October 9, 2014

Read: Luke 10:1-14

Do you remember the interactions leading up to your life-changing encounter with Christ? Much like the passage of scripture in Luke 10, I believe that Jesus sent a community of believers ahead of Him into my life. These believers loved Jesus and reflected Him at church, at home, and around town. They lived out their faith authentically and consistently. I saw the difference He could make in my life and was ready to respond when He called me.

I wonder what type of message my life is to those around me at work, at home, in the grocery, at church?  Am I declaring, "the kingdom of heaven is near," with kindness, gentleness, self-control and love, or am I reflecting something man-made and turning people away from God? I pray not the latter!

Join me today as I strive to rely fully upon Christ to live through me and faithfully produce the fruits of the Spirit that will attract friends, family, colleagues, and community to Him and prepare them for a life-changing encounter!

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.