LIFe with God: January 19

Posted on January 19, 2012

Scripture

Luke 17

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Jesus teach about forgiveness? About faith? About His return?

Application

Do I forgive others, or do I hold onto grudges and bitterness? Do I exercise the faith I have, or do I live in fear and doubt? Am I ready for Christ’s return and on my guard, or do I worry more about worldly “security”?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear God my Father, Help me not to cause offenses. If a brother sins, show me how to rebuke him in a godly way, and if he repents, soften my heart to forgive him, just as You forgave me when I repented and came to Christ. Even if he sins against me seven times in a day, and comes back to me and repents seven times, strengthen me to forgive him. I ask of You the same thing the apostles asked: Lord, increase my faith! Help me to exercise the faith that I have now, and trust You to grow it, and keep me ever mindful that when I have done what You have called me to do, it is because of You, not because of me. Remind me to be thankful for all the blessings You bestow. And keep me from chasing after false teachers who proclaim that Your kingdom has already come, for You have said that we will know when it does. So help me to be on guard, alert and watchful. Keep me focused on Your kingdom and the things that are eternal, and not on earthly wealth and security. I ask this 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:

  • 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 Meridian

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
yet I will triumph in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! – Habakkuk 3:18 (HCSB)

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