LIFe with God: September 10, 2019

Posted on September 10, 2019

Scripture

John 11

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Observation

What does the story of Lazarus teach about the difference between our timing and God’s timing? About our expectations and God’s ability to provide? About both Jesus’ humanity and His deity? Why were the Pharisees plotting to take Jesus’ life? How did God use them for His purposes?

Application

How should I respond to people who have lost a loved one? How can I encourage and comfort them? Do I trust Jesus as Thomas and Martha did? How does knowing that God uses even the plans of evil men for His good purpose encourage me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, it is a sad and difficult thing when loved ones are sick and dying. I thank You that in Your humanity, You experienced this as we do. I pray for those in my life who are ill, dying, or who have lost a loved one, and I ask that You would comfort them with Your love and grace. I pray for those who are still living with their ailments, and ask that You would provide healing for them–physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And whether You choose to deliver them or not, I pray that the Father will be glorified through them. I thank You that, as with Lazarus, You sometimes work even more mightily through the death of Your saints. I ask that You would empower me to trust You fully, regardless of whether my loved ones are healed or not. I thank You that You give us opportunities to see You work and believe in You more deeply.

Lord, just as Thomas was ready to follow You to death in this passage, give me the faith always to be willing to die for You or to live for You, just as You see fit. Likewise, as Martha believed after her brother’s death, “even now God will give You whatever You ask”, give me the faith to trust You and believe that You can do anything–even in the darkest of circumstances. I believe that You are the Resurrection and the Life. And I thank You that, because I believe in You I will live, even if my body dies; and my spirit will never die. I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world. I praise You that You raised Lazarus from the dead. But I praise You more that You raised Yourself from the dead. And although Lazarus died again years later, I thank You and praise You that all who believe in You will be physically raised and glorified to a new life in new bodies without spot or blemish for all eternity!

Father, thank You for being in control. Even though the high priest thought he was carrying out his own schemes, he was actually prophesying by Your Spirit what had to happen to fulfill Your plan. Help me to remember that even though wicked men do things and mean it for evil, You can use it for Your good. In Jesus’ 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)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)

Ministry:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Greece

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

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

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray that the boxes will open doors for children to hear the Good News in parts of the world that are typically closed to proclaiming the Gospel.

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