LIFe with God: April 30, 2013

Posted on April 30, 2013

Scripture

Acts 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did the Twelve ask for deacons to be appointed? Why were members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen unable to defeat Stephen in a debate? What was their recourse?

Application

Do I ever allow myself to become over-committed? What can I learn from this passage about delegating so that the good doesn’t get in the way of the best? How can I become more like Stephen? What can I expect from self-righteous “religious” people as that happens?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, I ask that there will be no favoritism among us and that no one with a need among us will go overlooked. I pray that we would not sit back and expect a select few to do all the work of the ministry, but that each of us would step up and serve in ways that You lead us, whether that is teaching the Word, or serving meals, or whatever else You might choose. I ask that You would show each of us when we should serve in a specific area and when we should delegate it to someone else so that we can serve in the areas where You have called us. I ask that as a result of this unified, cooperative effort the word of God will spread and the number of disciples in our community will increase rapidly, and even a large number of priests and followers of other religions will became obedient to the Christian faith. I ask that we will study Your Word to show ourselves as approved workmen, and that Your Spirit would fill us, so that when detractors of the faith oppose us they can not stand up against our wisdom or the Spirit by whom we speak. 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:

  • Gary Friend
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • Robin & Florence Henderson

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Pray for young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)

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