LIFe with God: June 8-9, 2013

Posted on June 8, 2013

Scripture

1 Samuel 12

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Observation

How did Israel respond to Samuel’s challenge to bring charges against him for any wrongs he’d committed? Why was he still bothered by the fact that they wanted a king? What was the promise and warning he relayed (14-15, 20-22, 25)? What personal promise did he make (23)?

Application

Do I live in such a way that no one can bring a charge of theft, mistreatment, or wrongdoing against me? Do I commit evil in the Lord’s sight by setting up anything other than Him (including myself) as the ruler of my life? Do I fear God, worship, obey, and follow Him faithfully with all my heart? Do I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ and help teach the good and right way to those younger in the faith?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, May I be like Samuel such that no one can bring a charge of wrongdoing against me. May I not commit evil in Your sight by setting up anything or anyone but You as my king. May I always fear You, worship and obey You, and not rebel against Your command, following You, LORD my God. I thank You for Your grace, for even though I have committed all this evil, You saved me by the blood of Christ. So keep me from ever turning away from following You. Instead, teach me to worship You with all my heart. Help me to see that anything else is worthless and can’t profit or deliver me. But you will never abandon me, because of Your great name and because You have determined to make me Your child. May I not sin against You by ceasing to pray for Your people. Help me to teach those weaker in the faith the good and right way. Above all, may I fear You, LORD, and worship You faithfully with all my heart, considering the great things You have done for 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)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Ross & Christy Stoltey (Spencer, Garrett, Conner, Katie, Grace)
  • Brandi Taylor
  • Sree Yalamanchili
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Mike Daniels

Ministry:

  • Provenance

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. – 3 John 11 (HCSB)

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