help me to remember that at one time I was separated from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel, and a foreigner to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without You. But I thank You that now in Christ Jesus, though I was once far away, I have been brought near to You by His blood. For He is my peace, and He has destroyed the barrier–the dividing wall of hostility–between Israel and Gentiles, making the two groups one by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations. He accomplished His purpose, creating in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in His body He reconciled both of them to You through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. I thank You that He came and preached peace both to those who were far away as well as to those who were near, so that now we both have access to You by one Spirit. I praise You that consequently, I am no longer a foreigner or stranger, but a fellow citizen with Your people and a member of Your household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple to You. Thank You that I, too, am being built together in that temple to become a dwelling in which You live by Your Spirit.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for the elderly…

  • That they will be treated respectfully
  • That they will not dwell on mistakes and regret
  • That God will provide for their health and finances
  • That God will protect them from those who would try to harm them
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Any broken family relationships restored before they pass on

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14

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