LIFe with God: March 7, 2013

Posted on March 7, 2013

Scripture

Matthew 6:1-18

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Observation

What does Jesus teach regarding giving, praying, and fasting?

Application

Do I perform good works and spiritual acts as a means of nurturing my relationship with God and obeying Him in love, or as a means of making myself look good to others?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Father God, I absolutely need to live a life that involves spiritual disciplines such as giving, praying, and fasting. But Father, give me a pure heart and pure motives, so that when I give, I’m giving to bless others as You have blessed me. When I pray, may it be to commune with You and not to impress others. When I fast, may it be to grow in You and not to appear spiritual to people. I ask this 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:

  • Darrell & Fralina Leatham
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Tris & Chris Miller
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael & Jenn Morgan

Ministry:

  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for single adults…

  • To embrace Christ as their best friend and lover of their souls
  • To more fully grasp the family heart of God
  • That God will bring them Godly friends to care for and support them
  • That God will give them a peace and drive away lonliness
  • That God will provide them with meaningful work & ministry in which to use their gifts

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. – 1 Corinthians 6:14 (HCSB)

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