LIFe with God: December 17, 2013

Posted on December 17, 2013

Scripture

Lam 5

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Observation

How do the real-life trials and tragedies in this chapter compare with our modern world’s situation? What important statement does Jeremiah make in verse 19, and how might that have brought hope in the darkness of that time? What powerful prayer did he make (21)?

Application

Do I understand bad things have been happening to people throughout human history since the fall, and I am not unique in my trials? Do I exaggerate my own sufferings, or do I keep them in proper perspective? In my darkest times, do I affirm and declare that God remains on His throne forever? Do I ask Him for more of Him, or merely for deliverance from my discomfort?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Help me to keep an accurate perspective of things. My flu or flat tire or job reprimand sometimes seem like huge issues, but in the scope of human history, most of my “suffering” . . . isn’t really suffering at all. In those times when I do have to endure trials and suffering, remind me that You are Sovereign and in control and You remain on Your throne for all eternity, and one day my suffering will end. May I never seek merely deliverance from discomfort, but rather a closer and growing relationship with You through my trials and out the other side. 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 Boise & Garden City…

  • 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
  • Gowan Field Military Base

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance. – Psalm 13:5 (HCSB)

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