Every Day Faith – Praying for Sabbath rest in August

Before the start of a busy fall season, here’s how we’re praying this month.

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Before the start of a busy fall season, here’s how we’re praying this month. Along with our monthly prayer focus, visit www.everydayfaith.ca for encouragement in the disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, generosity and sharing our faith in word and deed. Thanks for continuing to track with us on our Every Day Faith journey.

August 2017 (Spiritual Vitality)

For Sabbath rest for the minds, bodies and spirits of both the strong and the weary

  • 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.

PASSAGES TO PONDER:

Isaiah 30:15a

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…”

Exodus 20:8-11

“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.”

Isaiah 58:13-14

“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.

Isaiah 43:19

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.

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