As we continue our sermon series entitled, Summer Reads, this week we consider: “Dicey Dichotomies.” Here’s how you can be praying:
I Samuel 8 (various verses follow)
“You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.”But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”
Colossians 1: 15-20
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
· Give thanks that God hears our voice and responds to our prayers. (Ps. 116:2)
· Pray that the One we worship is Jesus and that He alone rules all of our lives. Ask God to show you how to place Him first and allow Him to rule over all, yet be a part of a world where He allows others to lead.
· Pray that peace in the world, unity, provision, reconciliation, protection, renewed hope, and the power to do good through our Lord Jesus Christ and His precious blood that was shed on the cross for all, will be done, because we put Him first and over all.
· Pray that Jesus will teach us the art of navigating today’s dichotomies. Pray for the mind of Christ to be formed in us before we speak or react. Pray for civil discourse in our country. Give our leaders and the media ways of being and words to speak. Ask God for healthy, holy conversations that heal, help and protect our people, our nation and the world.
· Ask the Lord whom you should invite to church on Sunday. Allow Him to create a sweet time of worship and community together.
· Pray for all those at Family Camp, for safe travels, sweet fellowship and the Holy Spirit’s transforming power in the hearts of all who attend.
“God never commanded you to trust people. God commanded you to love people and trust Him. Know the difference. Your joy and victory depend on it.” Mike Murdock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQWFzMvCfLE – HILLSONG, What a Beautiful Name