LIFe with God: May 22, 2013

Posted on May 22, 2013

Scripture

Acts 25

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why haven’t Paul’s opponents faded away in the two years he’s been awaiting his judgment? Do you think Paul appealed to Caesar for spiritual reasons, legal reasons, or both? Explain your answer.

Application

What can I learn about how to conduct myself even during long periods of difficulty? About turning difficulty into opportunity? If someone wanted to prove you were a Christian, what evidence would they use to support that claim?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, your servant Paul was held for years on trumped up charges and forced to make a defense, time and time again, where none should have been required. Yet he used these “obstacles” as opportunities to witness for You to the highest rulers in the land. He exercised his rights as a Roman citizen in order to preach the Gospel to the rulers in Judea, and then to officials in Rome. Lord, I often get so caught up in my “rights” that I forget I am a foreigner in this land; my citizenship is in Heaven, and I am Your ambassador to this country. May I always use my rights as simply a tool to further Your work and to impact my area for Your kingdom. Instead of railing and rebelling against those who would persecute me, help me to view it as another opportunity for ministry. 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:

  • Robin & Florence Henderson
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Darrell & Fralina Leatham

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 Star and Eagle

  • 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:
I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ. – Philemon 6 (HCSB)

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