Sunday, 17 April 2011

YOUR HANDS AS A PRAYER GUIDE (SUSIE SHELLENBERGER)

Php 2:1-8

1.If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care--
2. Then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.
3.  Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
4. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5.  Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
6.  He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what.
7. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!
8.  Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death--and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.

2 Th 5:23-25
23. May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together--spirit, soul, and body--and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.
24.  The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!
25.  Friends, keep up your prayers for us.

Prayer is the most powerful and effective tool God has given us.  We don’t always know how and what to pray for, but let’s concentrate today on using our hand as a guideline in the following manner:
1.       Thumb, being nearest to you – pray for the people closest to you, family and friends.
2.       Pointing finger – pray for teachers; instructors and healers; doctors and ministers.  They need support and wisdom.
3.       The tallest finger – Pray for president, leaders in business and industry.  They shape our nations and guide public opinion.  They need God’s guidance.
4.       Ring finger – our weakest finger, pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.  They need your prayers daily.
5.       Pinkie – the smallest, where we place ourselves in relation to God and others. 
(Luk 9:48 LITV)  and said to them, Whoever receives this child on My name receives Me. And whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For the one being least among you all, this one shall be great.
Let your pinkie remind you to pray for yourself.  After you prayed for everybody else, your own needs will be put into perspective, and you’ll be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

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