LIFe with God: May 13

Posted on May 13, 2011

Scripture

Mark 7:31-8:13 (NET)

(31) Then Jesus went out again from the region of Tyre and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. (32) They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. (33) After Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. (34) Then he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Be opened”). (35) And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly.

(36) Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. (37) People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

(8:1) In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So Jesus called his disciples and said to them, (2) “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. (3) If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.”

(4) His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?”

(5) He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.”

(6) Then he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So they served the crowd. (7) They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. (8) Everyone ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. (9) There were about four thousand who ate. Then he dismissed them.

(10) Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. (11) Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for a sign from heaven to test him. (12) Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to this generation.” (13) Then he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.

Observation

What was the crowd’s response to seeing the power of Jesus at work (7:37)? Considering all the miracles the Pharisees had already seen Jesus do, why would they ask Him for a sign?

Application

What is my response to the power of Christ? Do I believe in Him, or do I simply want to see more miracles?

Prayer

Dear Jesus, I am completely astounded that you love me and that by Your power You have saved me and keep me. I declare that You have done and always will do all things well. Thank You for the mighty works You have done throughout history and in my life. Keep me from merely wanting to see miraculous displays of power for their own sake, but rather help to to trust and obey You, whether you perform signs and wonders or not. In Your 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.

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Keith Rast
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for our national leaders

  • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
  • For Jesus to once again be Lord and King over our nation
  • For the president and cabinet to seek after God
  • For judges to rule justly and righteously
  • For senators & representatives to pass godly legislation and block sinful bills
  • That our government would protect its citizens and punish evildoers

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:18

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