LIFe with God: August 17

Posted on August 17, 2010

Scripture

Acts 16

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why didn’t Paul and company preach in Asia, and where was God calling them to preach instead? Why do you suppose God would keep them from going to one place and call them to another one? Why were Paul and Silas cast in prison, how did they respond, and what was the result?

Application

Do I ever try to “force” ministry? Do I consider that perhaps I am trying to minister where God isn’t calling me, and neglecting to do so where He is calling me? When treated unfairly, how do I typically respond and what are the results? In what ways do I need to change that?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for godly mothers. I ask that You would empower every mother who loves You to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, as Timothy’s mother did. Keep those children true to you into their adult years, so that they may train their children to do the same. Father, help me to recognize when You close doors for ministry and when You open them. Make me sensitive and obedient to the Spirit’s leading. And help me to see that even unfair accusations and undeserved persecution are opportunities for ministry. Instead of complaining in those situations, help me to remember to praise You anyway as Paul and Silas did when they were thrown in jail unjustly. And just as You did for the jailer and His family, may You bring others to Your Son as a result of my faithfulness and trust in You. Use me, Lord, however You want, wherever You want, whenever You want. 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 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:
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. – John 5:24

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