LIFe with God: May 7, 2013

Posted on May 7, 2013

Scripture

Acts 12

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Observation

Though Peter was heavily secured and guarded in prison, the church was praying for him, and God miraculously delivered him. What was Peter’s response to his deliverance? What was the response of those praying for him?

Application

Why do you think everyone was so surprised that God delivered Peter, even though they had been in earnest prayer about it? How do you think you would have responded if you were at that prayer meeting as Rhoda came in with the news? When has God surprised you with a miraculous intervention in a hopeless situation? Is there an area of your life where you are imprisoned in some way and in need of God’s intervention? If so, pray about that now, and if possible, share your need with at least a few other Christians. (Feel free to contact your pastor and elders with your need. They will be more than willing to pray for you and with you.)

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, though evil men try to thwart your plan and destroy your servants, You are always in control. As Jesus told the disciples, “With man this impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Peter was arrested, bound with chains between two soldiers, with sentries posted all around. It looked like the end of his ministry and quite possibly his life. But without a sound, your angel appeared and brought him through every obstacle, without the guards or jailers being even in the least disturbed. I thank You Lord, that You hear the prayers of Your people and You answer them. The believers were surprised that You did so, as we so often are today. But while we should be amazed by Your grace and power, we should never be surprised that You are able to accomplish anything that needs doing. Help me to trust in You more with each passing day. 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:

  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola

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 single adults…

  • To embrace Christ as their best friend and lover of their souls
  • To more fully grasp the family heart of God
  • That God will bring them Godly friends to care for and support them
  • That God will give them a peace and drive away lonliness
  • That God will provide them with meaningful work & ministry in which to use their gifts

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (HCSB)

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