LIFe with God: January 29, 2014

Posted on January 29, 2014

Scripture

Psalms 22-23

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What important New Testament event does Psalm 22 foreshadow? Why does the picture of God as a shepherd comfort David?

Application

Am I grateful to the One who was forsaken by God on my behalf, and who said He would never leave me or forsake me? Do I trust in God to provide everything for me and to protect me as a shepherd does with his sheep?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Thank You for the Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled in Christ. I thank You that You are enthroned on the praises of Your people. Our fathers trusted in You and You rescued them. You created me and have been my God from my mother’s womb. I owe You everything and will ever praise You. I will proclaim Your name to my brothers; I will praise You in the congregation. I will give praise in the great congregation because of You; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear You. All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD. All the families of the nations will bow down before You.

Because You are my Shepherd, I lack nothing. You let me lie down in green pastures; You lead me beside quiet waters. You renew my life; You lead me along the right paths for Your name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff–they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in Your house forever. I pray this 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:

  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

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:
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (HCSB)

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