Thanks for continuing to track with us on the Every Day Faith prayer journey—our prayers do make a meaningful difference in our world. Here’s a snapshot of how we’re praying this month—we’re acknowledging our need for good stewardship over our time, our bodies and our relationship with the Lord so that we can be effectively used by Him in the ways He desires wherever we are.
August 2016 (Spiritual Vitality)
For Sabbath rest for the minds, bodies and spirits of both the strong and the weary
PASSAGES TO PONDER:
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength…”
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
- That believers everywhere will be consistent and intentional about building rest, reflection and unhurried time with God into our daily routines.
- That we will become more intentional about protecting a time of weekly rest and worship.
- That we will value our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit and allow the Lord to help us be good stewards of what He has given us, both spiritually and in practical ways, such as healthy eating and regular exercise.
- That we will take the time to reflect on God’s work in our lives and in the world around us, and to listen to what He has in mind to do next.