Prayer Tip: Walking with Christ

Posted Feb 23, 2020

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Daily Scripture

Matthew 4:17-20, 16:24

Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

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Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

John 1:12

To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.

Romans 10:9

If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Prayer Tip

My husband and I have been blessed with a little girl who is now three and a half. We love to keep her close by. Close at home so we can observe and watch her play, close in public so we can snuggle her and give her love and right next to us when we are in a parking lot or walking somewhere that might be unsafe. When she is right by our side we can protect her, we can grab her quickly if she begins to stumble, sometimes stopping her before she ever hits the ground. As she grows up, though, we won't be able to always keep her so close to us – no matter how hard we try.

In the same way, God wants us to stay close, but God does not force this closeness upon us. When we choose to walk closely with God, we are able to lean into the protection God provides. We can watch how God brings justice and observe the hundreds of ways God shows love and mercy every day.

This week, let’s pray that we find some ways to walk closer with God. This may be an action item like reading your Bible or doing a kind deed, or it may be a gratitude walk or moment of reflection where you meditate on all the wonderful things God has created. Maybe you will connect with a song.

Just like every child has a different relationship with a parent, we all will have different relationships with God. It can be a joy to discover the ways you best connect in your walk with God.

Dear Jesus,

We are grateful for you and that you want to know us. You are our creator. You know our hearts and souls better than we do. Please initiate a desire for us to walk closely with you so you can reveal yourself to us.

 - Ashly Cooley, Counseling & Support Ministries

Family Activity

As a church and as KiDSCOR, our children’s ministry, we are excited to partner with your family on your faith journey. On this journey, it is important that your child is also engaging in the Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. While in KiDSCOR, your child participates in worship, study, serving, giving, and sharing.

Along with offering many church-based opportunities for your child to grow in their faith, we desire to support you at home as you lead your child to do the same. Each week we provide you with resources. These resources contain information about the lesson your child experienced as well as ideas you can use throughout the week to put these lessons into practice at home. We also post a lot of tips, information, and resources on social media and in our newsletter.

For more information about KiDSCOR visit cor.org/kids.

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GPS Guide

Whether you’re just starting to explore the Christian faith, or you’re a long-time Christian, we want to do everything we can to help you on your journey to know, love and serve God. The GPS (Grow, Pray, Study) Guide provides Scripture and insights to enhance your journey. If you have a question or comment about the GPS Guide, please send it to GPS@cor.org.

Ashly Cooley

Ashly Cooley

Ashly supports the Congregational Care ministry at Resurrection Leawood. She works primarily with our Counseling and Support ministries.

My husband and I have been blessed with a little girl who is now three and a half. We love to keep her close by. Close at home so we can observe and watch her play, close in public so we can snuggle her and give her love and right next to us when we are in a parking lot or walking somewhere that might be unsafe. When she is right by our side we can protect her, we can grab her quickly if she begins to stumble, sometimes stopping her before she ever hits the ground. As she grows up, though, we won't be able to always keep her so close to us – no matter how hard we try.

In the same way, God wants us to stay close, but God does not force this closeness upon us. When we choose to walk closely with God, we are able to lean into the protection God provides. We can watch how God brings justice and observe the hundreds of ways God shows love and mercy every day.

This week, let’s pray that we find some ways to walk closer with God. This may be an action item like reading your Bible or doing a kind deed, or it may be a gratitude walk or moment of reflection where you meditate on all the wonderful things God has created. Maybe you will connect with a song.

Just like every child has a different relationship with a parent, we all will have different relationships with God. It can be a joy to discover the ways you best connect in your walk with God.

Dear Jesus,

We are grateful for you and that you want to know us. You are our creator. You know our hearts and souls better than we do. Please initiate a desire for us to walk closely with you so you can reveal yourself to us.

Looking for GPS Guide? Scroll to the top of this page and click the GPS Guide tab!

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