LIFe with God: May 3

Posted on May 3, 2011

Scripture

Mark 1:21-45 (NET)

(1)  Then they went to Capernaum. When the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. (22) The people there were amazed by his teaching, because he taught them like one who had authority, not like the experts in the law. (23) Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, (24) “Leave us alone, Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!” (25) But Jesus rebuked him: “Silence! Come out of him!” (26) After throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. (27) They were all amazed so that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.”

(28) So the news about him spread quickly throughout all the region around Galilee. (29) Now as soon as they left the synagogue, they entered Simon and Andrew’s house, with James and John. (30) Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, sick with a fever, so they spoke to Jesus at once about her. (31) He came and raised her up by gently taking her hand. Then the fever left her and she began to serve them. (32) When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. (33) The whole town gathered by the door. (34) So he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

(35) Then Jesus got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. (36) Simon and his companions searched for him. (37) When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” (38) He replied, “Let us go elsewhere, into the surrounding villages, so that I can preach there too. For that is what I came out here to do.” (39) So he went into all of Galilee preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

(40) Now a leper came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said. (41) Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” (42) The leprosy left him at once, and he was clean. (43) Immediately Jesus sent the man away with a very strong warning. (44) He told him, “See that you do not say anything to anyone, but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” (45) But as the man went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still they kept coming to him from everywhere.

Observation

Why were the synagogue attendees amazed by Jesus’ teaching? What was Jesus’ response to the leper’s request?

Application

Do I trust in the authority of the amazing Word of God and submit myself to it? Do I make sure to preface my prayer requests with “if You are willing”?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I, too, am amazed by the wonderful power and teaching of Jesus and of His Spirit through the authors of Scripture. I humbly confess before You that too often I do not recognize the authority of Your Word. I now ask for strength by Your grace to be submissive and obedient to it. I also ask that You would remind me to always ask for Your will to be done in all things, on earth as it is in heaven. I pray all of this in the mighty and precious name of Jesus, my coming King! 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, Sophia)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn

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 the salvation of the lost

  • Readiness to repent
  • Hearts prepared to hear God’s voice
  • A Deep dissatisfaction and unrest with life without Him
  • Godly influences

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. -Ephesians 6:13

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