Preparation for Prayer:

Lord, grant me the wisdom to understand your generosity through the scripture provided. Open up my soul to come to know where you are at work within me and our church so that our heart begins to mirror yours. Thank you for leading, convicting, inspiring and transforming me as I yearn to follow your ways in all I do.  Amen.

Scripture Reading:

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them...” (Exodus 3:7-8)

Thoughts:

At the core of the thinking and convictions of every would-be generous giver must be an awareness of the heavenly Father, who is greatly moved by human need and who desires to act on it.

“...The cry of the Israelites has reached me...I am sending you...” (Exodus 3:9-10). Moses, aged 80, was the man of the hour. The call, the assignment and the delegation of responsibility set in motion the events that would lead Israel out of Egypt.

Part of the making of a generous giver is an experience not unlike the one Moses had—an experience of calling. Perhaps ours will not be quite as dramatic, nor will the magnitude of the call be as great. But the assignment is just as real. We must assume that God has, for each of us, a part to play in His grand scheme of redemption. Through our giving and the investment of our skills, God anticipates that we will play a seminal role in reaching people in their hour of need.

Until that vision is clear and until it has attached itself to our hearts, we remain only marginally useful. But when we have heard God speak, everything changes. Like Moses, we head for our Egypt. Do you know where your Egypt is?

Reflecting Moments

1. Have we experienced God’s call on our life? What is it that God would have us do to serve Him? How does God want to bless us? How can we bless God?

After reflecting, bring your prayers and petitions to the Lord for yourself and the ministries of the church – children, student, adult, mission, worship, outreach, congregational care, the leadership, etc. Please ask our God to shower His favor and generous blessings on us so that we can generously love the church, our community and world.

 

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AuthorJustin Sommer

Preparation for Prayer:

Lord, grant me the wisdom to understand your generosity through the scripture provided. Open up my soul to come to know where you are at work within me and our church so that our heart begins to mirror yours. Thank you for leading, convicting, inspiring and transforming me as I yearn to follow your ways in all we do. 

 

Scripture Reading:

I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays...I will shepherd the flock with justice. (Ezekiel 34:15-16)

Thoughts:

In Israel’s day, the gods of the surrounding peoples were not caring gods. They were aloof, insensitive, capricious, and amused by suffering. The best a pagan worshipper could hope for was that his god would be appeased, somehow mollified into granting the prayerful petitioner his wish.

Not so with Israel’s God. He not only cares, but Ezekiel pictures Him doing what even the shepherd will not do: “I myself with search for my sheep.” The world had never heard of a God who would come down, hear the cries of His people, and act on their behalf.

Listen to God’s intentions: “I will rescue them...I will bring them out to their own land...I will pasture them...I will tend them...There they will lie down...feed in a rich pasture...I will bind up the injured, strengthen the weak...I will shepherd the flock with justice.” (Ezekiel 34:12-16)

 

Reflecting Moments

1. Do I relate to God as my shepherd? Have I experienced His searching, care-giving love? When and how?

 

After reflecting, bring your prayers and petitions to the Lord for yourself and the ministries of the church – children, student, adult, mission, worship, outreach, congregational care, the leadership, etc. Please ask our God to shower His favor and generous blessings on us so that we can generously love the church, our community and world.

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AuthorJustin Sommer