LIFe with God: November 30

Posted on November 30, 2011

Scripture

Ephesians 6

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does this passage teach us about our relationships with people, whether they are in authority over us or we over them? What is the aim of spiritual warfare (hint: it’s a five-letter word repeated in verses 11, 13, and 14)?

Application

Do I treat others with respect and a good attitude, regardless of whether I am in charge of them or they are in charge of me? Am I standing firmly for God in my daily life? If not, why not? What “piece of armor” do I need to employ that I haven’t been using?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, I pray that, whether I am the parent or the child, the slave or the master, the student or the teacher, the boss or the employee, that I would be respectful of the other people in my relationships, showing them honor and building them up in You. Help me to have a good attitude and to treat them with dignity and kindness, even if they aren’t treating me well. Help me to do this with a sincere heart, even when no one is watching, to please You and not men. I want to do Your will. Strengthen me by Your vast strength to stand firm for You. remind me to put on Your full armor, and remind me that I’m not fighting against people, but against the forces and philosophies that try to set themselves up against You. No matter how loud or how strong or how tempting these false messages and false gods might be, help me to stand firmly against them and not give in to them. Remind me to pray and to persevere in intercession for my brothers and sisters in Christ, that they, too, will continue to stand, and that they will speak boldly for You. I pray these things 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:

  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! – Romans 11:33 (HCSB)

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