LIFe with God: April 19, 2013

Posted on April 19, 2013

Scripture

2 Corinthians 9

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Observation

What is the principle of sowing and reaping? With what kind of attitude are we to give? Where does what we sow and reap come from?

Application

Should I give with the expectation that giving $50 means I will “reap” $500? When I give, is it from a cheerful and willing heart? Do I give thanks to God for providing me with even what I am giving?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Give me a heart that is eager to help my brothers and sisters in Christ. May my enthusiasm stir others to action. Help me to remember that whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. May I always give cheerfully, and not reluctantly or grudgingly, for You love a cheerful giver. You are able to make all grace abound to me, so that in all things at all times, I will have everything I need and abound in every good work. You are the one who supplies everything–seed to the sower and bread for food–and You will also supply and increase my store of seed and enlarge the harvest of my righteousness. You make me rich in every way; may I always be thankful for the wealth of blessings You bestow and be generous on every occasion, resulting in thanksgiving to You. May I be able to participate not only in supplying the needs of Your people, but also in overflowing in many thanks to You. I ask that as a result of any service You may enable me to perform, men will praise You and the Gospel of Christ will be furthered. May others’ hearts go out to me because of the surpassing grace You have given me. Thank You for Your indescribable gift! 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.

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • Keith Rast

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 Meridian

  • 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:
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)

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