LIFe with God: December 22

Posted on December 22, 2011

Scripture

Luke 1:1-38

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was Zechariah struck mute? How was Mary’s response to the angel similar to Zechariah’s? How was it different?

Application

How do I respond when I hear from God? Am I more like Zechariah or Mary?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Blessed God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, As I read the account of the angel’s visits to Zechariah and then to Mary, I am first struck by the awesome news of the coming events he declared. But then, I am convicted, for I see myself in the disbelieving spirit of Zechariah. Father, You can do anything. When I hear from You, give me a faith and a heart that respond like Mary: “I am the Lord’s slave. May it be done to me according to Your word.” I thank You 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 Star and Eagle

  • 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 a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 (HCSB)

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