LIFe with God: December 24, 2012

Posted on December 24, 2012

Scripture

Luke 2:1-7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem?

Application

Do I understand and trust God that He can and does use even unpleasant situations and unbelievers in power to accomplish His purpose?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, I’m sure the trip to Bethlehem was not an easy one for Joseph and Mary. I’m sure they much rather would have stayed put. The decree that everyone was required to be registered was made by an ungodly ruler, and it was incredibly inconvenient. And yet, You used all of that to lead Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, where Jesus would be born at just the right time, exactly as You had revealed through Your prophets hundreds of years earlier. Help me to trust You to work your purposes, even in the difficult and trying times, and even through the schemes of evil men. Thank You for the indescribable gift of that divine baby, Jesus, a Savior, who is Christ/Messiah the Lord, born for us! In His 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:

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brandon & Lindsey Dockins
  • Patti Doty

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to direct each shoe box gift into the hands of just the right child so that each one will experience His unconditional love and provision.

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Rural towns in Treasure Valley – Emmett, Greenleaf, Homedale, Marsing, Middleton, New Plymouth, Parma, Payette, Wilder, Weiser, etc…

  • 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:
Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. – Luke 2:11 (HCSB)

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