LIFe with God: April 3, 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013

Scripture

Matthew 22:1-22

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the lesson of the parable of the wedding feast? What did Jesus teach regarding paying taxes to human government?

Application

Do I make excuses to God, or do I come to Him willingly and gratefully, dressed in the robes of the righteousness of Christ? Do I “give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for inviting me to feast at Your table, and for clothing me in the righteousness of Christ! Help me to be a good steward of the money You give me, and to pay taxes as required and to contribute to Your work as Your Spirit leads me. 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:

  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover
  • Fred & Gwen Iovine
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for area pastors and their families:

  • Encouragement
  • Faithfulness in the Lord’s work
  • Finances
  • Marriage/family relationships
  • Work/life balance
  • Deep friendships and support from other Christian leaders

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58 (HCSB)

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