LIFe with God: December 4, 2019

Posted on December 4, 2019

Scripture

1 Samuel 4

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

The men of Israel decided to take the Ark of the Covenant into battle, instead of waiting to hear direction from God whether to do so. What was the result for Israel and for Eli and his family?

Application

Do I have a tendency to use God like a talisman or good luck charm instead of walking in faith and obedience? When I step out on my own and face the consequences, do I blame my defeat on God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
My Father and my God, Help me to learn from the mistakes of Israel and of Eli and his sons, so that I will not make the same mistakes. May I never treat You like some kind of magic spell or good luck charm and expect everything to go my way–rather, may I always wait to hear from You and obey. 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:

  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Fred Leonard

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: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for the National Leadership Team volunteers who work with local churches to distribute the shoe boxes and to implement “The Greatest Journey.”

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