LIFe with God: December 30

Posted on December 30, 2011

Scripture

Luke 6:1-38

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Observation

What “new” teaching did Jesus give regarding observing the Sabbath? What did He do before choosing the 12 Apostles? What did He teach about the way His followers should act toward their enemies?

Application

Do I follow the letter of the law or the Spirit who gave it? Do I spend time earnestly seeking God’s guidance before making big decisions? Do I harbor grudges and seek vengeance, or do I love and pray for those who mistreat me?

Prayer

Dear Father, I confess that too often I follow the letter of the law in an effort to exhibit a form of godliness, while ignoring the spirit of the law and the Spirit who gave it–and I confess that as sin. I also am too often self-sufficient, thinking I can handle things by myself. Keep me from trusting in my own resources and remind me to come to You for wisdom, guidance, and provision. Give me a heart that is quick to forgive and the will to follow through and love and pray for those who mistreat me and are my enemies, for Christ loves me and gave Himself for me so that I could be forgiven. I ask this for Jesus’ sake and in His 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.

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Keith Rast
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

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:
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors! – Luke 2:14 (HCSB)

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