Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DAY 2 - A Praying Church Series: LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART


Affirmations from God: 
There are many things that take precedence in our lives, and sadly, God is not usually at the top of our list. However, for all Christians for we are all called to be role models, there is but One God, and we must love God unreservedly and entirely.

We say we want our spiritual leaders to be men of God, however, too often we ask them to twist and turn the scriptures so that we can cuddle and stroke the hidden sins in our lives. We want them to skip around and choose scripture, taking it our of context to make it say what we want it to say. Then, when they uphold the scriptures, refusing to misrepresent God and his Word, we argue with them, and often form posse groups to chastise them or to quieten them. 

Through our actions and behaviors we challenge them to “forsake their first love.” Thou shalt love the Lord thy God... which is the first and chief commandment in the law, the sum and substance includes or at least has connected with it, knowledge of God, esteem of him, delight in him, faith and trust in him, fear and worship of him, and obedience to him.

God forbid that we would persecute the men and women who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might. We are to pray for and encourage each in our Christian walk that none of us will forsake our first love.


Personal Application:
  1. What takes priority in your life? What do you delight in?
  2. Do your words or action imply that you want your leaders to forsake God and his ways?
  3. Seek God allowing Him to reveal the condition of your heart toward him.
Prayer:
Prayer for yourself: Ask God to grow your desire to know him in an intimate way, to make him first priority in your life. Ask God to show you how to affirm your spiritual leaders. Then join them in devotion to God and his Word and to growing His Church.

Prayer for spiritual leaders: Pray that your spiritual leader(s) will love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. Pray that God’s Spirit will work in his heart in power and that he will value and follow biblical priorities.

Prayer for the lost: Pray that God will continue in his love and mercy to draw the lost to him and to provide opportunities so that we may witness to them.