LIFe with God: September 5, 2013

Posted on September 5, 2013

Scripture

Revelation 1:9-20

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why does John point out that he shares “the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus”? What is the significance of Jesus being among the lampstands and holding the stars?

Application

Do I willingly and gladly share in Christ’s persecution as well as His kingdom? Do I possess endurance? Do I trust Christ to be in control of and take care of the church and its leadership?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, I thank You that You allow me to share in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, and I thank You for revealing Your plan through Your Son to the apostle John. I thank You that Jesus is the eternal one and only unique Son who has authority and power over His church and its leaders. I declare that He alone is the Savior, the resurrected God-man. He is my worthy judge and high priest. He is absolutely pure and holy, and His eyes see all things with perfect insight and judgment. His strength, power and judgment are perfect, and His voice carries all authority throughout the universe. He can but speak a word and worlds are created or destroyed at his discretion. His radiance is greater than the sun. And though the natural human response on seeing Him would be to fall down at his feet as though dead, thank You that He places his right hand on me and says: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive — forever and ever — and I hold the keys of death and of Hades!” Thank You that, in Jesus, I am forgiven, justified, sanctified, and redeemed to eternal life with You! In His name I pray, 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:

  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Tris & Chris Miller
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael & Jenn Morgan

Ministry:

  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for Teachers & Administrators & School Boards

  • Godly curriculum
  • God’s wisdom in teaching and leading
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Ability to inspire a love of truth and learning

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness. – Romans 4:4-5 (HCSB)

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