Matthew 5:23-24 (prayer of awareness)

11 Jun Matthew 5:23-24 (prayer of awareness)

Let’s welcome God every morning before work by giving a few minutes to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled… Matthew 5:23-24 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “We can make choices that change the way we live our individual lives and that can be good and helpful. But even when we do what we can, it may not make a big difference to the poor of the world. It makes a difference, however, if we choose to remain aware, if we don’t pretend things are not the way they are. That can be a good, ongoing prayer.” by Mitch Finley

Rich’s comments: Some people change the channel quickly when they see the commercials of the starving children in Africa, or shy away from websites depicting the realities of abortion, but I feel that these images help us to maintain an awareness that others are suffering and dying in this world. This sense of awareness can be its own ongoing prayer within our hearts, keeping them from becoming calloused and desensitized to the injustices of our world. Be aware and let your heart cry out to the world in prayer!

Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: Have you ignored the injustices of our world? Pray constantly for those who are suffering. It will move your heart to take action.

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth (John 14:6) to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16) and setting the unborn free!

Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Jason Peters (his son JP in hospital), Rich Reich (his Dad’s has blocked brain artery), Carla Neal (Jean, Brenda, Donna, Joe & family, Roy, Joan, Mary Ann, Christina, Kenneth, Angela, Sue, Tammy, Tim & Family), Sue Peters (Wendi Kotlinsky cancer treatment was successful!), Rich Reich (Anne Vieira’s sister-in-law died suddenly.)

Feast Day: St. Barnabas

Faith Quote: “Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.” by St. Thomas Aquinas

Through Christ our Lord,
Romans 12:12

* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.Let’s joyfully invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!

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