LIFe with God: February 25-26

Posted on February 25, 2012

Scripture

Genesis 21

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does verse 1 teach about the character and nature of God? How does God’s promise to Hagar and Ishmael reveal His heart toward Gentiles? What about Abraham’s life did even Abimelech, a pagan king, recognize (22)? How did Abraham acknowledge that God deserved all the credit (33)?

Application

Do I take confidence in God from verse 1? Do I believe God loves all people and wants to see them come to Him (2 Peter 3:9)? Do I give God all the credit and glory for all good things in my life? Do I regularly and actively worship and praise Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in heaven, Thank You that You are a God of perfect integrity, who always keeps Your promises! Thank You for loving even people like me, who deserve nothing but wrath and judgment. I give You all glory, honor, praise and worship, for I am nothing apart from the salvation by grace You gave me through Jesus! In His name I pray, 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)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz
  • Brook & Erica Butts (Brooklyn, Boston)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for Public Service Professionals (Firefighters, law enforcement, and medical personnel)…

  • Strength to serve well
  • Safety/health
  • Salvation for lost & ministry opportunities for saved
  • Strong family/marriage relationships
  • Strong, God-honoring friendships

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski
  • Debbie & Amy Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton

Missionary:

  • Lito Dictican

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for Outreach Ministries

  • God’s creative provision
  • For sound financial management and strategies
  • Salvation and spiritual growth for those to whom they minister
  • God’s anointing and leading for projects and programs
  • Volunteers and workers

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God? – Hebrews 9:14 (HCSB)

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