LIFe with God: August 10

Posted on August 10, 2010

Scripture

Acts 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does the story of Cornelius teach us about those who earnestly seek God and try to please Him? What is the main point of Peter’s sermon? Why is this story so important to the scope of the entire New Testament?

Application

Would other people describe me as a “devout and God-fearing” Christian? Do I let any personal prejudices get in the way of sharing the gospel and praying for the lost to come to Christ? Have I told God lately that I am grateful for The Gospel being offered to Gentiles, and does my life display that gratitude?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that if we seek You we will find You, if we seek with all of our hearts. Like Philip to the Ethiopian Eunuch in chapter 8, thank You for bringing Peter to Cornelius to share Your Gospel, showing that those who seek You will find You, and that whoever will may come to You by accepting Jesus. Lord, like Peter, sometimes my own prejudices and assumptions get in the way of what You want. Help me to pray for the lost of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, and give me a heart of compassion like Yours that longs to see them come to You. Thank You for offering salvation to all and for saving me and giving me Your Holy Spirit. 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:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • For the salvation of lost friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

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 oursleves, 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 your neighbors…

  • That God would provide opportunities for you to minister to them
  • That unbelievers would receive Christ as Savior and Lord
  • For their marriages / family relationships
  • For their finances / employment
  • Any specific needs of which you’re aware

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

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