LIFe with God: January 19

Posted on January 19, 2011

Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-13

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Observation

What do I need to do in order to run with endurance the spiritual race set before me? How should I respond to God’s discipline?

Application

Have I laid aside anything that would hold me back from following Jesus? Do I keep my eyes on Jesus, or am I easily distracted? Do I endure discipline with a thankful heart as a loving gift from God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, help me lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares me, that I might run with endurance the race that lies before me, keeping my eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of Your throne. Remind me to consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that I won’t grow weary and lose heart. In struggling against sin, I have not yet resisted to the point of shedding my blood. may I never forget the exhortation that addresses me as Your child: “My child, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly, or faint when you are reproved by Him; for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives.” Strengthen me to endure it as discipline, remembering that You are dealing with me as Your child. May I ever submit to You, Father, and live, because You do it for my benefit, so that I can share Your holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore, empower me to strengthen my tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for my feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but healed instead. In Jesus’ name I pray,  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:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Meridian

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them. – Ephesians 2:10 (NET)

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