LIFe with God: January 6

Posted on January 6, 2011

Scripture

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Read or listen to today’s passage at Bible Gateway:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%204:14-5:10&version=HCSB

Observation

What is the significance of Jesus the Messiah also being our high priest? How can we now approach God’s throne?

Application

Am I grateful to Christ for being not only my Savior, but also my high priest, who intercedes for me with the Father? Do I take advantage of my privilege to go boldly before the Father’s throne?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for being my great high priest who has passed through the heavens. Let me hold fast to the confession of faith in You. For You are not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with my weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as I am,  yet without sin. Therefore I can now approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help me at the proper time. For every human high priest taken from men was appointed in service to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins, and to deal gently with those who were ignorant and going astray, since he himself was also subject to weakness. Because of this, he had to make a sin offering for himself as well as for the people. This person was called by God, just as Aaron was.  In the same way, Jesus,  You did not exalt Yourself to become a high priest, but the Father who said to You, “You are My Son; today I have become Your Father,” also said in another passage, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” During Your earthly life, You offered prayers and appeals, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save You from death, and You were heard because of Your reverence. Though a Son, You learned obedience through what You suffered. And because You obeyed perfectly, You became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey You, and You were declared by God a high priest “in the order of Melchizedek.” Thank You, Lord Jesus! 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:

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

  • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
  • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
  • A harvest of souls of all ages
  • Good, nurturing relationships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. – Psalm 119:11 (HCSB)

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