LIFe with God: August 20

Posted on August 20, 2010

Scripture

Acts 19

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Throughout Acts, what seems to be the factor that causes Paul to come to a point where he stops teaching in a city’s synagogue? How did the Word of the Lord spread widely and grow in power (verse 20)? What caused the riot in Ephesus?

Application

In what ways has God shown me when to stop and when to go forward with sharing the Gospel? What can I learn from this passage about seeing sin as God does and responding to it properly?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, I thank You for John’s baptism of repentance, but even more I thank You for Jesus’ baptism of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every true believer in Christ. Thank You for Your grace in bestowing the gift of the Spirit on me. Help me to recognize when people have hardened their hearts to the point where it is useless to continue talking to them, and urge me to move on to those who are seeking You. I pray there will come a day in my city, as there did in this province in today’s chapter, where all who live in the area have heard the word of the Lord. Make me and other disciples faithful to carry out this mission. May You work mightily so that believers and unbelievers alike will see that You are an awesome God, that they will fear You and hold the name of Jesus in high honor. May we repent of our wicked ways and follow You completely, and in this way may Your word spread widely and grow in power. May we serve You and You alone, even if the masses riot against us, for You alone are worthy. 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:

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for Nampa

  • 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

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. – 1 John 5:2

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