LIFe with God

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly – Colossians 3:16 (NET)

In order for the Word to dwell richly in us, we need to do more than just listen to a sermon on Sunday morning or on the radio once in a while. Daily time alone in the Word is essential to grow in Christ and be an effective disciple for Him. And for believers to live in unity and to minister together effectively, they need to be in prayer for each other throughout the week.

To that end, we offer “LIFe with God” (LIFe = Living In Fellowship), a daily devotional composed and published by our Pastor, Scott F. Guinn. Each installment includes a Scripture reading (taking us through the entire Bible in three years) along with observation and application questions, and a guided prayer time that helps us to pray for every person in our church and every missionary/ministry we support each week.

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LIFe with God: September 21, 2019

September 21, 2019

Scripture

Joshua 1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What command does God give to Joshua several times in this chapter, and what promise that will help him fulfill it?

Application

Am I strong and courageous in the Lord? Do I trust God to be with me wherever I go?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, Help me never to be afraid or discouraged, but rather, with my trust in You, may I be strong and courageous and live my life boldly for You. Help me always to remember that You are with me wherever I go, and that You will never leave me or forsake me. Empower me to follow Your Word and keep me from straying from it. May it never depart from my mouth, but may I meditate on it and recite it day and night so that I will always know what Your will is. I pray 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.

  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

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 Nampa

  • 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

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to direct each shoe box gift into the hands of just the right child so that each one will experience His unconditional love and provision.

LIFe with God: September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019

Scripture

John 21

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did Jesus tell the disciples to cast their net on the other side of the boat? What does their response teach us? What is notable about Peter’s “reinstatement” in relation to his denial of Jesus a few chapters ago? How did Jesus respond when Peter brought up John’s future?

Application

In what ways is Jesus telling me to do things differently than the way I have been doing them? How should I respond when I see Him at work in life? What does His interaction with Peter in this passage teach me about my past shortcomings? What should my attitude be regarding His plan for other believers I know?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, You know all things. You are the creator and sustainer of all things. When I am frustrated and failing as the disciples were on this fishing trip, help me to listen for Your voice and to heed Your instruction. And when Your hand is at work, help me to recognize that it is You doing it, and may I always respond in praise. Just as You invited the disciples to fellowship with You, may I daily come to the table You prepare for me and share in the bounty of fellowship with my Lord. I thank You that You forgave Peter for denying You, and I thank You that You forgive me for the times I’ve denied You. Help me not to dwell on my failures and so wallow in self-pity and defeat, but rather may I focus on Your forgiveness and move forward, serving You gratefully. Help me not to worry about what You may or may not have in store for others, but to focus on what You want for and from me. In Your 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.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for Star and Eagle

  • 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

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for the collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.

LIFe with God: September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019

Scripture

John 20

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the significance of Jesus’ statement “Go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father–to My God and your God”? Why weren’t the disciples expecting Jesus to have risen from the dead? what is significant about the way Thomas responds to Jesus upon seeing Him? What is Jesus’ repeated encouragement to His followers?

Application

How does my life show others the power of Christ and His resurrection a) through the death of a loved one and b) through anxious and tumultuous times? When Jesus reveals Himself to me in various ways, how do I respond? Am I surprised, or do I expect Him to do mighty things? Does the resurrection of Christ and the coming resurrection of all believers resonate vibrantly through my lifestyle and worship?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, What a glorious event is recorded for us in today’s passage! Though circumstances were at their darkest and most fearful, Jesus Christ, Your One and Only unique Son burst forth in glorious life and light from the grave! Death and the tomb could not hold Him! Jesus, let me not be like Mary, who seeing the empty grave assumed Your body had simply been stolen or moved by evil men, but may I ever be like John who saw and believed. As I read this passage, I declare it: I BELIEVE! You HAD to rise from the dead, just as Scripture predicted. I thank You that by Your death and resurrection, I am Your brother, Your Father is my Father, and Your God is my God. May I rest in Your peace and never live in fear of what the world can do to me. Breathe Your Spirit on me, I pray, and strengthen me to follow His leading every day. Remove any doubts that may linger or insert themselves in my mind. I renounce them and declare that You are my Lord and my God! I believe these things that were written so that I may believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing I have life in Your 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:

  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner
  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

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

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

LIFe with God: September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

Scripture

John 19

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What was the reason the Jewish leaders gave for their insistence that Jesus be crucified? What is revealed about Pilate regarding his reaction to this charge? What does the chief priests’ declaration (“we have no king but Caesar”) tell us about their spiritual condition? Besides being wealthy Jewish leaders, what do Joseph and Nicodemus have in common?

Application

Do I tend to make decisions like Pilate–based on fear of the crowd and those in power–or do I choose to do the right thing, no matter the consequences? Am I a follower of Christ in secret, like Joseph and Nicodemus, or is it well-known that I claim Jesus as my Lord? How can I focus more fully today on the death of Jesus and what it means for me, and for mankind?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, let me never take for granted what You did that Friday afternoon at Golgotha. Though others may mock and scorn You and try to put Your Word and Your will to death as the soldiers and Jewish leaders put Your physical body to death, may I always be grateful for Your inestimable sacrifice and boldly claim You as my Savior and Lord. Out of my gratitude for Your shed blood that redeems me, I choose to be a disciple who obeys Your will, even if the crowd and those with earthly power over me may attack me for it. I choose to be Your disciple publicly, and not in secret like Joseph, or sneaking in the night like Nicodemus. But I thank You that both of those men openly prepared Your body and placed it in the tomb. Help me to remember that You gave them grace, and help me to extend that grace to others who may not serve You as openly as I believe they should. I thank You that even though it appeared that You were defeated by your torture and murder, You were in control all along, fulfilling all the prophecies about You. You alone are Savior, Lord, King, the Son of God, and the Redeemer of the World! May You be worshiped and given glory through Your church, now and forever, to the glory of the Father. 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: Pray for Kuna…

  • 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

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.”

LIFe with God: September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019

Scripture

John 18

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

When Jesus said “I am He”, the soldiers and officials drew back and fell to the ground. What does this display of verbal power show about His proceeding trial and crucifixion? What does Jesus’ response to Pilate teach us about his kingdom and about what is important in it?

Application

Do I respond to those who hate Christianity as Peter did, or as Jesus did? Peter stood up for Jesus one moment, only to deny Him repeatedly a short time later. How is this like or unlike my testimony for Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, I see Your almighty power in just a few calmly spoken words in this passage, which caused some of the world’s most highly trained soldiers and religious leaders to stagger back and fall to the ground. I thank You that, though at any time You could have used Your power to free Yourself from these men, You allowed them to crucify You out of Your love for me. Thank You, Jesus, that even at the moment when evil men came to take You to Your death, You were looking out for the safety of Your followers. May I remember that the next time I am afraid or anxious. Thank You for drinking the cup the Father had given You, in spite of the turmoil and agony You knew it involved. Strengthen me to follow You through difficult times. I confess that I am too much like Peter; standing up for You one moment, only to deny You the next. Cleanse me and make me a bold and consistent disciple. I thank You that You are the King of a kingdom not of this world. As I see the sin and continuing downward spiral of the world around me, help me to remember that I am a citizen of Your kingdom. Help me to lead others to You, the ultimate truth. 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 Boise & Garden City…

  • 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
  • Gowan Field Military Base

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.

LIFe with God: September 16, 2019

September 16, 2019

Scripture

John 17

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What is the focus of Jesus’ prayer for Himself? For the disciples in His earthly ministry? For all believers through the ages?

Application

Jesus prayed that His disciples would not be taken out of the world, but protected from the evil one; how does (should) that impact the way I pray for myself? What can I do to allow the Father to sanctify me by His Word of Truth?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, thank You for glorifying Your Son, for He glorified You. Thank You for giving me eternal life because I know Jesus Christ, whom You sent, and therefore, I know You. I thank You for all Your disciples down through the ages that You gave to Christ. I thank You for the testimony of the saints who have gone before, who did not deny You, even unto death. I thank You that Your gospel came down to me because of Your work in and through them. And now, Lord, I pray for myself and all believers of my time. I ask that You would protect us by Your Name and keep us true to You. I ask that we would glorify You so that You may be glorified in us. I ask that You would continually sanctify us by Your Word of Truth. May we be one, Father, just as You and Christ Jesus are One. May we also be one in You, so the world will believe that You sent Jesus. May we be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Christ and have loved us even as You have loved Him. Father, I thank You that one day those You have given Christ will be with Him where He is, and will see His glory, the glory You have given Him because You loved Him before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, we know You, and we know that You have sent Jesus Christ. Thank You that He has made You known to us, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Him may be in us and that Christ Himself may be in us. 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 Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gary Friend

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for Mountain Home…

  • 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
  • For the air base: safety for military and their families (especially those who are deployed), sound military strategies by commanders, impact for Christ in areas where deployed

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.

LIFe with God: September 15, 2019

September 15, 2019

Scripture

John 16

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does the disciples’ grief prevent them from understanding? Why was it good that Jesus was going away? What is the work of the Holy Spirit?

Application

In what ways do I see the Holy Spirit working in my life and guiding me into all truth? How can I encourage and comfort those stricken by grief? How does knowing that one day I will see Jesus and not have to ask for anything affect the way I live my daily life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, may I never go astray from You and Your Word, no matter what the world throws at me. I thank You that You went to the Father, and it was a good thing, because it allowed the Holy Spirit to come and be present in the life of every true believer.

Thank You, Holy Spirit, for convicting the world regarding sin, because they do not believe in Jesus; regarding righteousness, because He has gone to the Father; and regarding judgment, because Satan stands condemned. Thank You for guiding me into all truth–open my eyes to see it and strengthen my will to follow it. Thank You for bringing glory to Christ by making what is His known to me.

Father, I thank You that even though I may weep and mourn while the world around me rejoices in its evil, there will come a Day when that grief will turn to joy–when Jesus returns and makes all things new–and I will greatly rejoice and no one can take away my joy. I thank You that if I ask anything in Jesus’ name according to Your will, I will receive it from You and my joy will be complete. Thank You, Father, for loving me while I was still a sinner, and for loving me now because I love Jesus and believe He came from You.

Lord Jesus, thank You for telling me these things so that I may have peace in You. Though I will have trouble in this world, remind me to take heart, for You have overcome the world! 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.

  • Dustin and Amy Barton
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Michelle Caldwell
  • Kathi Carr
  • Loran “Bud” Clark

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

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 County leaders…

  • Commissioners, Assessor, Coroner, Treasurer, Clerks, Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Sheriffs
  • that they would make sound financial decisions
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray that God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

LIFe with God: September 14, 2019

September 14, 2019

Scripture

John 15

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why is it so important to remain in Jesus? How do the terms “remain”, “love’, and “bear fruit” relate to each other? How can we expect those who follow the philosophies and perspective of the world to respond to Christians who are truly remaining in Christ?

Application

In what ways do I need to focus on remaining in Christ more fully? To which specific members of His body do I need to be more actively showing love? How should I respond when I am treated badly for my faith in Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, You are the Vine that gives life and vitality to the branches. As one of those branches, I can’t live without You; help me to remain in You. Let Your love flow through me and bear much fruit. Help me to remain in You and Your words to remain in me so that I can pray according to Your will and be given what I ask, to the Father’s glory. Help me to remain in Your love by following Your commands to love You and to love Your people as You loved me; even to the extent of laying down my life for them. I thank You that You call me friend and have made known to me what the Father made known to You. If the world hates me, help me to keep in mind that it hated You, and help me to respond in love, just as You did. Help me, by Your Spirit, to testify about You. 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.

  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

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 our state leaders…

  • Governor & his advisers
  • Judges
  • state senators and representatives
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to direct each shoe box gift into the hands of just the right child so that each one will experience His unconditional love and provision.

LIFe with God: September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

Scripture

John 14

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

How does Jesus comfort His disciples? Why is the fact that Jesus and the Father are one so important to Christian doctrine, faith, and practice? What does the end of this chapter teach us about the Holy Spirit?

Application

How can reminding myself that Jesus has a place prepared for me in eternity help me to persevere through life’s difficulties and turmoil? If I truly believe that if I ask anything in Christ’s name according to God’s will He will do it, how will that impact my prayer life? The Holy Spirit is with me at all times–am I allowing Him to counsel, lead, guide, teach, and comfort me? In what specific ways to I need to submit to Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, do not let my heart be troubled. I trust in You, and I trust in Jesus. I thank You that Jesus has prepared a place for me in Your house for eternity, and that He will come back and take me there one day so that I can be with You! I thank You, Jesus, that You have provided everything I need to be with You–that You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one can come to the Father except through You. Because I know You, I know the Father. I thank You that if I ask anything of the Father in Your name, You will do it, to the glory of the Father. Help me to show You that I love You by following Your commands. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit, who is with me and lives in me. Thank You that because You live, I also will live. Thank You for loving me and showing Yourself to me through Your Word and Your Spirit. Help me to listen to the Spirit, to respond to His leading, and to learn from His teaching. Thank You for the peace You give me, so that my heart won’t be troubled and I needn’t be afraid. 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.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Martin & Patricia Regueiro
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for our national leaders

  • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
  • For Jesus to once again be Lord and King over our nation
  • For the president and cabinet to seek after God
  • For judges to rule justly and righteously
  • For senators & representatives to pass godly legislation and block sinful bills
  • That our government would protect its citizens and punish evildoers

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for the collection and processing of shoe boxes as we anticipate sharing the love of Jesus Christ with multitudes of children across the world.

LIFe with God: September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

Scripture

John 13

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why didn’t the disciples wash their own feet? Why did Jesus do it? What did He mean when He said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part of me”? How did Jesus treat Judas and Peter, even though He knew Judas would betray Him and Peter deny Him?

Application

Do I ever wait for someone else to do menial tasks that need to be done, rather than taking the initiative to do them myself? How should Jesus’ example in this passage affect my attitude in that regard? What one thing will I do today (at home, at work, for my neighbors, for my church) to follow Jesus’ example of serving? How should I treat those who hurt me, whether intentionally or unintentionally?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, Too often I think and behave as if others should serve me instead of looking for ways to serve them. Thank You for setting the example that the greatest is the one who serves the most. Thank You for showing me the full extent of Your love by washing away my sins so that I could be a part of Your family. Just as You, my Lord and Teacher, washed the feet of Your disciples, make me willing to serve others and follow Your example. I am not greater than You, My Master, and I know these things–now I will do them and follow Your path of blessing. I thank You that even though You knew Judas would betray You, You treated Him with kindness. And even though You knew Peter would deny You, You loved him. Help us to love each other, just as You have loved us, in spite of our shortcomings, and so display to all men that we are Your disciples, to Your glory and the glory of the Father. 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:

  • Dakota “Koty” & Kayla Molner
  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for the poor & imprisoned

  • Salvation
  • That they will trust in God’s provision
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • That they will have hope
  • For godly mentors in the prison/jail system

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for God to provide the wisdom, resources, and volunteers needed to oversee this expanding global outreach to children.

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