September 6, 2017
We were encouraged by those who joined us in our Month of Prayer.
Our church (Woodstock Church/Shallowford) is a campus of FBC Woodstock. For the last year we have been in a season that feels like we are starting over. There is a great spirit of anticipation as we begin and new year. The Month of Prayer was critical for us to set the tone of our absolute dependence on God.
This Sunday (Sept 10th) we will kick off a new year. We will have a new start time for our morning service (10:30 a.m.) and we will begin our new “Groups” Sunday night in a couple of homes.
Pray that this will be a season for us to deepen out roots of depending on God, deepen our relationships with each other, and reach new people.
KK and I are so grateful for our Prayer Partners. We are also very grateful for this opportunity to serve a local church while serving full time on staff at NAMB.
August 31, 2017
God, let our manner of lives be worthy of the gospel.
Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner
[that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ,
(Phil. 1:27- Amplified Bible)
Father, this month of prayer has been a time for You to shape my heart. We have joined together to seek Your face, know You more intimately, and face the challenges of sharing the gospel.
Your word is clear: the way I live matters.
Your word is clear: the way I speak matters.
I pray that You will give me clear opportunities today to share the gospel in how I live and what I say.
Give me opportunities to respond to conflict in a Christ-like way. Give me opportunities to see broken hearts; and give me gospel-compassion to care and respond like Jesus. Give me opportunities to have gospel-conversations with those I encounter.
As I begin this day, I stop to kneel before Your Lordship. You are my King and my Lord.
As I get up off of my knees, I stand to live in a way consistent with Your call on my life.
May the way I live demonstrate the work of grace You are doing in my heart. May what I say point people to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus’ Name,
August 30, 2017
God, lead us into the good works You have prepared for us.
For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art],
created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used]
for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set],
so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
(Eph. 2:10- Amplified Bible)
Father, Your grace is changing me. I am so thankful for the transforming power of Your grace as You mold me and make me.
Many times I feel like a dry lump of clay. My feelings lie to me and tell me that I am useless. Then, the voice of truth tells me another story! Your Word says that You are making me into a work of art that gives praise back to You.
Overwhelm me today with a sense of destiny as I walk in the works You have prepared for me.
Give me eyes to see how You are going before me.
Use me to serve and love others You will put in my path.
Lead me today into the good works You have prepared for me.
August 29, 2017
God, help us to walk in newness of life as a testimony to the gospel.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Father, as I begin a new day, I preach the gospel to my heart again.
I have been identified with Jesus in His death. I claim His death as the payment for my sin. I could never pay the price for my sin, remove my sin… I could never approach Your righteousness in my sinfulness. But I come to Jesus as the One who paid the complete price of my sin. I have baptized into His death.
I have a new identity in His life—resurrection life. You have raised me in Him. Through Him who loved me—I am more than a conqueror. I have a new kind of life in Him.
May I live this day as one who can love because I have been loved.
…as one who can forgive because I have been forgiven.
…as one who can serve because I have been served.
…as one who does what is right—because the Righteous One has given me new life.
August 28, 2017
God, we love others because we know your deep love for us.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
(1 John 4:7-11)
Father, everything I know about real love comes from You. There are a lot of things called “love” that pretend to be love—but You are the author and source of true love.
You chose to love us. You didn’t need us—but You chose to love us. You chose to love me.
As I read this passage I am reminded the only reason I love is because You first loved me. The source of my love is my found in my new birth.
As You live in me today—love through me today.
August 27, 2017
God, may our lives cause others to glorify You.
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,
so that when they speak against you as evildoers,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
(1 Peter 2:12)
Father, there is no good in me, that is in my flesh. But You are living resurrection life in me—choosing and doing for Your good pleasure.
That’s why I humble myself before You and ask that You give me the grace to live an honorable life. As a new creation, You have given me the desire to do what is right.
As I gather with other believers today, I pray that we will motivate each other to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25).
When unbelievers look at our lives, may they see You living in us
August 26, 2017
God, we pray that the gospel advance by any means necessary.
I want you to know, brothers,
that what has happened to me
has really served to advance the gospel…
Father, give me eyes to see the world through the lens of the gospel—not through the lens of my circumstances.
Deliver me from letting circumstances control my life. Give me a deep longing to know You and to make You known—a longing that goes beyond my circumstances.
Help me see how You use every circumstance in my life, good and bad.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances teach me about my heart and about You.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances give me a chance to put the gospel on display.
Today I pause to pray for those I know who are struggling in difficult circumstances. Overwhelm them with a sense of You presence. Give them the opportunity to see Your hand at work in their circumstances. Give them opportunity to testify of Your goodness and grace in the middle of their difficulty.
Your word says that You resist the proud but give grace to the humble. I humble myself before You.