LIFe with God: May 27, 2013

Posted on May 27, 2013

Scripture

1 Samuel 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why was Hannah so sad? What happened at the time of the annual sacrifice that added to her grief? What relieved her despondence (18)? What ultimately brought her joy? What did she do (24-28)?

Application

Where do I derive my self-worth? How do I respond when God denies my requests or waits a long time to grant them? How can Hannah’s story comfort and encourage me? Is there something in my life I need to give up to god and trust Him? Is there something in my life I need to dedicate to Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, Thank You for being a God who is near to the brokenhearted and Who draws near to and exalts the humble. Thank You that, though it took a long time, You answered Hannah’s request. Help me to trust You and accept Your answers to my requests, whether they be yes, no, or wait. Help me to be a person who speaks the encouragement of Your Word into the lives of people who are grieving and losing hope, and please bring people into my life to do that for me when I become despondent. May I look to You in prayer and trust in times when I feel anguish and resentment, and when You answer my prayers, may I always give You all the glory and worship You. I dedicate all that I am and all that I have to You for Your purposes and for Your glory. 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:

  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis & Hali Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Brandon & Lindsey Dockins
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for business professionals providing goods and services

  • God to be glorified by excellent work
  • Ministry to occur in the workplace
  • Godly employers and employees
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Sound financial strategies
  • Strong, God-honoring relationships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head. – Psalm 3:3 (HCSB)

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