Sunday February 7, 2016 “Sabbath”

Mark 2:27&28 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
      Tonight is Superbowl Sunday. The game is underway where many of us reside. So we are praying during gametime. Many people consider Sunday as their Sabbath day. Some people will have their feet propped up on their easy chair and they will be watching the game in their living rooms, family rooms and mancaves.
The players on the field will be working hard but most of America will be enjoying their day of rest. On Sunday Nights we ask that partners pray a minimum of 15 minutes between the hours of 6 and 9 pm (all time zones), using the three focus points below as a guide.
God Bless you for your commitment to God and country as we petition heaven for God’s blessings upon America.
Prayer Focus #1 “The Sabbath was made for man.” We are not to treat the Sabbath day as a time to relax at the expense of necessary work not being done to honor the Sabbath.
There will be many people gathering tonight in homes and other venues. Please pray that as Christians rest and have fun they will not forget that God can use them to reach out and share Christ with some guests around them tonight.
Prayer Focus #2 Pray that Christians will realize that God has not laid heavy burdens on them concerning the Sabbath observance. We don’t have to be a slave to the “do nots’ of Sabbath – we should enjoy the day of rest and use it as a time of refreshing as we gather for prayer and worship.
Pray that those outside the faith will see us as those who love the Lord, rest in His care and have learned to trust Him for all things in life. This will draw people to our Good Heavenly Father.
Prayer Focus #3 “The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Our rest, the Book of Hebrews says, is in the resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord. Pray that God’s people demonstrate this by sharing testimonies of God’s goodness with friends, family and even strangers. Jesus is Lord of our rest – we do not strive for our salvation; we submit to Jesus’ Lordship and grow in faith in His completed work through the cross and rising from the dead. Let people see Christ’s Lordship in you! Share the story tonight as you watch the game.

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