LIFe with God: October 10, 2018

Posted on October 10, 2018

Scripture

Job 7

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Observation

Job has hit rock bottom and mourns his condition, questions the worthwhileness of godly living, and begins to long for the release of death.

Application

From the Life Application Study Bible: Although Job had lived a blameless life, he was beginning to doubt the value of living in such a way. By doing this, he was coming dangerously close to suggesting that God didn’t care about him and was not being fair. Satan always exploits these thoughts to get us to forsake God. Our suffering, like Job’s, may not be the result of our sin, but we must be careful not to sin as a result of our suffering. Job referred to God as a watcher or observer of humanity. He was expressing his feeling that God seemed like an enemy to him—someone who mercilessly watched him squirm in his misery. We know that God does watch over everything that happens to us. We must never forget that he sees us with compassion, not merely with critical scrutiny. His eyes are eyes of love.

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Help me to remember that any good I may do is only because of You, and so I must never use that as a reason to assume that You somehow “owe” me for anything. I deserve death and damnation, and You give me grace upon grace because of Jesus. Regardless of how dire my circumstances may become, help me to trust in Your goodness and love. 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:

  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Andy Lanning

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 the elderly…

  • That they will be treated respectfully
  • That they will not dwell on mistakes and regret
  • That God will provide for their health and finances
  • That God will protect them from those who would try to harm them
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Any broken family relationships restored before they pass on

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #40: What should we pray?

Children’s Answer: The whole Word of God directs us in what we should pray.

Adult’s Answer: The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 3:14–21 (HCSB)

For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us– to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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