LIFe with God: August 9

Posted on August 9, 2010

Scripture

Acts 9

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Observation

What was Saul’s attitude toward Christianity before his encounter with Jesus? After the encounter, how did that change? What is the significance of Jesus’ declaration that Saul was persecuting Him? What was Ananias’ response to the instruction he received from the Lord? What was the response of other Christians and the Jews to Saul’s conversion?

Application

How has my life changed and how does it continue to change as a result of my encounters with Christ? Do I consider that when I am being unkind and inconsiderate to another Christian, I’m doing that to Jesus? There was probably no one the early church thought was less likely to come to Christ than Saul, yet he became their greatest evangelist, missionary and teacher. What “impossible convert” in my life can I be praying will come to Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord, As we look at the conversion of Saul, we are amazed by Your grace, mercy, and love. It is astonishing that someone who tried to blot the church off the face of the earth could not only become a believer, but also one of history’s greatest heroes of the faith. Thank You for saving him and growing him into a man of God. Thank You for the legacy of his letters in Your Word, and all the mighty works You accomplished through him. Lord Jesus, You told Saul that by persecuting Your people he was persecuting You. Help me to remember that Your people are Your body on this earth, and what I do to them, I am doing to You. Help me to believe that even the worst opponents of You and Your church can be transformed by Your unending love and amazing grace. Help me to pray for the people like that in my life to come to You. Please make Yourself known to them and soften their hearts toward You. Do a mighty work in that regard, that You may be glorified. In the precious name of Jesus I ask this, 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:

  • Amy & Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Travis & Hali Davidson
  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brian & Eileen Davis

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for single adults…

  • To embrace Christ as their best friend and lover of their souls
  • To more fully grasp the family heart of God
  • That God will bring them Godly friends to care for and support them
  • That God will give them a peace and drive away lonliness
  • That God will provide them with meaningful work & ministry in which to use their gifts

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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