LIFe with God: August 31

Posted on August 31, 2010

Scripture

Acts 28

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Observation

What did the islanders think when they saw the snake bite Paul, and what changed their minds? Why did Paul call a meeting with the local Jewish leaders when he arrived in Rome? What does verse 31 reveal about God’s plan to have Paul in Rome at this time?

Application

What is a specific instance where I jumped to conclusions about the heart of someone based on their bad circumstances? What, if anything, caused me to change my mind? What can I learn about diplomacy within ministry from Paul’s example in Rome?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Like the blind man that Jesus and His disciples came upon in the Gospels (when Jesus said neither his own sin nor his parents’ sin were the reason he was blind), Paul had not done anything that caused this snake to bite him. I confess that I am sometimes like the islanders here in Acts 28, making assumptions about people based on appearances when only You know their hearts. Keep me from rushing to judgment. Thank You for Your healing power. I ask that You would touch (names of people I know who are ill, injured, or disabled). Help me to be hospitable and encouraging to other believers, especially visitors to church and those who minister for You. I ask that You would give me wisdom to head off any difficulties I can when dealing with potential difficulties. May I welcome all who come to see me and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly, boldly, and without hindrance. 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 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 teens and young adults (middle school through college age) in our community

  • For Godly influences and teachers
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives
  • That they would turn to God to fill every need, not to addictive substances and behaviors
  • Respect for parents and other authority

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

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