LIFe with God: September 21

Posted on September 21, 2010

Scripture

Romans 9:1-29

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Observation

To what length did Paul say he was willing to go to see his people (the Jews) come to Christ? Why would God allow the objects of His wrath to exist instead of annihilating them (verses 22-24)?

Application

How does my desire to see the lost come to Christ compare to Paul’s? How thankful am I to God that He chose to call those like me, who were not His people, “My people”?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Like Paul, I pray that Your chosen people, the nation of Israel, would turn their hearts toward You and accept Jesus Christ of Nazareth as their Messiah. I thank You for showing us Your glory and grace through Israel down through the ages: You adopted them as sons, You revealed Your glory as recorded in Scripture through them, You made Your covenants with them, You gave them the Law and temple worship, and You gave them many great and precious promises. The Patriarchs came from Israel, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Thank You for the great spiritual heritage that Christians–Jew and Gentile alike–have through Israel. And even though the majority of the Jewish people have rejected Christ, it is not as though Your Word has failed, for not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. It is not simply being born of Jewish parents that marks a true Israelite, but rather believing in the promise. I thank You that you are sovereign, Lord God, and have not wiped off the face of the earth all people who have rejected You–those who are the objects of Your wrath–but You have borne them with great patience to make the riches of Your glory known to the objects of Your mercy; all those who accept Jesus as Christ and God. Thank You for calling “My people” those like me who were not Your people. 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 Caldwell

  • 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:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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