Week of January 18-23, 2021 (text version)
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Matthew 16:18 (CSB)
God has given us a great gift through Jesus: the church. He first speaks about this new assembling of His followers in Matt 16:18. Let us praise God for His gift to us, the church, and the promise of it overpowering evil.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.” 1 Cor. 12:27 (CSB)
Scripture uses many ways to describe the church: a family, a body, a fellowship. All believers are to be active participating members or parts of the church. Take time today to examine your part in the church.
“in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.” Rom. 12:5 (CSB)
We have great assurance in being a part of God’s family. Another blessing is that we have a purpose. He has designed the family with many parts, just like a body. Each part has a purpose. Do you know your purpose? Ask God to show you your purpose in the body today.
“According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts…” Romans 12:6 (CSB)
Every church member is given a specific function in the church. Our feet are parts of our body. And they have a specific function. Scripture tells us we have a specific function in the body of Christ. He has given us at least one gift to accomplish this function. Ask God to show you or confirm your gift(s) today.
“But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ.” Eph. 4:15 (CSB)
We all need people to hold us accountable to how we use our words, money, and time. We need people to challenge us when we sin and encourage us when we’re struggling. Who is speaking into your life? Into whose life are you speaking?
“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” Eph. 5:15-16 (CSB)
As we grow together building one another up, we are cautioned to watch how we live. Today’s world has danger around every corner. We are challenged to watch individually as well as corporately. Pray for God to help us stay attentive and walk with wisdom.
How do you Prayer Walk?
Prayer walking is something you can do individually or as a family. It’s really simple and a great way to teach your children how to pray and show compassion for your neighbors. Start at your home and begin walking around your neighborhood.
1. You can stop at each house if you would like and pray for those who live in the house.
2. You could also pray for an entire street as you walk by each house praying specifically for those things listed below.
You can pray for these things while on your walk:
1. For you to have an opportunity to meet them, if you don’t know them, and to become good friends with them.
2. For them to be protected from the Coronavirus.
3. If they have children, pray for them and for their parents as they continue school at home.
4. Pray for their salvation. You can pray for them to come to know Christ if they don’t know Him as their Savior and/or pray for them to grow in their faith during this pandemic.
You can also leave them a note letting them know that you care for them and prayed for them while on your walk. (Please don’t put the note in their mailbox. That’s a crime!)
We’ve designed a little note for you to download and print at your home. There’s a place for you to write a note to them if you would like. It also lets them know how they can specifically ask for prayer if they so desire, by clicking and downloading here: SV Prayer Cards.
While you’re out prayer walking, snap a pic and share it with us by sending it to email@example.com. We would love to pray for you and your neighborhood!