LIFe with God: December 15-16, 2012

Posted on December 15, 2012

Scripture

Psalm 144-145

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Observation

What are some of things for which David praises God in Psalm 144? What does he say is required for a nation to be happy? What attributes of God does David praise in Psalm 145?

Application

Do I praise God for taking care of me, for saving me, for caring about me? While I can’t control my nation, is He the Lord of my home? Do I praise Him both for His many blessings and for who He is?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, I praise You, my rock, my faithful love, my fortress, my stronghold, and my deliverer. You are my shield and I take refuge in You. I do not understand why You care for me and love me enough to send Your Son to die for me, but I’m so glad that You do! I will sing praises to You, for You have lavished me with many blessings. I am happy because You, Lord, are my God. I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day; I will honor Your name forever and ever. Yahweh, You are great and highly praised; Your greatness is unsearchable. I will speak of Your glorious splendor and Your wonderful works. I will give a testimony of Your great goodness and will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. For You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in faithful love. You are good to everyone; Your compassion rests on all You have made. All You have made will praise You, LORD; the godly will bless You. They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom and will declare Your might, informing all people of Your mighty acts and of the glorious splendor of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; Your rule is for all generations. You are faithful in all Your words and gracious in all Your actions. You help all who fall; You raise up all who are oppressed. All eyes look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. You are righteous in all Your ways and gracious in all Your acts. You are near all who call out to You with integrity. You fulfill the desires of those who fear You; You hear their cry for help and save them. You guard all those who love You, but You destroy all the wicked. My mouth will declare Your praise; let every living thing praise Your holy name forever and ever. 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)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Keith Rast
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Ross & Christy Stoltey (Spencer, Garrett, Conner, Katie, Grace)
  • James Williams
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for County leaders…

  • Commissioners, Assessor, Coroner, Treasurer, Clerks, Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Sheriffs
  • that they would make sound financial decisions
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton

Ministry:

  • Provenance

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for the collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate reaching a milestone this year–sharing the love of Jesus Christ with over 100 million children since the start of this project in 1993.

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for Mountain Home…

  • 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
  • For the air base: safety for military and their families (especially those who are deployed), sound military strategies by commanders, impact for Christ in areas where deployed

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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