LIFe with God: September 25-26

Posted on September 25, 2010

Scripture

Romans 12

Read or listen to today’s passage at Bible Gateway:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2012&version=NIV

Observation

What do the first two verses teach us about the meaning of worship? How will being a person who displays God’s love (verse 9) and peace (verse 18) fulfill all the other commands in verses 9-21? Why is it important to belong to group of believers?

Application

How can I better offer myself as a “living sacrifice” this week? What action steps can I take in renewing my mind so as not to be conformed to the pattern of this world? With what specific relationships in my life do I need to be more loving and/or strive to make peace?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, in view of Your mercy, I offer myself to You as a living sacrifice. I want to live a life that is holy and pleasing to You–this is my spiritual act of worship. Help me to keep from being conformed to the pattern of this world; transform me by Your Spirit and renew my mind through Your Word. Then I will be able to test whether something is Your good, pleasing, and perfect will. Keep me from thinking of myself more highly than I should. Instead, help me to have a realistic and true view of myself, in accordance with the measure of faith You have given me. Help me to value other Christians just as I value the different parts of my body: each is an individual part with a different purpose, but I value and take care of all of them, and they all work together in unity. Thank You for giving us different gifts for carrying out Your ministry to the world. Help me to exercise my own gifts and to value the gifts of others, whatever they may be. May I love sincerely, hate evil, and cling to what is good. Help me to be devoted to my brothers and sisters in Christ in brotherly love, honoring them above myself. I ask that I would never lack in zeal, but maintain spiritual fervor, serving You. I ask that You would make me aware of opportunities to share with Your people in need and to practice hospitality. Strengthen me to bless those who persecute me instead of cursing them. Give me a heart of compassion that rejoices with those who rejoice and mourns with those who mourn. Please enable me to live in harmony with everyone for my part, not proud or conceited, but willing to associate with people of low position. When I am wronged, help me not to respond in kind, but to repay evil with good, leaving vengeance to You. Help me to be kind to those who oppose me, so that rather than being overcome by evil, I will overcome evil with good. In the precious Name of Jesus my Savior I pray, 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:
SATURDAY

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Janeth & Moy

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for Public Service Professionals (Firefighters, Law enforcement, and medical personnel)…

  • Strength to serve well
  • Safety/health
  • Salvation for lost & ministry opportunities for saved
  • Strong family/marriage relationships
  • Strong, god-honoring friendships

SUNDAY

  • Franceine Anderson
  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski

Missionary:

  • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for business professionals providing goods and services

  • God to be glorified by excellent work
  • Ministry to occur in the workplace
  • Godly employers and employees
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Sound financial strategies
  • Strong, God-honoring relationships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:4

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